Rehabilitation of adults who are hospitalised due to Covid-19: physiotherapy service delivery

The CSP has developed these standards in direct response to the rapidly evolving situation. 

These peer-reviewed standards are aimed at the physiotherapy workforce and service leads. They are underpinned by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), government and profession-specific guidance on Covid-19. We will review and update them as the knowledge base and expert experience develop.

This particular set of standards covers rehabilitation in hospital critical and acute care settings through to step-down rehabilitation facilities and/or ongoing rehabilitation in the community. 

There are five quality standards:

  • Assessment and goal setting.
  • Timing and intensity of rehabilitation.
  • Continuity of care and communication.
  • Ongoing rehabilitation in the community.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control during rehabilitation.

Expert peer reviewers:

  • Stephanie Mansell – Consultant Respiratory Physiotherapist, Consultant Physiotherapy Group Co-chair
  • David McWilliams – Consultant Physiotherapist Critical Care
  • Lucy Silvester – Major Trauma Service Lead
  • Ema Swingwood – Respiratory Pathway Lead/Physiotherapist, Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC) Chair