Physiotherapy to be at heart of Primary Care
Prof Karen Middleton, chief executive of the CSP, said:
"This is a very encouraging plan for the NHS, the physiotherapy profession and for our patients.
‘It marks the clear shift towards providing services in the community that we have long called-for and places an emphasis on prevention.
‘It explicitly sets out the integral role physiotherapy staff, including first contact physiotherapists, will make in delivering this transformation.
‘Crucially, it also sets out targets on rehabilitation across a number of conditions, which will serve to focus minds when designing and commissioning services.
‘We will go through the detail in the coming days and it is already obvious that there remain unanswered questions about workforce and social care funding, among other issues. These must be addressed if we are to achieve the success the plan aspires to.
‘But as a blueprint for how the NHS should proceed with physiotherapy playing a crucial role, there is a lot to like in this plan."
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