On the outside looking in… is physiotherapy still the poor relation in the healthcare family?

Despite a GP recruitment crisis and recent Junior doctors strikes the governments response to easing pressure in general practice is to create doctors assistant positions and ignore the call from the CSP to place MSK physiotherapists as first contact practitioners in primary care. Instead the government will axe over 100 physiotherapy training places. A back … [Read more…]

Is the CSP’s anti-austerity campaign leading the profession down an ideological blind alley ?

I have a letter published in the latest edition of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist’s Frontline magazine. The letter requests a follow up article and in depth analysis of how a NHS team at St Mary’s Community Health Campus, Portsmouth managed to reduce their physiotherapy waiting times from 12 weeks to 2 weeks by working … [Read more…]

AQP or not AQP?… that is the question.

Whether it is physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports therapy or chiropractic – small, local private MSK clinics have much to offer their communities.  They provide a personal experience where the practitioner knows their patient and their past medical history. The clinician can draw on previous experience to determine what treatments are effective for that patient. These small … [Read more…]

Meeting new clinical needs

With a changing health market that places greater emphasis on the self management of musculoskeletal problems, a new clinical tool has emerged to assist physios in providing their clients with both exercises and information about their conditon. The makers of the tool, the Exercise Prescriber, say it is a useful response to NHS reforms and … [Read more…]