#BackingRehab – London

What is the CSP interest in the GLA?

The CSP is the professional body and union for physiotherapists and support staff. We have over 7000 members in London.

What is rehab?

Rehabilitation is an essential part of healthcare, following surgery, illness or injury, and aims to optimise function and wellbeing. Rehabilitation works by helping people get back to daily activities, return to work and enjoy their leisure. Community rehabilitation when provided leads to:

✔   shorter length of stay in hospital (good for the patient and taxpayer)

✔   improved mobility

✔   increased activity levels

✔   significantly improved quality of life.

Physio rehab helps treat a wide range of conditions:

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) -Rapid access to musculoskeletal physiotherapists can reduce the amount of time people are off sick and is vital in preventing a new acute problem becoming chronic and long lasting.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) – CVD includes conditions such as angina, heart attack and stroke. Up to 90 per cent of the risk of a first heart attack is due to nine lifestyle factors that can be changed. Physiotherapy-led cardiac rehab programmes are clinically effective in reducing mortality, improving health and quality of life, reducing length of hospital stays and reducing the number of hospital readmissions.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – COPD is an umbrella term for a group of lung diseases that include chronic bronchitis, emphysema and small airways disease. Pulmonary rehab programmes are clinically effective and cost effective in improving health and quality of life, reducing length of hospital stay and reducing the number of hospital readmissions for people with COPD.

Stroke – Approximately one-third of stroke survivors are left with disability and rehabilitation needs. Emerging evidence shows that physio rehab very early after stroke (ie, mobilisation within 24 hours) and at high intensity leads to better outcomes and is cost effective. A minimum of 45 minutes of physiotherapy for five days a week is recommended.

Falls – One in three people aged over 65 will fall every year equating to more than three million falls per year. Half of people who fall will fall again in the next 12 months. In the UK physio-led group exercise programmes have been shown to be effective and to reduce falls by 29 per cent and the risk of falling by 15 per cent – and individual exercise programmes by 32 per cent and 22 per cent respectively.

As more people survive serious accidents there is a growing need for rehabilitation physiotherapy. London’s NHS may already be struggling to cope with increased rehabilitation demands as a result of the success of major trauma centres. Robert Bentley, director of trauma at King’s College Hospital has expressed concern that there are insufficient community rehabilitation facilities in London.

Be part of the campaign

The CSP is encouraging candidates to get behind local rehabilitation services. There are a number of ways that the Mayor and Assembly can act to support quality rehab. In supporting the #backingrehab campaign, candidates are committing to take action if elected such as:

  • Visiting a local service and meeting staff and patients
  • Meeting with patient groups
  • Asking London’s health commissioners to ensure adequate rehab services.

All candidates who sign up to support #backingrehab will receive further information on the value of rehabilitation.

Candidates on twitter will receive a retweet for tweeting ‘I’m #backingrehab’ in support.



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