March 28, 2023
There is so much in the news about how our fabulous NHS is under stress. Here at BWT we aim to support our NHS colleagues and offer discounted treatment via the BLUE LIGHT card scheme. We work closely, collaborating with GPs and medical teams to provide a seamless service for you, our patients.
But what does the impact of the challenges in the NHS mean for you?
A recent paper has highlighted the importance of rehabilitation. In physio terms this refers to returning a person to their best after an injury or illness, and maximising functional recovery (or the ability to gain independence) for those recovering from, or living with more chronic conditions such as post stroke or Parkinsons.
The paper, published in Sage Journals, entitled ‘Rehabilitation potential: A critical review of its meaning and validity ‘was published in December 2022 and examined the concept of rehabilitation potential that emerged in 1950 as a way to select individuals for rehabilitation; and also used to limit access to services.
The objective of the paper was to clarify the meaning(s) of rehabilitation potential and whether it was a valid concept in selecting patients for rehabilitation, whether as an inpatient, outpatient, or in the community.
‘Rehabilitation potential, defined as data that gives the likelihood of additional benefit from receiving input from an expert rehabilitation service, is an illusion lacking any coherent definition, description, or evidence. Its use to limit access to rehabilitation is invalid. The solution is to offer all people not recently seen by an expert multi-professional rehabilitation team a full rehabilitation assessment and formulation, which will reveal what rehabilitation might achieve.’
The solution as suggested in the conclusion could be the mantra by which our team of rehabilitation physios and therapists already abide by.
Why are these challenges happening?
Our NHS is such a remarkable service. It is striving to achieve the solution described above, but the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has identified
‘In the UK, there is currently one physiotherapist for every 1,136 people compared to Germany where there is one for every 430 people and Australia where there is one for every 742 people.
The CSP is calling on the government to grow registered physio numbers by at least seven per cent per year. At this rate it would take five years to bring England closer in line with international comparisons with one physio for every 810 people.
The CSP also commented on the ramifications of the 2023 budget
‘Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Hunt introduced a suite of measures to address the leading causes of ill health related inactivity, including extra funding that would scale up community (musculoskeletal) MSK hubs in England, to enable more people to access treatment, and an expansion of access to the public to digital resources and health checks.
CSP policy director Rob Yeldham said: ‘Whilst extra funding to keep people with MSK conditions stay in work is welcome there was nothing extra for community rehabilitation. . . . The budget simply did not address the biggest issue physiotherapy is facing, which is a lack of staff. We are lagging far behind other countries when it comes to the ratio of physiotherapists to patients.’
So how can BWT Physio help?
All of our physios, rehabilitation therapists, physio assistants, massage therapists and allied professionals are here for you, with vast experience of first contact assessment, tailored treatment and management of conditions. We will:
- Listen to you closely
- Ask where you want to get to
- Find out what your real problem is
- Use the most up to date treatment methods to manage your pain or symptoms
- Design a treatment plan specifically for you
- Be there to guide you every step of the way
- Liaise with, or signpost you to the appropriate service where indicated – such as MSK ultrasound, MRI, consultant or GP referral, dizzy clinic, acupuncture, podiatry or lifestyle medicine.
You do not need a GP referral to book an appointment. (NB some private medical insurance policies do require this; please check with your provider before booking)
We are so appreciative of our NHS colleagues; this is on no way a criticism of their phenomenal hard work and dedication, but we do understand that through no fault of their own, waiting lists and some access to physio treatment could be limited.
We are at the end of a phone call or email enquiry. BWT – Your Body Is Our Specialism – we could just be the answer you are looking for.