BMA backs greater use of physiotherapy
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New guidance supporting greater patient access to physiotherapists in primary care may help to alleviate pressures faced by GPs, the BMA has said. The guidance document, Physiotherapists in General Practice, published by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, outlines how physios can be better used to support general practice. It is accompanied by an online calculator designed to help estimate costs for a surgery considering whether to include physios within their teams.
GPC policy lead for education, training and workforce Krishna Kasaraneni, who provided one of the forewords to the guidance report, welcomed the plans. He added that initiatives designed to diversify and widen expertise within general practice had the potential to reduce workload pressures as well as improve access to specialist musculoskeletal services for patients.
It is believed that between 20 to 30 per cent of consultations within GP surgeries relate to musculoskeletal complaints, with physiotherapists able to assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions autonomously.
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