Physiotherapists must be put on the front line to ease pressure on GPs and hospitals
Analysis by specialist recruiter, Medicare First, found that adopting this approach could potentially save the NHS millions of pounds by easing pressure on trusts that are currently reported to be at breaking point. This ties in with research by Gary Morris, a lecturer at Cardiff University, which found that boosting physiotherapists’ roles could save the health service a minimum of £21m per year.
Andrew Anastasiou, managing director of Medicare First commented, “Promoting the role of physiotherapists is crucial to the ongoing success of the NHS. These professionals focus on recovery and recuperation and away from costly clinical interventions, which is one of the main aims of the health service at the moment. This strategy not only helps people to get better, but also improves patients’ overall fitness and reduces the likelihood of requiring this service in the future.”
“The idea has already been piloted by some health boards, particularly in Wales, but absolutely has to be rolled out more extensively across the UK if we are to reap the real rewards. It’s hard to go a week without hearing one story or another about a shortage of GPs or hospital doctors and increasing the roles of physiotherapists, who already provide a critical service, could certainly go some way in solving this issue. It’s reported that up to 30% of GP appointments are related to musculoskeletal problems and allowing these professionals to take some of the workload would free up time from GPs, who may have to see patients with more long-term and complex medical needs.”