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The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has joined with Physio First to create a digital resource to support members working in the independent sector.

The hub takes a physiotherapist, whether self-employed or working within a business, through all the aspects of governance including health and safety and clinical governance.

CSP defines working in the independent sector as: “Anyone working outside of the NHS, other public sector organisations, social enterprises or the charitable sector is working within what is termed the independent sector.”

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During the last year, physiotherapy services across the independent sector were hit hard by the impact of the pandemic. The society said it received many requests to support members in this sector to navigate the frameworks, policies and procedures that needed to be in place to ensure a safe and effective patient environment was created.

CSP Professional Adviser Sara Conroy said: “Listening to our independent sector members we understood that more specific guidance was needed to enable physiotherapists manage the additional pressures placed on services by the pandemic.

“We hope it gives clarity to all that the CSP can offer. We will continue to develop these resources with Physio First and feedback from this sector.”

Now, the comprehensive hub provides information about exploring the impact and requirements placed by the legal, regulatory and professional frameworks, and supporting members with business planning activities.

Independent physiotherapists can also learn more about the safe management of patients, clinical governance and professional requirements within the sector.

You can access the digital resource here

In October, CSP launched a third set of rehabilitation standards. Aimed at physiotherapy workers, the rehabilitation standards set out to ensure COVID-19 patients receive a high standard of care when recovering from the virus, giving them the best chance of recovering and regaining their pre-illness level of independence and quality of life.

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