Rosie Cooper MP has welcomed the launch of a new report on the role of physiotherapy in social care settings.


Rosie attended a reception in Parliament on Wednesday 9 July to learn more about physiotherapy and show her support for a new report Physiotherapy Works for Social Care.


The document highlights the benefits of investing in community based physiotherapy services – the 5 Rs:

  • reversal in deterioration and ability

  • resilience through self-management and integration into the community

  • results gained by focusing on outcomes not activity

  • responsiveness to people’s changing needs

  • resources that are saved by physiotherapy’s cost-effectiveness


The report sets out the shared vision physiotherapy and social care professionals have for services which prevent deterioration, promote and improve physical, mental health and wellbeing, encourage directed self-management and build people’s confidence, independence and life-chances.


Rosie Cooper MP said:

“I was delighted to be able to attend the launch of Physiotherapy Works for Social Care and meet physiotherapists, patient organisations and social care professionals.


“Physiotherapists have a crucial role to play in delivering community based care which is patient centred and cost effective. Physiotherapy services should be provided as part of care packages.


“Put simply physiotherapy works for social care because it supports independence.”


Sue Rees, CSP Chair of Council, said:

“Physiotherapy changes people’s lives every day all over the UK.


“I know that physiotherapy is often perceived to be a healthcare intervention, but physiotherapy and social care have a lot in common.


“Physiotherapy enables people to maximise their quality of life, optimise their health and wellbeing, and it increases their ability to live independently and participate fully within their communities.


“These are the outcomes that people with care needs want for themselves. Investing in community based physiotherapy services makes sense.”

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