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costcalculatorMarch 21 2016

A cost comparison tool to demonstrate how much a general practice could save by employing a physiotherapist has been launched. It has been designed to allow Chartered Society of Physiotherapists members to calculate the costs of an existing GP care service and compare it with the cost of their own proposed physiotherapy service.

The calculator uses data from the Personal Social Services Research Unit and can show the hourly costs of GPs and all bands of physiotherapists, said the CSP.

Andy Lord, CSP project manager for Physiotherapy Works, said: “Members can use it to figure out what the savings would be for GP practices in their patch – or for a particular GP practice that they are thinking of targeting – and the calculations can be used to support a business case.

“They can then go to a GP and say ‘look, if you took us on we could save you £20,000 in the next six months and you could see your patients for five minutes longer’, or whatever the calculated benefits might be.”

Dr Maureen Baker, RCGP Chair, said GPs “are extremely grateful for any initiative that aims to ease these pressures, and make it easier for our patients to access appropriate care and services in the community.” She pointed out that the RCGP has already championed a successful scheme to place pharmacists in GP surgeries, and that GPs are open to similar initiatives with other healthcare professionals, in the best interests of patient care.

“Whilst the services GPs and physiotherapists provide complement each other, they are very different, so whilst we would welcome better integration between the two we would recommend that any self-referral schemes reflect local needs and are continuously evaluated,” she added.

“We would also need assurances that patients do not fall prey to providers who are not accredited by the CSP, whose members are trained to the highest standards and have the skills to identify health problems that go beyond musculoskeletal conditions.”

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