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Advanced physiotherapy in A&E
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust treats 88,500 Accident and Emergency patients per year.
An advanced physiotherapy practitioner post was established in 2010 for people attending A&E with musculoskeletal injuries to provide holistic assessment, diagnosis and advice for all aspects of their condition.
The role includes ordering and interpreting investigations such as X-rays and blood tests and onward referral for further physiotherapy if required.
Evaluation has shown increased service efficiency and care quality:
- patients receive immediate access to expert physiotherapy diagnosis and advice
- waiting times are lower
- reduced need for more expensive medical staff has resulted in cost savings of £32 per patient - a 60% reduction
- patient flow through A&E has improved
- staff have reported better knowledge sharing between members of the multidisciplinary team
- Last updated:
- 25 June 2019