European Physiotherapists are Needed in the UK, says CSP
Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the CSP has expressed the need for European physiotherapists in the UK and for British physiotherapists in Europe
The CSP is urging the immigration minister to ensure that European physiotherapists and physiotherapy staff will continue to be able to work in the UK; the Council of the CSP says that given the ‘serious and immediate’ shortage of physiotherapists in the UK, colleagues from around the world are ‘vital to meeting the needs of patients’.
The CSP, a member of the Cavendish Coalition (a group of 34 health and social care organisations who are working to ensure the system is properly staffed after exit from Europe), support the continued free movement of people between the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. Particular importance is placed on members in Northern Ireland being able to treat patients across the UK/Irish border as well as live there.
The Coalition has approached the government, calling for a post-exit immigration system, where UK health and care providers would be allowed to recruit from the EU. This would aid recruitment needs which cannot be met through domestic recruitment or training.
The CSP Director of Strategy, Policy & Engagement, Rob Yeldham, said ‘'NHS and independent services are crying out for more physiotherapists. Many find it difficult to fill vacancies because not enough UK physiotherapists are being trained.”
He continued, “The CSP is campaigning for 500 more graduates a year but that will take time to achieve. In the meantime, patients will face longer waits if we lose physios due to Brexit uncertainty.”