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Making community rehabilitation count

Over 50 charities and professional health bodies, led by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, are calling for a revamp of the way patient data is collected across England to improve rehabilitation services, which enable people to manage their medical conditions and live more independent lives.

The Community Rehabilitation Alliance (CRA), of which SIA is a member, believes that centralising patient data collection is key to tackling health inequalities and will revolutionise under-resourced, over-subscribed acute, specialised and community rehabilitation services.

A key recommendation that the CRA makes in its report Making Community Rehabilitation Count is for NHS England to use a single, centrally located database for community rehab services to use. It needs to be safe, efficient and co-designed with stakeholders to reduce data entry duplication and foster data sharing, which will help with levelling-up health inequalities across the country. The CRA believes that having the right data will help service providers and healthcare workers realise the true potential and value for patients of rehabilitation.

Prof. Karen Middleton, Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said:

“What is counted is what often counts – that’s why we’re proud to have funded this work, as part of the Community Rehabilitation Alliance – to show the importance of data in designing services that meet population needs. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is deeply committed to leading the rehabilitation movement and will continue to work collaboratively with over 50 patient organisations and professional bodies to ensure rehabilitation is a key pillar of health.”

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