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Physios scoop second prize

25 November 2019

Joint working

Physiotherapists at Southend Hospital won second prize in this year’s Excellence in Primary Care Awards, organised by the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Anthony Smith and Paul Manjaly, Senior Physiotherapists received the awards at a ceremony organised by Castle Point and Rochford CCG and Southend CCG earlier this month.

The Physiotherapists work as First Contact Practitioners at GP practices in West Leigh to provide specialist physiotherapy for musculoskeletal (MSK) patients. 

The service which started as a pilot in January this year has been a great success with 99% of patients recommending the First Contact Practitioners for providing specialist physiotherapy.

Musculoskeletal conditions include back and neck pain, fractures associated with fragile bones and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Noreen Buckley, Head of Rehabilitation and Service Manager for Rheumatology said: "By providing specialist physiotherapy at GP practices, we are able to see patients with musculoskeletal conditions much more quickly and freeing up time for the GPs to treat patients with other health issues. Our physiotherapists have integrated very well within the GP practices and this has been immensely beneficial to patients."

Note to editors:

Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group and Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) approached Southend University Hospital to work with them on providing highly skilled MSK physiotherapists to GP surgeries as part of the First Contact Practitioner (FCP) project in primary care.

The success of the pilot meant that some GPs nominated the two physiotherapists for the Quality Awards 2019 - Excellence in Primary Care Award.

Photo caption: from left to right, Dr Brian Balmer, Chief Executive of Essex LMC, Paul Manjaly and Anthony Smith.