The CSP took the message that ‘Scotland need more physios’ to the SNP conference this week.

CSP public affairs and policy manager Kenryck Lloyd-Jones shared a panel with Eileen McKenna of the Royal College of Nurses, Laura Wilson of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Michael Matheson MSP, Scottish government cabinet secretary for NHS recovery, health and social care.

The fringe event, titled ‘A health and care workforce fit for the future’ explored the workforce challenges facing health and social care in Scotland in workforce planning, recruitment and retention.

Mr Lloyd-Jones made the case that with record high vacancy rates (averaging over 10 per cent in Scotland) impacting on staff and services the demand for more physiotherapists in the NHS workforce has never been greater.

While many other health professions struggle to fill training places, only seven per cent of the hundreds of university applicants are being accepted onto undergraduate physiotherapy training places, leaving considerable scope to expand the supply of qualified physiotherapists.   

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