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Pinpoint the pressure: physiotherapy staff

We are beginning this initiative as members at our annual conference called on the CSP to take action regarding stress at work.

Recent NHS staff survey results for physios reflect the CSP’s own research findings, indicating that the level of stress and over work among physiotherapists in the NHS is becoming a matter of concern.

Key findings for CSP members show:

  • 59% of NHS physiotherapists went to work when they were ill.

  • 31% of NHS physiotherapists reported feeling unwell as a result of work-related stress and pressure

  • 60% working up to 5 hours unpaid overtime a week and 10% doing over 6 unpaid hours.

Additionally both nationally and within DCHS:

  • Recruitment and retention of physiotherapists continues to be challenging for many NHS organisations

  • Stress is featuring as a significant cause for long term sickness absences

As part of the campaign the CSP will be encouraging reps and members in their workplaces to discuss how they are feeling about workloads and whether their experiences of work related stress is impeding their health, safety and wellbeing.

Our experience within DCHS shows how working in partnership with the organisation achieves constructive solutions and we would welcome your support in the campaign.

A number of DCHS’s CSP safety reps and stewards have already attended a Pinpoint the Pressure training day, where they received a resource pack and action plan. The training explored ways in which they could effectively engage and involve colleagues to increase understanding and awareness of the causes of work pressure as a first step to finding solutions, and we will be shortly running a survey (on survey-monkey) for all CSP members ( Physios and Associates to complete).

We appreciate that leaders are under considerable pressure themselves and we hope our campaign can be of mutual benefit. We are keen to build and share our experiences of best practices that we intend to gather during 2017 as we work with reps, members and yourselves to improve work conditions.

As an initial part of the campaign the CSP will be encouraging reps and members in their workplaces to discuss how they are feeling about workloads and whether their experiences of work related stress is impeding their health, safety and wellbeing -   through completion of a survey, which we expect to circulate to all Physio’s and CSP members within DCHS during the next few weeks.

A number of DCHS’s safety reps and stewards have already attended a Pinpoint the Pressure training day. The training explored ways in which they could effectively engage and involve colleagues to increase understanding and awareness of the causes of work pressure as a first step to finding solutions.

Our experience within DCHS shows how working in partnership with the organisation achieves constructive solutions and we would welcome the support of both staff and leaders in the campaign. We appreciate that leaders are under considerable pressure themselves and we hope our campaign can be of mutual benefit.

The CSP is keen to build and share its experiences of best practices that they intend to gather during 2017 as the campaign progresses to enable us to then work with members and leaders to improve work conditions, and hopefully this learning can be utilised by DCHS to benefit all staff

Thank you for your support.

For further information about the campaign please visit our website www.csp.org.uk/pressure or email your local CSP Safety rep or Steward

nickyowen@nhs.net

andy.dickenson1@nhs.net

elizabeth.young14@nhs.net

helen.edghill@nhs.net

kate.stanyon@nhs.net

For further information about the campaign please visit our website www.csp.org.uk/pressure