Priority 14 from the Physiotherapy PSP

UNCERTAINTY: Do staffing levels and skill mix impact patient and service outcomes? What are the best staffing levels and skill mixes in different areas of physiotherapy and how do these compare to current staffing provision?  (JLA PSP Priority 14)
Overall ranking 14
JLA question ID 0061/14
Explanatory note This question asks how the number of Physiotherapy staff available and their experience effect: 1) the results patients experience and 2) how ‘well’ Physiotherapy services operate (e.g. amount of physiotherapy available to patients, length of time patients have to wait for treatment etc.) and what the best staffing mix is for different areas/settings. Patients, carers and physiotherapists gave survey responses which contributed to the development of this question.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. 2017. NICE Guidelines CG74: Intermediate care including reablement

Health Research Classification System category Generic Health Relevance
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Is the system sufficiently staffed to provide optimum physiotherapy to allow every patient to reach their full recovery potential? [Questio ID 2080, Patient and Carer]
Submitted by Question submitted 16 times across all groups of people
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0061
PSP name Physiotherapy
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 65  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 7 February 2018