Haelo, in partnership with Salford Royal and Salford CCG, is piloting a new scheme that allows patients to self-refer for physio as a result of musculoskeletal complaints without having to go to their GP.
Nationally, up to 30% of GP consultations are taken up with patients who need referral to a physiotherapist for pain that affects the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and bones.
In an effort to empower patients to make their own choices about their care, and to reduce the amount of time GPs spend with MSK patents, this collaborative project – funded by Salford CCG, supported by Haelo – will see patients being able to contact the physio service directly to make an appointment.
This new route in to the service is called go2physio.
Gaby Ford, Clinical Fellow at Haelo on a 12 month secondment, SRFT Physiotherapist and Clinical Lead for the self-referral project, said: “This is about putting the patient at the centre of their care and supporting them to self-manage their conditions.
“Patients who choose to self-refer may find they are getting a physio appointment quicker because they are not having to wait for a GP appointment.”
The pilot will begin in January 2017 at Sorrell Bank Group Practice, Langworthy Medical Practice and Ordsall Health. Patients will be able to self-refer in a number of different ways over the next few months.
If the project proves to be successful, it will be rolled out across the city. Patients can still opt to be seen by their GP rather than self-refer.
A pilot at Sorrell Bank Group Practice, Langworthy Medical Practice and Ordsall Health tested a number of different ways for patients to self-refer from January 2017.
This project has now been rolled out across the city of Salford. To self-refer to NHS physiotherapy, visit www.srft.nhs.uk/go2physio. Patients can still opt to be seen by their GP rather than self-refer.