Local NHS physiotherapist, Steven Swindell, based at Audley Mills surgery in Rayleigh is featured in a new national NHS campaign that promotes a range of healthcare professionals that are now working at some GP surgeries and in the wider community to help local residents get the right care when they need it.
Steven’s role features alongside others including clinical pharmacists, paramedics, social prescribing link workers, and advanced clinical practitioners. A range of materials highlighting the new roles, including leaflets, posters, digital screens and social media resources are now available to all GP practices across England.
The leaflet is part of a campaign nationally outlining how services in general practice and the community are being transformed to make it easier for patients to access a wider range of clinical professionals at their surgery, closer to home, by phone or online.
Steven Swindell, physiotherapist from Audley Mills said:
“It’s great to feature in this national campaign that raises awareness of new roles that are available in some GP practices such as mine. More physios based in community GP surgeries means people can get the specialist treatment they need faster. It is estimated that musculoskeletal problems account for 30% of GP workload, so it’s proving helpful in freeing up the GPs to see other patients. The patients have given fantastic feedback so far, very positive.”
Across south east Essex, local residents can now benefit from more than 30 new health professionals including clinical pharmacists, physiotherapists, advanced nurse practitioners and paramedics that have been welcomed into GP practice teams in the area.
This is part of the NHS long-term plan to offer people further choice and more joined-up healthcare.
Tricia D’Orsi, Chief Nurse for NHS Southend and NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG, said:
“It’s always rewarding to see a local face as part of a campaign and the fact this is being cascaded nationally is very impressive. The national campaign aims to explain how healthcare services are being transformed so patients can access safe, high quality care and a wider range of clinical professionals at their surgery, closer to home, by phone or online.”