Reading Physio Fees,
Community based care is in the everyday community where you live. If you want community based Physiotherapist treatment through the NHS or your private health scheme you need to comply with the NHS provider or health insurance rules, if you book direct then Physio fees are reasonable.
If you pay the Physio fees yourself, then just call up & book an appointment. Anyone can book an appointment without a referral from their GP or medical professional. As a HCPC registered Physiotherapist there are boundaries to scope of practice. It’s the same for everyone in a healthcare team. Every profession has their own role and that’s what they are good at.
When people are ill, they usually go to see their medically qualified general practitioner. If someone is injured, then depending on the severity of their accident, they either go to a hospital department for x-rays and scans, their GP, or book direct in to my clinic.
In the UK, everyone entitled to NHS treatment, is registered with a GP surgery. The main role of the general practitioner involves common medical conditions and referring people for urgent & specialist treatment.
Most of the people who book to see their GP have simple medical problems. A few of these are referred for simple tests and then management is in the community. Increasingly conditions treated with repeat prescriptions, are managed by a community Pharmacist.
A very small percentage of people who book to see their GP are referred to a more experienced medical professional, who specialises in niche topics usually at a hospital clinic. Sometimes this is because the GP isn’t exactly sure what’s wrong but wants to make sure that everything is checked correctly. Sometimes the GP has a very good idea and wants the person to get help urgently.
A few people who see a niche specialist medical professional need hospital based medical treatment. Whether it’s with or without this, a large percentage end up back having community based care.
Most issues are managed in the community
So, most people who go to their GP, will have the outcome that their problem is managed in the community. A large percentage of this involves self-management. Some of which can include change in diet, lifestyle, work, taking medication and having support & treatment from pharmacists, nurses, therapists & coaches.
A big challenge for someone who has a health problem managed in the community, is that not only is there is rarely just one technique or intervention which will make the problem go away. But also, what works for one person may not work so well for another.
Heath & wellbeing, people & lifestyle are complex. It may be possible to sum up a problem and put it into a single medical word box of diagnosis. But, it’s liable that management will be complicated, vary for everyone and probably involve some ‘trial & error’.
The system works well for those people who have disease and disorders that can be life shortening or life threatening and need specialist medical treatment. The system doesn’t work so well for the huge number of people with ongoing noncommunicable or age related problems. Management of many of these problems requires more social & community support, self-management and little NHS funded medical treatment
Is it medical treatment, social care or self management?
The boundary between medical treatment & social care & self management is blurred. In the UK, most people don’t step back to question if their ongoing issue is a ‘medical matter’ or if they are now no longer in the medical loop, but out in the community either under social care or self-managing. If they have transitioned from medical to community & self-management, NHS and private health insurance funding will stop.
It’s fair to say that the medical & social care community have been positioning health this way for decades. As a HCPC registered Physiotherapist, I hear from many people who want help & advice. What they say leads me to believe that they have not realized how much the system has changed.
They haven’t made financial provision to cover ongoing support, once funded by the NHS.
So, think on this:
There isn’t one health state or circumstance where NHS community Physio is an entitlement
In 2016 people are expected to fund their community support which may put a strain on their financial resources.
People factor in paying for gym membership, hairdressing, food, clothing, rent & travel but not body and mind care
Great news Physio Fees, hourly rates, are less than a plumber!
The great news for people wanting help is that Physio fees are very reasonable and people rarely need more than a short course of help. Physiotherapists are trained to get results quickly.
A full course of treatment costs about the same as a routine car service
Unlike other bodywork professions, Physiotherapists wont tell you ‘things will relapse’ without lifetime support. But if your life is stressful, you can benefit from sports massage, hands on work to help you cope, advice on exercise, movement, lifestyle, all for the same reasonable hourly fee charge.
Even better is that you get seen when you want, day evening, whatever is convenient, you choose.
So, is you want some help call up today.
Jill Wigmore-Welsh MSc GDPhysMCSP HCPC
If you need some help with your health & self management then contact me via the contact page or give me a call