Reference 2017-491

REF:            2017-491

Subject:        Physiotherapy Services 

 

 

Request:

VACANCIES 

Request 1

  1.        a) Please confirm how many whole time equivalent physiotherapist and physiotherapy support worker vacancies were held in Bolton NHS Foundation Trust as at 31 March 2017.
  2.        b) Please confirm how many of the posts in Request 1a had been vacant for 3 months or more as at 31 March 2017.

 

POSTS 

Request 2:

Please confirm how many whole time equivalent (WTE) physiotherapists and physiotherapy support workers were employed by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust on the 31 March 2017. (This should include any generic assistant or technical instructor posts that support physiotherapy service provision).

 

PATIENT DEMAND 

Request 3:

Please confirm the number of new referrals (including patient self-referral) to physiotherapy services in Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, in the following financial years:

  • 1 April 2016 to end of 31 March 2017
  • 1 April 2015 to end of 31 March 2016
  • 1 April 2014 to end of 31 March 2015

 

SPENDING 

Request 4:

Please confirm how much was spent on physiotherapy agency/locum/temp staff in Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, in the following financial years:

  • 1 April 2016 to end of 31 March 2017
  • 1 April 2015 to end of 31 March 2016
  • 1 April 2014 to end of 31 March 2015

 

 

PRACTICE BASED LEARNING 

Request 5:

Please identify the clinical areas within your physiotherapy services that provide placements for physiotherapy undergraduates in the last financial year (1 April 2016 to end of 31 March 2017).

 

MUSCULOSKELETAL (MSK) PATHWAY 

Request 6:

  1. a)         Please confirm/deny whether Bolton NHS Foundation Trust provides MSK services that include first contact physiotherapists in General Practice
  2. b)         Please confirm/deny whether patients can self-refer to physiotherapy services within the MSK services provided by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Notes on terms used in Request 6

First contact physiotherapists in General Practice

  • When an individual contacts their GP they can be offered a consultation with the First contact physiotherapist instead of seeing the GP and without needing to see the GP first.
  • First contact physiotherapists in General Practice provide assessment, diagnosis, exercise/ self-care advice, and if necessary, referral for investigations or treatment.
  • They may work solely in General Practice (s) or they may be both part of the GP team and a physiotherapy team providing services in community or secondary care.
  • First contact physiotherapists in General Practice have been given a variety of different job titles

 

Self-referral to physiotherapy services

Self-referral is the term for a means of accessing physiotherapy services, where patients can arrange an

appointment without needing to be referred by a health professional.

 

Public interest arguments

There is a clear public interest for disclosure of this information, in that disclosure will:

  • Further the understanding of and participation in the public debate of issues of the day, and will allow a more informed debate of issues under consideration by public bodies
  • Promote accountability and transparency by public authorities for decisions taken by them.
  • Promote accountability and transparency in the spending of public money.
  • Allow individuals to understand decisions made by public authorities affecting their lives and, in some cases, assisting individuals in challenging those decisions.

 

 

 

Response:

Please find information attached.

2017-491 – FOI request – Physiotherapy Services [264 kb] PDF