A report from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has found that one in three physiotherapists entering the UK labour market comes from overseas, with Australia, South Africa and New Zealand the main sources. Most enter the UK for short periods and work in temporary positions in the NHS. CSP chief executive Phil Gray said the report showed the NHS, which has 1,000 vacant physiotherapy posts, was dependent on international recruitment. He called for urgent action to retain UK-trained staff and for 'more detailed policy consideration'to be given to the role of overseas-trained physiotherapists.
International Recruitment of Physiotherapists: a report for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. www.csp.org.uk