Published: 17/02/2005, Volume II5, No. 5943 Page 24

Phil Gray, chief executive, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

I was sorry to read about the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the care of Linda Goldsmith's elderly mother following her stay in hospital last year (Speak Out, page 23, 3 February).

I hope your readers will recognise the vital contribution being made by physiotherapists and occupational therapists in dealing with problems around delayed discharge and in helping older people to maintain their dignity and independence.

Through the establishment of active rehabilitation programmes, physios and OTs have contributed to the large reduction in delayed discharge and both groups are at the forefront of maximising older people's potential to get on with living an active life.

In preventing repeats of the problems encountered by Ms Goldsmith and her mother, one of the major challenges ahead is ensuring that health and social care agencies work together effectively to secure a swift and seamless transition from hospital to home for as many older people as possible.