Advanced scope care physiotherapy

Assessment of Neck Moton
Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia has launched the state’s first advanced scope care by physiotherapists for a rheumatology screening clinic.

Patients with musculoskeletal conditions referred to see a rheumatologist, may be directed to an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist. This Physiotherapist works in an advanced scope role. He/She will undertake assessment and diagnosis and determine a management plan.

Aims of Advanced Scope Care

Jennifer Persaud, clinical lead of the WA Musculoskeletal Health Network SCGH orthopaedic outpatients department aims to:
  • reduce wait times
  • achieve high patient satisfaction
  • improve health outcomes for patients
  • while freeing up space on the outpatients wait-list
  • to access specialist rheumatologist care
  • ensure timely access to appropriate care and treatment.

Ms Persaud says at least 40 percent of patients on the rheumatology wait list have a general musculoskeletal condition, not a specific rheumatic disease.
The service operates two clinics a week. It will run until the end of March when patient throughput and satisfaction data will be analysed .

Benefits of  Advanced Scope Care

“The benefit of advanced scope care is that a Physiotherapist can assess the patient, direct treatment and link directly with other clinicians.  Advice and recommendations are about the kind of treatment that the patient should be receiving,” she says.

“If a patient has a general musculoskeletal complaint that requires non-surgical and non-medical management, then the advanced scope physiotherapist can give advice and education face to face,” Ms Persaud says the initiative has received strong support from her medical and surgical colleagues.

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