The RCN claimed that Allied Healthcare Professionals were being used to fill nursing vacancies.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has today challenged assertions by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) that physios are being used as substitute nurses.
The rebuttal comes following claims from the nursing union that there are growing instances of people without registered nurse qualifications being employed for registered nursing roles.
According to the RCN, adverts often carry a caveat that post holders need to be registered either with the NMC or the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
A recent advert for a matron post responsible for older people’s mental health and learning disability services was open to a “registered professional clinician with demonstrable evidence of working at senior level” but did not say it required NMC registration.
Another ad for a band 5 staff nurse required the post holder to be an “RGN/RN or hold an equivalent Allied Health Professional Qualification”.
Physios are not, and don’t want to be, nurses.
The College has said that while it is committed to multidisciplinary working in health and social care, the practice “leaves patients without professional nursing care and compromises safety.”
Upset by the claims, the CSP issued a public statement today rejecting the notion that Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHPs) are being used as ‘substitute nurses’.
CSP policy director Rob Yeldham said: “The relative success of physiotherapy in expanding over recent years does mean that we have more physios applying for roles which are rightly open to multiple professions.
“But there is no evidence that physios are taking on nursing roles.”
The CSP stated that “Physios are not, and don’t want to be, nurses” but did admit to some overlap in the roles including; managing multidisciplinary teams involving both nurses and AHPs, specialist clinical roles where both physios and nurses may have had requisite specialist training, and working on therapist-led rehabilitation wards.