Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

Physiotherapy helps to reduce pain and restore movement for people with a musculoskeletal condition. Self-referral to physiotherapy is a system which allows a person to refer themselves directly to a physiotherapist without needing a referral from a GP.

Pilots have demonstrated that self-referral to physiotherapy is popular amongst patients and can reduce waiting times. It is also associated with improved health outcomes, is safe and cost effective. Despite this, only a third of Clinical Commissioning Groups in England currently enable people with arthritis or back pain to self-refer to a physiotherapist.aruk-newlogo-square

Arthritis Research UK is keen to promote wider take-up of self-referral to physiotherapy across the NHS in England. For more information on our policy position on self-referral to physiotherapy please contact Tracey.

Welcome to our new Policy Officer, Tim Marshall

We are delighted to welcome Tim Marshall to the Arthritis Research UK policy team. Tim’s previous roles included working within the NHS Clinical Services team on policy within Domain 2 of the NHS Outcomes Framework. This included long-term conditions, end of life care and musculoskeletal conditions – so you may know him already! He looks forward to working with you and you can contact him at

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