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DigitalMay 9, 2024

Phio app could bring 'transformational change' to MSK patients in Argyll and Bute, says lead physio

Derek Laidler, lead physiotherapist for Argyll and Bute, has hailed the introduction of a ‘modern digital physiotherapy app’ – known as Phio – that aims to support general practice in the area.  

‘We recognise the importance of providing patients with immediate assistance when they need it,’ Derek said.

As part of a one-year trial by Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership the health board – which covers a large area in the west of Scotland with many patients residing in remote locations – Phio is being made available to everyone aged 16 or over who is registered with a GP practice and has a musculoskeletal (MSK) condition. The app is accessible 24 hours a day on any device that has an internet connection.

‘Phio will enhance the first contact physiotherapy (FCP) service by offering prompt and simplified access to MSK physiotherapy care, information, and guidance. This will ensure that patients receive the appropriate care at the right time,’ Derek noted.

 

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Phio will offer faster access to GP physiotherapy services across the Argyll and Bute area

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A 'transformational change' for physiotherapy

By allowing MSK patients to receive clinical support from physiotherapists remotely, the Phio app will help to cut treatment waiting times and the need to travel to clinics.

‘Phio will positively impact patients’ lives and we are pleased to be at the forefront of this transformational change in the delivery of physiotherapy care,’ Derek added.

Fiona Ward, clinical lead for FCP said: ‘It is important to highlight that the FCP service will not be changed, and the use of the Phio App is entirely optional for patients. It is an additional service that patients can choose to help improve their MSK condition and access to physiotherapy services.’ 

Phio will positively impact patients’ lives and we are pleased to be at the forefront of this transformational change in the delivery of physiotherapy care [Derek Laidler]

Questions about Phio?

  • 73 per cent of GPs recommend self-directed exercises for muscle and joint problem
  • more than 66 per cent of people report less pain within two to four weeks
  • 68 per cent of people get started with their exercises within one day
  • Source NHS Highland  

To find out more about Phio, click 

To read about some of Derek Laidler's career highlights, read PhysioUpdate's Q&A artlcle from earlier this year

Author: Ian McMillan
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