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What is the Any Qualified Provider scheme?

The Any Qualified Provider (AQP) scheme means that for some conditions like neck and back pain, patients are now able to choose from a range of providers to deliver healthcare. All providers meet NHS standards.

What does AQP mean for my neck or back care?

All providers whether based in a hospital, GP practice or private practice premises , are required to provide neck and back treatment in line with set criteria that has been stipulated by the local commissioning group.

One requirement is that all providers must encourage patients to be more involved in their own care and empower them to take further responsibility for wellness. You will therefore be provided with information at the start of treatment and throughout your whole package of care on how to self-care, in accordance with best practice.

What neck and back services are available?

St George’s Physiotherapy service provides a comprehensive, patient-centred, easy access back and neck service at St Georges, St John’s or within the Wandsworth GP practices. We offer a wide range of physiotherapy services to help with neck and/ or back pain.

Neck and Back treatments may include:

  • Joint mobilisations and manipulation
  • Soft tissue mobilisation
  • Exercise programmes tailored to the individual’s condition to improve power, endurance and fitness
  • Muscle imbalance correction
  • Core Conditioning exercises based on Pilates concept
  • Preventative advice
  • Postural re-education
  • Ergonomic assessment for work place, home or sport
  • Appropriate stretching

We offer an integrated approach to your health and well being. As part of your rehabilitation we may offer a referral to another NHS service. For example the Podiatry services for those with back complaints who may require a Biomechanical Foot Assessments.

What happens if I cannot have treatment under the ‘AQP’ scheme?

The AQP scheme aims to see patients with back and/ or neck pain with or without symptoms ‘referred’ to the limbs and includes:

  • Whiplash associated disorders
  • Stiffness and restricted movement
  • Headaches, arising from the neck
  • Postural related neck and back pain
  • Non-specific neck and back pain
  • Simple neck or backache
  • Arthritis pain
  • Neck or Back strain/ sprain
  • Spasm of neck or back
  • Muscular neck or back pain

If on your initial assessment your neck and/ or back pain condition does not fit the criteria set by the AQP scheme, we will arrange it with your GP that you can still access our services and receive the treatment you require outside this scheme.