The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ (ISM) sister charity will provide the service in partnership with Physio Med and it will include self-management and face-to-face sessions at a practice close to members’ homes.
The launch follows a survey the ISM undertook this year in which members reported that mental health, musculoskeletal conditions and hearing impairment were the three biggest medical challenges they faced that prevented them for working.
The ISM Members’ Fund introduced a face-to-face counselling service earlier this year.
The new service will allow members who have suffered a musculoskeletal injury to access physiotherapy.
To access the service members will need to contact ISM, who will then coordinate enquiries and be the day-to-day contact for members.
Deborah Annetts, chief executive, ISM, says: ‘Responding to the ever-changing nature and needs of the music sector is of paramount importance to the ISM. Over the past year, the ISM Members’ Fund, the ISM’s sister charity, has developed and expanded the range of specialist support we offer to members for their health and wellbeing.
‘The freelance and self-employed nature of musicians means that suffering an injury or MSK condition which prevents their ability to work can have a devastating impact on their wellbeing. Providing fast access to physiotherapy to help them get back on their feet is vital, which is why we are pleased to launch our new physiotherapy service with Physio Med. This is first time this kind of innovative service has been offered on this scale in the music sector and we hope it is transformative for our members suffering from any kind of injury or MSK condition.’
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