The ISM Members’ Fund launches innovative new physiotherapy service for musicians

The ISM’s sister charity the ISM Members Fund has today launched a brand new pilot physiotherapy service as part of innovative new health and wellbeing services for musicians.

The physiotherapy service, which is in partnership with Physio Med, is the first service of its kind offered on this scale in the music sector. The treatment as part of the service will include both self-management, which includes a detailed treatment plan of exercises to undertake at home; and face-to-face sessions at a physiotherapy practice close to home.

In a survey earlier this year, members reported that mental health, MSK conditions and hearing impairment were the three biggest medical challenges they faced that prevented them from working. The ISM Members Fund has already introduced a face-to-face counselling service earlier this year and this new service will enable members who have suffered an MSK injury to access physiotherapy.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said:

‘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.’

Notes to editors

About the physiotherapy service

The ISM Members Fund’s new physiotherapy service is in partnership with Physio Med and is the first of its kind offered on this scale in the music sector. It is open to full, graduate, student and retired ISM members.

The types of treatment available

Members will receive a treatment plan detailing the exercises that they need to undertake to resolve their issue. This includes fact-sheets on the exercises to complete and access to an online portal containing videos of the exercises. Throughout the treatment period the member is supported by Physio Med with regular calls to update on progress. Once the treatment plan is completed a further assessment is taken to determine whether the situation has resolved itself, whether face-to-face sessions are needed or a referral is required into the NHS.

Members will be linked up with a physiotherapy practice within 30 mins by car from their home. Members can request a particular physiotherapist but Physio Med can’t guarantee that they will be assigned to that person. Physio Med has a stringent vetting process for the physios they have in their network. The Members Fund will pay for up to three face-to-face sessions. If more sessions are required, the member will have to self-fund treatment. This will be made clear to them in the information they receive when they sign up to the pilot. At the end of the treatment if the situation isn’t resolved then the physio will refer them into the NHS with supporting documentation.

About the ISM Members Fund

The ISM Members Fund, the sister charity of the ISM, has provided help and support to members or former members of the ISM and their dependants who are in real need since 1917. Over the coming year we will be expanding the range of services on offer to provide greater support in the areas of health and welfare as part of ISM membership.

About the ISM

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music education. Since 1882, we have been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession. We support almost 9,500 musicians across the UK and Ireland with our unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services. Our members come from all areas of the music profession and from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds. As well as working musicians, our membership also includes recent graduates, part-time and full-time music students, and retired musicians. We campaign tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession as a whole. We are a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no political affiliation. This independence allows us the freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.

For more information about the ISM, please contact [email protected].

About Physio Med

Physio Med, launched in Leeds in 2000, provides cost effective Occupational Physiotherapy and Ergonomic solutions to major national businesses including Waitrose, the John Lewis Partnership and Kier. Physio Med has a current turnover in excess of £2million a year, employs 20 people and has a network of more than 2500 senior Chartered Physiotherapists across 780 hand-picked practices. For further information about how Physio Med work with clients visit www.Physio

For further press information about Physio Med please contact Sarah Giangregorio or Colin Batchelor at The Right Agency on 0800 910 1898.