As a Physio First member you could be part of our unique Data for Impact programme.

This involves monitoring patient outcomes and promoting physiotherapy, and it could help further your career.

Data for Impact is our online, standardised, data collection tool created by us in collaboration with the University of Brighton. You can use it to input and analyse data on your practice, patients, treatments and outcomes. Taking part in Data for Impact is the first step to becoming a Quality Assured Practitioner (QAP) or Quality Assured Clinic (QAC) status.

With our innovative data collection tool – developed by Physio First in collaboration with the University of Brighton – you can record and upload anonymous patient treatment and outcomes that enable us to produce regular reports specific to you and your clinic.

Whether you’re a private physiotherapist working alone, or part of a large practice, Data for Impact is an invaluable business tool for benchmarking your clinical skills.

Through our tailor-made data collection project, together we can collect, record and view anonymised patient data that will be turned into valuable information on the outcomes of patient treatments.

The data collection tool, funded by the Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation, has been developed in collaboration with the University of Brighton which now administers it.

To access this resource you can input your own anonymous patient information by using our short form online data collection tool.

Thanks to the participation of our members, Data for Impact is building up a wealth of ongoing patient data that we are analysing and collating into a national interim report. This is available to Physio First members every four months.

As a participating member you can use this growing bank of patient data to establish treatment outcomes and patient trends. 

We will send individual reports to participants who collect over 50 complete datasets and these can be used to support your Continued Professional Development training, or to apply for our new Quality Assured Practitioner kite mark.

What is Data for Impact (PF-DFI)

In 2005 the Standardised Data Collection System was developed for private practitioners by Physio First, with the University of Brighton (UoB), and funded by the Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation (PPEF).

Between 2009 and 2013 Physio First members used this system to collect data which was analysed and then published in 8 snapshot reports which are now available to members by clicking here to follow through to our benefits page where they are located.

In 2013 the UoB and Physio First evolved a new, shortened version; the short form tool that is easier to complete than the previous versions, and will be permanently available to our members. So, having learned over the past 5 years “how to collect and analyse data”, we can now not only continue to do it, but also begin the process of learning how to use it.

This short form tool was piloted between March and Mid-April 2014, and our preliminary results were analysed. Following the success of this pilot, the full collection project was launched in November 2014. If you wish to have access to an example of the later shortform tool results, please contact Physio First on 01604 684960 or email us on [email protected]

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Our eBooklet tells you everything you need to know about becoming a Quality Assured Practitioner. It explores how acheiving QAP will help you and your clinic, and includes sections that you can share with patients. Just click the image for your own copy and please feel free to share it on your website, in your emails and on social media..

 Download the DFI ebooklet


Exciting times
The short form tool was launched November 2014 as a permanent, on-line, developing bank of data that is downloaded and analysed every two months.

Physio First, and in time individual practitioners, will be able to draw upon this analysed data to fight our market place battles, “champion” private practice and back up what “we know we know”; without this data, who would listen? Please join in this collection by clicking on the link:  Join the Physio First Data for Impact (PF-DFI) Study

You can contact Shemane Murtagh at the University of Brighton via email [email protected]

We also have a five minute tutorial that will help you get started in using the online data collection tool.

If you want to hear what our Chair and Vice Chair had to say about the value of the project at our 2014 Physio First conference click below to view their presentation: “Data Collection Revealed” Conference Presentation 2014
If you would also like to hear how pivotal this data is to our future and why you really do need to join this collection please click on this year’s presentation from our Chair – “Physio First Revealed” Conference Presentation 2015: “Physio First Revealed” Conference Presentation 2015

[Reviewed - August 2022]

Why should I join Physio First's Data for Impact?

Physio First, together with the University of Brighton and funded by the PPEF have developed the Data for Impact programme which enables our members, through submitting anonymised treatment and outcome data on their patients, to obtain national reports on the efficacy of physiotherapy. This information enables us to champion evidence based, cost-effective physiotherapy to our stake-holders and our patients. 

It is only by participating in Data for Impact that you can become a Physio First Quality Assured Practitioner (QAP) or Physio First Quality Assured Clinic (QAC).

[Reviewed - March 2019]

Source of publications by the University of Brighton

Please click here to download the list of publications produced by the University of Brighton using data from the Physio First Data for Impact scheme plus Links