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DanceUK, the national dance advocacy agency, has tentatively announced the creation of a specialist dancer's clinic located within the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in central London.
The clinic is the first "practical" stage of the proposed National Institute of Dance Medicine that DanceUK has been fund raising to establish for several years now.
Although specific plans of operation have not yet been decided the clinic will house a part-time physiotherapist who will act to both triage and treat professional dancers suffering from the all too common injuries related to their work.
It is anticipated that referrals for treatments and diagnostics (such as x-rays and other scans) will be expedited by virtue of the clinic being located within an orthopaedic hospital. This can't be guaranteed however because it is still the National Health Service (NHS) and speed is not something they are well known for.
As the service is being provided within the NHS all dancers will have to be referred to the clinic via their current GP. DanceUK have not ruled out dancers being able to contact the clinic directly for advice or an appointment but the fine details are still being decided.
In order to get a referral GPs need to be made aware of the clinic in the first place (DanceUK will be running an awareness campaign) and dancers will have to convince their doctor that their job and their livelihood depends on them receiving specialist treatment.
DanceUK anticipates that should dancers run into problems getting referrals they will be able to provide some assistance alongside dance companies and other employers "proving" the patient is a professional dancer.
Initially the in-house physiotherapist will be paid using some of the funds already raised by DanceUK and their partners in this long running endeavour. If the service proves to be successful in its first year then funding for the physiotherapist will then switch to the NHS itself, thereby ensuring its continuation.
The agency are hoping to start the clinic in February 2012 but further details should be available, with more specifics, toward the end of this year or the beginning of next year.