Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

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Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that works with people to identify & maximise their ability to move & function. Functional movement is a key part of what it means to be healthy and includes the potential to engage safely with work.

Area of occupational health work

Physiotherapists working in occupational health provide rehabilitation of employees with a wide range of health conditions, with a view to restoring individuals’ fitness and capability to meet the demands of their job. They deliver services to individuals, groups and organisations on matters relating to occupational health and well-being. Work-based assessments and advice are related to an individuals’ particular work activity and include advice regarding adjustments as well as work-hardening activities.

Toolkits available

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) including physiotherapists can complete an AHP Advisory Fitness for Work Report. This tool is available for physiotherapists on the CSP website. The completed AHP Fitness Report is given by a physiotherapist to a patient to discuss with their employer. It comprises tailored recommendations and advice to support decisions to help the employee remain in work or return to work following injury, illness or other intervention.

Membership criteria

Practising physiotherapists registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) may become members. Healthcare support workers may join as associates.

Conferences and study days

The CSP holds an annual scientific conference and a range of regional CPD events; mainly for physiotherapists and allied health professionals.

Quality Standards and Regulation

The CSP expects its members to comply with its Code of Professional Values and Behaviour (2012), which sets out the CSP’s expectations of its members and the Quality Assurance Standards for the Provision of Physiotherapy Services (2012).  

Chartered physiotherapists are regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council.

Promotion of research and service evaluation

Promoting research awareness

The CSP supports members in undertaking research through the Allied Health Professions Research Network, provision of a range of research grants and bursaries, and through close working with HEI’s.

Published evidence-based material

The CSP supports high quality research through rigorous review and assessment of contributions to its scientific journal, ‘Physiotherapy’.

An information paper on the training needs for AHP Occupational Health advanced practitioners can be found at:[1].pdf

Contact CSP

For more information contact Natalie Beswetherick by email: or visit the CSP website.

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