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Governance review

The Governance Review is a Council-led initiative looking at Council and its committees to ensure they are fit for purpose

Council is developing a new governance model with a smaller Council of 12 elected members and three supporting committees. This draws on governance good practice, benchmarking with others and an assessment of the pros and cons of current CSP arrangements.

Any changes will ultimately be for members to agree at the Annual General Meeting in November 2017.

The model is based on Council's earlier decisions, in particular:

Members deserve a dynamic, credible and robust Council on which members aspire to serve and that others benchmark against

  • The purpose of Council – 'The purpose of Council is to provide leadership of the physiotherapy profession and governance of the CSP' and
  • Leadership representation – Council members are representatives of the CSP membership, elected to lead the profession. They will consider all members' needs and work in the best interests of the profession as whole.

Under the proposed model, Council will get the very best 12 members – regardless of where they live or work. With well-established networks and good communication, this will encourage grass-roots interest in Council and participation in the election process from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


Read the updated frequently asked questions find out more about the CSP governance review.

All members will be eligible to stand for election to Council, reflecting the changing and increasingly complex environment members work in. This is a move away from segmentation, ie, without seats reserved for particular groups and areas eg the NHS, research, associates, students, regions and nations.

Draft Committee terms of reference (covering professional practice; finance, risk and performance; and employment and industrial relations) explain the purpose of the proposed committees and how they will operate, including their membership. Fewer committees will ensure strong focus on and good scrutiny of key Council functions.

Other ways of gaining member insight and expertise, e.g. project and programme groups, short-life working groups, workshops, roundtables, peer review and research activity, will target particular CSP business needs and provide more opportunities for members to contribute in a timely way. Council has agreed principles to make sure it draws on and uses members’ expertise and perspectives well.

Work will continue over the summer to finalise Council’s proposals. Formal proposals to CSP members will be available to members at the end of September, when the Annual General Meeting pack is posted online.

The Governance Working Group, a short life working group leads the review on behalf of Council. It has three members: Vice-President Alex MacKenzie is chair, plus two Council members: Sharon Greensill and Beverley Harden.

If you would like more information about the review, or would like to send your comments, you can email the governance working group: or alternatively the head of governance, Jo Hampton:

Updated: 14 June 2017


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