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Membership review

Council has identified that some CSP membership rules need updating. It has developed and agreed a set of proposed changes to the rules

Members will be invited to vote on these proposals at the 2017 annual general meeting. We need to make changes to the membership rules in order to:

  • meet the requirements of new Trade Union legislation
  • clarify anomalies and ambiguities in the existing byelaws and rules
  • reflect changes in physiotherapy education, workforce and settings

What are the main changes?

For chartered physiotherapists, students and associates, the proposed changes are minor and do not affect existing rights.

The main changes include:

  • affiliate membership being open to graduating student members pending HCPC registration, overseas physios and students who don’t qualify for another grade, and certain animal physiotherapists who are not qualified members. Affiliate members, other than graduates, will not automatically have the right to vote for Council or at the AGM.
  • associate members being eligible for a career break grade, in line with qualified members.
  • reflecting the changing environment for associate members, including the wider range of professionals who may supervise associates, and the expected growth of non-graduate qualifications for physiotherapy staff.
  • making it explicit that students are not eligible for union services or to take part in union ballots.

Where can I find out more about the changes?

You can:

What happens next?

Council has confirmed its support for the proposals at its June 2017 meeting.

The proposals will now go to the 2017 annual general meeting, where members can vote in person or by proxy.

Qualified members and students will be able to vote on each of the proposals. Associate members will be able to vote on everything apart from bye-law changes.

We will contact members in September, with details of the AGM and the full set of proposals.


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