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Guidance on career framework on the way

The CSP is to produce guidance for physiotherapy managers advising how to make the most of the new competence-based career framework for allied health professionals.

The framework was launched last month by the Department of Health.

Its purpose is to help clinicians plan their continuing professional development and career progression, and to help

improve commissioning of health services and education.

The CSP briefing will consider how managers and their staff might use the framework and supporting web-based

tools to maximum effect.

Julia O’Sullivan, CSP research and development unit head, said discussions were now taking place about what the briefing should include.

She said it was likely to look at issues such as how the framework might be used to make the case for new roles and promoting physiotherapy services to commissioners.

It would also seek to include advice related to training, research and personal development plans, and outline what the CSP will be doing to support the work. The brief will highlight how the AHP career framework and the knowledge and skills framework can be used to support role development.

The AHP framework does not spell out specific competences for physiotherapy and the CSP is looking to take forward work to develop a physiotherapy framework, Ms O’Sullivan said.

The CSP framework will identify dimensions of practice to show how physiotherapy addresses the needs of

the population. 

‘It will provide descriptors that capture the essence of all levels of practice in order to help commissioners and others make detailed decisions around service delivery and staff development,’ Ms O’Sullivan said.  It will support the AHP framework by contextualising it to physiotherapy practice.


If you are interested in being involved in the development of the CSP physiotherapy framework, contact Mairead O’Siochru at  For details of the framework go to


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