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It’s important to maintain your Public liability Insurance cover in these changing times as Robert Millett explains

No one likes change in their lives but the government’s recent health white paper has proposed major organisational change within the NHS, which could affect physiotherapy. The coming changes are likely to impact on workers’ rights including national pay, terms and conditions and pensions. As a result, many physiotherapists and support workers face an uncertain future. Physiotherapists tend to have a ‘can do’ attitude and be highly adaptable but in the current uncertain climate the benefits of CSP membership have never been more apparent. CSP membership offers access to expert workplace representation through its national network of trade union officers and stewards. Additionally, the CSP will continue to lobby the government on the behalf of members – striving to preserve workers’ rights and to secure the future of the profession. CSP membership offers many other valuable resources – its peer support and online networking opportunities, dedicated careers section of the website, reduced-fee attendance at CSP events, CPD eportfolio support, the latest news, features and jobs provided by Frontline magazine, news bulletins and specialist newsletters; the job escalator website, a comprehensive library and information service and the wide-ranging public liability insurance cover.  James Hale, director of CSP marketing and communications, said: ‘The wealth of support offered by the CSP membership package provides excellent value for money.’ Public liability insurance is one of the biggest benefits offered by CSP membership – an essential protection for physiotherapists and support workers. The insurance cover within the CSP membership package offers unbeatable value, providing the majority of members with up to £10 million of comprehensive PLI. This vital protection safeguards members, legally and financially, against a host of potential eventualities. These include claims of medical malpractice, breach of professional duties, patient injuries, errors, claims of libel or slander, property damage and non-treatment related accidents. Many members may never have reason to use their PLI, but for those individuals who do, the cover provided by CSP membership is a fantastic asset and a crucial safety net, says James Hale. Annual PLI cover is automatically provided to most members, in tandem with the annual CSP membership. Therefore, it is extremely important that members renew their subscriptions on time as this will ensure that their PLI cover is continually maintained. The current PLI policy is set to expire on 1 March 2011, after which time any lapsed members will not be covered. Renewal letters were due to be sent to all members by the first week in November.

‘membership provides excellent value for money’ James Hale

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