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Physio to head CSP’s employment relations and union services

25 July 2014 - 3:02pm

The CSP has appointed a physiotherapist as its next director of employment relations and union services.

Claire Sullivan

Claire Sullivan: 'The role enables me to combine my two great passions – physiotherapy and fairness for people at work.'

Claire Sullivan will be the first physiotherapist to hold the post. It represents a promotion as she is currently assistant director of employment relations and union services.

Ms Sullivan, who cut her teeth in the field as a CSP steward, told Frontline: ‘It is a real privilege, as a physio, to have this opportunity. The role enables me to combine my two great passions – physiotherapy and fairness for people at work.

‘We face some big challenges around safe staffing levels, self-employment, change and the decline in income for many physiotherapy staff. We can’t rest on our laurels and will need to innovate to address these challenges.’

Earlier this year Karen Middleton became the first physio to hold the post of CSP chief executive. Commenting on Ms Sullivan’s appointment she said: ‘We went through a very thorough process to find the right person for this important role. We had an excellent field of candidates, including some very strong external candidates, but Claire was by far and away the best person for the job.

‘As a physiotherapist herself, she understands physiotherapists and physio support staff. She demonstrated a real grasp of the challenges facing our members and the strong link between good conditions for physiotherapists and the quality of care they can give patients.’

Ms Sullivan will succeed Lesley Mercer when she retires in September following a highly successful career as a trade union leader. Ms Mercer is a leading figure in the TUC and was its president last year.

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