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Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP)

Full name: 
Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP)
Area of interest: 
Manual therapy, standards of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, research/evidence base of musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Terry Smith


PO Box 6759
Westbourne BH4 0DA
United Kingdom
MACP currently have 1118 full members and 67 associate members.

Manual Therapy Journal (Elsevier). 

Continuing professional development: 

The website is designed as an information point for both physiotherapists and members of the public. It includes contact details, MACP objectives, and the role of the MACP physiotherapist. There is a designated members area with information on events and courses, a members directory, research awards and bursaries and copies of published material eg guidance on testing for vertebro basilar insufficiency.

Peer support/mentorship
Members can be provided with details of other MACP members who are able to offer support for clinical, research and educational queries. The MACP administrator has a dedicated phone line for queries from members, associates and non-members. Contact details of local members can also be provided for patients seeking treatment from MACP members. Please contact the administrator by telephone on 01202 706 161 or email

Manual Therapy is a peer reviewed journal and is cited in Index Medicus and Medline. It is received by all associate and full members of the MACP six times a year.

Courses which lead to membership of the MACP
For details of MSc courses which lead to eligibility for membership of the MACP please contact the MACP administrator or access the MACP website:

Conferences and study days
The MACP Professional Development Committee organises and runs conferences and courses, which are available to MACP members, MACP associates, physiotherapists with an interest in the neuromusculoskeletal field and physiotherapy students. MACP members and associate members have the advantage of reduced rates. Courses are aimed at promoting evidence-based practice, and facilitating the dissemination of the latest research findings. Some courses are arranged for members and associates only. Courses are run throughout the UK to facilitate easy access.

A typical annual programme of events includes: the MACP AGM/conference (which may include international speakers); short courses (usually one-two days); a series of anatomy dissection and biomechanical workshops; a number of evening lectures/workshops.

Members are canvassed for their suggestions for future courses, and are always welcome to join the committee to help organise and run future events.

Promoting research: 

Promoting research awareness The group gives annual awards to members to support research and the dissemination of research. MACP offers reduced conference fees and prizes for best presentations for those taking part in MACP conferences/AGMs.

Research awards The following are available to members: £2,000 Churchill Livingstone Award for a research project in manipulative physiotherapy £1,000 MACP award for presentation of research findings at conferences £150 student research award, plus one year free MACP membership for best research projects from MSc courses and self-directed learning pathway candidate

Published evidence-based material The MACP Standards Committee has provided guidance for pre-manipulative testing of the cervical spine (see reference below). Guidance regarding testing of neurological function is currently in preparation. Barker S, Kesson M, Ashmore J, Turner G, Conway J, Stevens D (2000), Guidance for pre-manipulative testing of the cervical spine, Manual Therapy, 5: 37-40

Who can join: 

Physiotherapists require a minimum of 2 years postgraduate experience to become MACP members: Full members are chartered physiotherapists, or the equivalent qualification for overseas physiotherapists, who have successfully completed a recognised postgraduate courseand attained the level required for entry to the MACP. Associate membership is for physiotherapists undertaking an MACP validated pathway leading to membership and is limited to a period of six years. Overseas physiotherapists who study for MACP in the UK can join as long as they are a CSP member OR they are a member of their country's governing body. Honorary membership may be granted to individuals who by their expertise or long term service have contributed to the development of the MACP. The names of these members are notified in the membership directory. 

Expectations of members: 

The MACP facilitates members' involvement in a wide range of activities including participating in research, teaching, mentoring, clinical education and book reviews. Information about members' interests and willingness to be involved are maintained on the MACP database. 

Subscription details: 

£80 for full members / £60 for associate members

Outcome measures: 

Group sub-committee looking at outcome measures for low back pain.

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