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Find out more here about support, advice and developmental opportunities for physiotherapy educators.

Physiotherapy education

The CSP accredits a range of qualifying and post-qualifying programmes:

Approximately 1,000 CSP members are HEI-based physiotherapy educators who make a significant contribution to the quality and future development of physiotherapy through pre-registration education, post-registration education and clinical and educational research.

If you are interested in putting either your support worker or post-qualifying programmes for CSP accreditation, this opportunity is free for all institutions with CSP accredited qualifying programmes.

The CSP supports quality assurance processes and provides a wide range of resources to support educators in providing high quality pre and post-registration physiotherapy education – with the ultimate goal of ensuring the provision of high quality, evidence-based and person-centred physiotherapy services to the public.

Resources to support educators include:

Additional resources are available for anyone involved in pre-registration physiotherapy education in the UK in the Learning and Development Workspace:

  • Educator's Handbook
  • Composite Annual Quality Review of UK qualifying education
  • The CSP's Quality Assurance Processes
  • The CSP's Quality Assurance and Enhancement Role

Developmental roles for educators

The CSP offers a range of opportunities for educators to participate in quality assurance processes associated with physiotherapy education.

In undertaking the roles outlined below, educators support the CSP in assuring and enhancing the quality of physiotherapy education through processes involving mutually beneficial peer learning and support between HEIs:

External examiner: for educators with 5 or more years experience within UK higher education.

CSP representatives: to effect arrangements for approving and advising on the development of qualifying and post-qualifying physiotherapy education programmes. The CSP recruits education representatives for physiotherapy pre-registration degree programmes and for post-registration programmes with HEI links.

Groups and Committees: At regular intervals we look for educators to sit on a number of internal groups such as the CSP's Education Committee, Quality Assurance and Enhancement Group, Research and Development Committee and Learning & Development Reference Group. For less formal involvement and a chance to network with colleagues from around the UK, the CSP hosts and facilitates a number of networks relevant to physiotherapy educators.

Networking opportunities: The CSP provides professional networking opportunities to members of physiotherapy programme teams. Channels through which these opportunities are offered include the following:

  • Face-to-face/ on-line national network meetings including learning & development network meetings (face-to-face or virtual), learning and development sessions at Physiotherapy UK and education-relevant webinars
  • Opportunities for electronic networking through interactive-CSP (iCSP): this includes closed networks for those involved in the specific HEI roles (Admissions Tutors, Practice Education Forum, Subject Heads and Programme Leads) as well as the Education Forum and Learning & Development networks ( We would like all HEI-based members to join the iCSP Learning and Development Network)
  • Ad hoc arrangements for regional meetings: eg these have a focus on particular quality enhancement themes or responding to changing patient care and service delivery needs
  • More occasional seminars and workshops to meet identified interests and needs, subject to demand.

Find out more about these opportunities by emailing:


Networking and support

The CSP has a research advice e-mail service Research advisers offer guidance on any aspect of research.

Council for Allied Health Professions Research has a UK wide regional network of hubs, whose purpose is to build research capacity and capability at a local level. They offer a huge range of services and opportunities for AHPs for learning, sharing, networking: find out more.

The Researchers Directory on the CSP website lists physiotherapy researchers including their experience level, expertise and interests.

Research Resources

The CSP research web pages have information and resources about how to undertake and disseminate research and achieve impact, research funding, including the CSP Charitable Trust funding and research careers and training.

The iCSP research network has the latest research news and discussions.

Research Priorities

The CSP has national research priorities and encourages educators and students to undertake research in priority areas. The CSP Charitable Trust supports the Research Priorities Masters Dissemination Award which funds members undertaking CSP priority Masters research projects to disseminate their findings.

Research Policy

This website contains information about the CSP's research strategy as well as national strategies and policies including the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and clinical academic research training and career pathways.

Advice for educators

The CSP has a dedicated Professional Advice Service (PAS). PAS offers confidential advice and guidance on matters of behaviour, conduct, individual scope, scope of the profession, duty of care, the role and responsibilities of a chartered physiotherapist and the translation of health and social care policy as it impacts on the practice and service delivery of physiotherapy. Contact our enquiry team to access PAS: phone 020 7306 6666 or email

The CSP also has dedicated education specialists who can assist with, for example, student related matters, quality assurance and enhancement queries and interpreting education, health & social care policies as they impact on physiotherapy education at all levels (support worker, qualifying and post-qualifying education); contact

In addition, we provide a range of guidance and information papers, which can be found on this website, through iCSP or via our online library catalogue.


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