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What you can do

As the NHS undergoes a period of unprecedented change find out what the CSP is doing, and what you can do too.

The CSP is:

  • Lobbying decision makers in all parts of the UK
  • Fighting to protect services and jobs
  • Talking to commissioners / service planners about the value of physiotherapy
  • Demonstrating the clinical evidence for physiotherapy services

On this page you can find CSP tools and materials, which you can adapt and use to support your services locally. Support is also available from:

Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Like your relationships with patients, the CSP relies on a two-way process with members. We need you to work with us.

What you can do

Do one thing this week

  1. File 119717Use the CSP's Physiotherapy Works leaflets to make the case for your service:
  2. Explore public health opportunities:
  3. Contact your steward if you know of any potentially detrimental proposals for your workplace.
  4. Think about how to publicise your work place’s success stories – perhaps try to create your own elevator pitch?
  5. Are you doing something that deserves more coverage? Why not talk to your press office or let Frontline know?
  6. Retired members can consider becoming a member of Healthwatch, the new local patient representative groups - look for local opportunities here:

Wherever you are in your physiotherapy career, we need you to get involved. All staff, whatever their position in the organisation, have a key role to play in protecting patient services.

Protect your profession

Worried about what’s happening in your workplace?

  • If you work in the NHS you can contact your local steward. To find out who your local steward is contact us on 020 7306 6666 or email If you are employed outside the NHS, you can access expert advice via iCSP at: or phone on 020 7306 6666
  • The CSP is trying to help graduates find employment by providing ‘Championing CPD’ website support. It links to the Webfolio which holds the new graduate pack: www.csp/
  • The CSP has a range of briefings to help you in difficult times. These include 'Grade mix (Downbanding): Protecting the grades of Members working in the NHS' at
  • If you are being asked to take responsibilities which you don’t believe will deliver the best service or may affect patient safety, talk to your steward, your manager or the CSP Professional Advice Service - 020 7306 6666 or email The CSP’s duty of Care guidance may help you make the case for protecting your services:

Help protect patient care

What other members are doing

Judith Pitt-Brooke fights against the move to AQP commissioning for her local physiotherapy services. Judith Pitt-Brooke discovered that the NHS services in Gloucestershire were to be outsourced as a social enterprise, despite strong opposition from staff and local communities.

Read more about how she lobbied her local GP lead for MSK services, the clinical commissioning group, her MP and the health minister Simon Burns to stop this happening: Physios in the private sector can help NHS colleagues in the changing NHS environment, says Judith Pitt-Brooke

Physio works: helping to reduce health and social care costs. A team of physios, FAST physio, from East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust won the 2012 CSP service provision award. It is a great example of how positive physios can be in promoting an effective and efficient service. Read more: Top industry accolades for Lancashire physios


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