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Leadership development programme

CSP is offering a free, year-long Leadership Development Programme to band 6 and equivalent members. The first two cohorts will be based in London and Leeds.  Participants will only need to pay their travel costs.


Running from January 2017, the programme will be delivered through a mix of workshops, action learning, work based project and virtual learning. We are now inviting applications for a place on the first two cohorts.

You do not need to be based in London or Leeds but must be able to travel there easily for up to 8 days spread over the year. The CSP will be meeting all of the costs of these two cohorts, apart from travel.

The programme is aimed at 6 physiotherapists in the NHS, or the equivalent of a band 6 in private practice - working in a community setting. We are using the term community loosely hoping to reach physiotherapists who:

  • work in multi-professional teams
  • may work across organisational boundaries
  • are unlikely to work with many other physiotherapy peers
  • have to navigate community and primary care environments to identify appropriate resources for their patients or to identify relevant other services that would benefit the patient (see below *)

* For example, a community service could be any service that spans the healthcare environment, such as an 'early supported discharge’ service for people who have suffered a stroke. Such teams are frequently hospital based but out-reach, continuing rehabilitation in the patient' own home. Similarly a PT could be part of an integrated MDT based in A&E, but assessing frail elderly then taking people home to provide the necessary service to restore their independence. These services can be in-reach or out-reach.

While we are encouraging applications from those working in a community setting for these first two cohorts, consideration will be given to applications from other settings, where relevant, at our discretion.


To get a place on the Leadership Development Programme , you should be able to answer yes to each of the following questions.

  • a CSP member
  • a band 6 physiotherapist in the NHS OR an equivalent position within the private, independent or other sectors. (You may be a band 7 equivalent but have limited leadership training.)
  • working in a community setting (see above for further detail)
  • carrying a clinical caseload with additional responsibilities, eg managing others, projects, identifying service improvements, leading a team

You should have:

  • completed an introductory leadership course and/or have demonstrable experience or interest in becoming a leader
  • agreement from someone in your organisation to act as your sponsor/supporter (see the required commitment list in the application form)
  • the relevant approval from your organisation to commit to a year-long programme with CSP (please read the required commitment list in the application form)
  • an idea for a work based project that will improve patient care within your organisation (This should be a project within your organisational influence that will improve clinical effectiveness, patient safety, patient experience and/or service productivity.)

Our application process has now closed for the first two cohorts of our programme.

To find out more about the programme content and delivery, read the leaflet. If you have any questions, email


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