You must understand what professionalism means, how professionalism links to regulation, and what resources the CSP has produced on order to help you develop, maintain and refresh your individual approach to professional practice.
The CSP takes a positive approach to professionalism in that the UK physiotherapy profession:
- has an accepted status as a discrete health profession which is statutorily regulated, with the existence of a professional register of those meeting the requirements to practice in the UK.
- undertakes activities are regulated by ‘protection of title’ rather than by 'protection of activity'.
- has a strong professional body which asserts the scope of practice of the profession and the accepted standards of professional practice for its members.
- spans many areas of practice including direct practice in many roles, education, management, research and leadership; each of which contributes to the collective strengths of the profession.
Therefore the title 'physiotherapist' assures the public that those permitted to use it are expected to maintain appropriate standards of professionalism in both their working and personal lives.
Promoting professionalism in physiotherapy
The CSP has dedicated major sections of the CSP website to:
You can also access here relevant publications and tool kits to help you:
- CSP Physiotherapy Framework - develop your current and emerging practice.
- CPD and ePortfolio – record and reflect on your established and emerging practice.
- CSP Platforms: keep yourself up to date with the latest news, guidance and briefings brought to you via Frontline, this website, the weekly Physiotherapy News email, and CSP social media outlets.
- iCSP allows you to discuss practice matters with your peers. Contribute to the debate and use your experiences to reflect on your practice
- CSP Networks – Make links with your peers. You may choose to join a CSP recognised Professional Network that is relevant to your clinical area of practice. Or why not join your local Regional Network. Being part of a network helps you shape professional developments in your areas of interest, and feeds into CSP activity.
- CSP Professional Advice Service (PAS) and Employment Relations and Union Services (ERUS) – PAS can help you with wider practice questions, and ERUS – via its extensive network of workplace Stewards and Safety Reps - can support you with employment matters that impact on practice.