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Cultural competence

Cultural competence is a facet of your overall professional competence.

As a culturally competent physio - regardless of which country you work in - you recognize, respect and respond to individual needs, and adapt your practice accordingly.

Understanding and reflecting on your own culture (and the underpinning values and beliefs that contribute to it) is the starting point for the process of acquiring cultural competence. Culturally appropriate, client centred services are:

  • negotiated with community leaders
  • accessible
  • sensitive to different perceptions of health and wellbeing
  • adaptable
  • sensitive to power differentials and non-discriminatory

Discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, or disability against service users or work colleagues breaches the Society’s Code of Professional Values and UK law.

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