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Disciplinary procedures for members outside HCPC regulation

This page outlines CSP expectations of professionalism and disciplinary procedures for members who do not come under HCPC regulation.

The physiotherapy activity of the following CSP member groups does not come under the statutory regulation of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC):

  • Qualified members whose physiotherapy practice relates to the treatment of animals
  • Associate (support worker) members
  • Student members

These member groups are respectively defined in the following ways:

  • Physiotherapists who are eligible for HCPC registration (by virtue of their UK physiotherapy qualification or who qualified overseas and have demonstrated their fulfilment of HCPC requirements), but who practise on animals; on this basis, individuals are eligible to apply for qualified membership of the CSP and to hold the status of chartered physiotherapist[1]
  • Individuals employed in a support role relating to physiotherapy are eligible to apply for CSP associate membership
  • Individuals enrolled on a qualifying (pre-registration) programme in physiotherapy (for which approval by the HCPC approval is a condition of its delivery) are eligible to apply for CSP student membership.

The information below explains:

  • How the CSP Code of Professional Values and Behaviour relates to member groups who do not come under HCPC regulation
  • How fulfilling the Code as part of membership sits with the CSP’s enactment of disciplinary procedures for these member groups
  • The broader context of regulatory and standard-setting arrangements and potential developments within these

CSP membership and the Code of Professional Values and Behaviour

The CSP Code of Professional Values and Behaviour defines, in positive terms, what the CSP expects of all of its members, in all occupational roles and membership categories. It therefore applies to CSP student and associate members, and to qualified members who practise on animals.

The Code asserts high standards of behaviour, while supporting members in fulfilling their physiotherapy roles in rapidly changing environments. It reinforces the imperative that all members adhere to the law, regulatory requirements applicable to them, and the requirements of their employing organisations and education institutions.

Acceptance of the Code demonstrates members’ commitment to maintaining and enhancing the reputation and standing of the physiotherapy profession through their own behaviour and to fulfilling the broader social responsibilities that their physiotherapy role places on them

CSP disciplinary procedures

The HCPC handles complaints concerning the professional conduct or fitness to practise of physiotherapy registrants (whose practice relates to humans). The CSP considers individual members’ status with itself based on the outcome of any HCPC case against them.

Complaints received by the CSP regarding its members whose physiotherapy activity is not regulated by the HCPC (see above) are investigated by the Society through its own disciplinary procedures.

The CSP’s disciplinary procedures are defined by its Bye-laws and Statutes and are founded on its Rules of Professional Conduct.

The CSP Regulatory Board has responsibility for enacting the disciplinary procedures. The potential outcomes of enactment of the procedures are the suspension or removal of an individual from CSP membership.

Links and broader developments

CSP student members will find the following HCPC guidance useful in preparing for future registration as a qualified physiotherapist:

Student members should also develop an awareness of the HCPC standards to which they will become subject once they qualify and secure registration:

In 2012, the HCPC explored the potential introduction of registration arrangements for students preparing for the professions that it regulates:

The CSP’s response to the consultation exercise can be found in the Consultation responses section of this site:

As an outcome of the consultation exercise, the HCPC determined that student registration is not required at the present time.

It focuses its attention on promoting the development of students’ professionalism as they progress through pre-registration programmes and prepare for qualification, registration and employment as a registered practitioner. Information on HCPC work in this area can be found via the HCPC website.

Likewise, consideration is being given to the value of creating registration arrangements for health and social care support workers, and possible ways in which this could appropriately be done.

In December 2012, the HCPC published a position paper on the potential regulation of adult social care workers. Further information can be found on the HCPC site.

Currently, an employer-based system of mandatory standards and a code is in place in Scotland for health care support workers. The induction standards and code that apply in Scotland can be found on the Healthier Scotland website.

As developments occur across the UK relating to regulation and registration arrangements, the CSP will review the implications of these for its members and its approach to supporting its members’ professionalism.


[1]Chartered physiotherapists who practise on humans, as well as animals, are required to hold registration with the HCPC. Their practice relating to the treatment of humans is subject to HCPC statutory regulatory requirements; see Regulatory requirements page.


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