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Physiotherapists have a duty to respect the dignity and sensibilities of patients, as well as their own right to work in a safe environment. By its very nature, physiotherapy is a ‘touching’ profession often with patients in a state of undress.

It is important that appropriate standards of professional behaviour are upheld at all times, in order to ensure that patients feel comfortable during treatment, and that the physiotherapist is able to perform a thorough and appropriate examination and assessment.

It is important that you understand the underpinning principles of chaperoning, the roles and responsibilities of chaperones, and the necessity to clearly understand and explain both the nature of physiotherapy, and what is planned during treatment.

Should a patient make a complaint to the police about alleged inappropriate touching or examination during physiotherapy, this is dealt with under the criminal law, and the defence of criminal allegations is not covered by the CSP PLI scheme.

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