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.
- PD104 Chaperoning and related issues: provides comprehensive guidance on chaperoning matters in a variety of practice contexts.
- PD078 Consent and Physiotherapy Practice: provides comprehensive guidance on gaining patient consent for physiotherapy for adults and children both with and without capacity.
- PD092 – Pelvic Floor Examination: details the CSP expectations of education and training for those who need to perform intimate examinations.
- HS07 – Personal Safety for Lone Workers
- CSP insurance web page: details of the extent of the CSP PLI scheme and information relating to criminal defence costs insurance.
- Quality Assurance Standards for Physiotherapy (Section 2.6 and 7.2)
- Code of Member's Professional Values and Behaviour (Principle 2)
- HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2008) (Standards 1,3,7,13)
- Professional Standards Authority (formerly the Commission for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence): Clear sexual boundaries between healthcare professionals and patients (2009)