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B: Recognition of the area of practice by peers

Have you sought feedback on whether the new area falls within the scope of physiotherapy in the UK? Work through the questions and criteria below, then continue section C.

You can also download the prompt questions to work through and write on

B.1: Do peers within physiotherapy or other professions, with acknowledged and relevant expertise support this area of practice?

B.2: Has there been mixed feedback regarding the appropriateness of the area’s inclusion in practice? If so, can you demonstrate critical engagement with these different perspectives and that you have taken sufficient account of these?

Criteria for B: Recognition of the new area by peers

Requirement: Inclusion of a new area of practice within the scope of UK physiotherapy practice is supported by an affirmative body of respected, informed opinion.

Respected, informed opinion describes the views of those with knowledge, expertise and insight into the new area presented and how it relates to UK scope of physiotherapy practice. Views can be obtained from other chartered physiotherapists or representatives of other professions, organisations and groups in and outside the UK

It is expected that the body of opinion provided relates to the following:

  • Available evidence
  • The technique or approach presented in the new area of practice
  • The application of the new area of practice to an identified need or condition
  • How the area of practice is undertaken and integrated into their activity by other practitioners (whether other health care professionals in the UK or elsewhere, or physiotherapists practising outside the UK) in the interests of the individuals whom they serve

Peer support for the inclusion of a new area may be derived from the following:

  • A CSP-recognised Professional Network professional network (PN - formerly clinical interest or occupational group) or other defined group of the profession
  • Physiotherapists who practise outside the UK (with background information provided relating to the scope of physiotherapy practice in the country concerned)
  • Colleagues from other professions who are able to provide an expert perspective on how the area of practice in question can help to meet population, patient and service need
  • A respected body of opinion obtained from an organisation with particular expertise in the practice area and its application to population and patient needs; for example, a research-based organisation, such as the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence [NICE] or the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network [SIGN], or a national healthcare charity

Peer review should be UK-based where practicable. However, an international perspective is considered, particularly when the area in question is new to UK physiotherapy (but not necessarily to physiotherapy practice in other countries) and/or where the development and the primary bodies of expertise relating to safety, efficacy and effectiveness sit outside the profession (and/or outside the UK).

A virtual network of peers (within the CSP interactive network, or ‘iCSP’), may be considered. The PNs and iCSP are important as sources of establishing current and credible custom and practice within comparable groups of the profession.

Individual scope of practice

Always ask: Can I practice this modality or approach? Am I appropriately educated, trained and competent in this area?

To help clarify this, ask yourself whether you have:

  • completed an appropriate programme of professional development or learning in the area
  • kept records
  • maintained your competence to practice the area in question

If you are unsure whether this area is within your scope, there are further CSP resources that you can use.

Start by having a look at the Physiotherapy Framework Workbook.  Having done this you can create or log in to your CSP ePortfolio account.

Continue to section C

Once you have completed the questions above, continue to section C, 'Support from available or emerging evidence, using the link below.

Continue to section C



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