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Student members welcome

File 87107CSP diversity networks welcome student members of the CSP who are disabled, from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups, or are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender+ (LGBT+).

The networks are somewhere confidential for you to share information and support on issues that affect you professionally and personally either at work or university.

Benefit from belonging

The diversity networks provide:

Peer support

Tackling matters regarding equality and diversity is paramount to sustain the future of physiotherapy. With valuable input from student members the CSP can continue to help the profession to evolve by supporting members dealing with these issues and to engage with the ever-changing society".
Student member Aynkaran Vigneswaran

Each network group meets twice a year so the links between the more active members of the group develop and become more personal. You can contact other members via icsp either directly or through a CSP officer linking you up by request.

News and events

Successful network events in 2014 included:

  • BME members attended a Unite Against Fascism rally in London in April and hosted a very successful event for overseas qualified physios which will be repeated in April 2015.
  • The disabled members' network ran a very popular event in November on dealing with dyslexia, which attracted a wide range of members including managers, stewards, clinical educators and university lecturers.
  • LGBT+ members participated in LGBT Pride in June and ran a meeting for members with guest speaker Dawn Jutton, community activist and campaigner on LGBT issues.

Briefings and updates

As well as the full range of physiotherapy and workplace issues, these have included subjects as diverse as the NHS BME network and BME Pioneers, tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying, HIV issues, welfare reform and the impact of austerity on disabled people.

Influence CSP Policy

Each network has seats on the Equality and Diversity Group (EDG), which reports directly to the CSP Council. Network members can attend Annual Reps Conference (ARC) and Trades Union Congress (TUC) conferences.

The networks are growing. They have a combined membership of nearly 1100 members, and between 6% and 10% of these are students.

Join a network now

Alternatively, please send an email to Gill Feldman at the CSP.


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Last reviewed

26 January 2017
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