Equity, diversity and belonging strategy – guiding principles

Our equity, diversity and belonging strategy has been produced in collaboration with CSP diversity networks, members, staff and stakeholders with insight into the discrimination and disadvantage faced by members and their patients. This section covers the guiding principles.

This is the second section in the CSP's equity, diversity and belonging strategy.

Our equity, diversity and belonging strategy:

  • Acknowledges that privilege, structural unfairness in society and power imbalances exist
  • Recognises the importance of being an exemplar organisation and employer in achieving positive and lasting change for employees and members in areas within our control or over which we have some influence
  • Sets aims that allow the strategy to change over time and outcomes that are focused on action we need to take
  • Is supported by indicators that measure either our yearly progress or how we have achieved short-term targets towards longer-term outcomes
  • Is based on current information and insight, which we will continue to develop over time, so we identify what else we need to do to achieve the strategy
  • Sets out how all of our members and employees can support us to achieve the outcomes
  • Through education and empowerment (giving people control over and responsibility for their own lives), makes sure that all of our members and staff value and understand diversity and the benefits that it brings to the profession
  • Aims to support all our members and staff to be effective allies, by empowering them to work in solidarity with those in marginalised groups, challenge discrimination, respect other people’s experiences, support communities and take part in lifelong learning
  • Reflects all sectors of physiotherapy so everyone feels included
  • And recognises that some people experience deeper discrimination or disadvantage because their identities reflect many forms of diversity and that economic, social and health outcomes are often most unequal for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities.

This strategy refers to the nine protected characteristics. These are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, sex, religion or belief and sexual orientation. Under the Equality Act 2010, it is against the law to discriminate against anyone due to any of these characteristics.

Our vision for physiotherapy

To transform lives, maximise independence and empower populations.

Our purpose

To transform the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities by empowering our members and exerting our influence.

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