The skills, experience and time commitment

Council members can bring invaluable experience and perspectives from all walks of life and sections of the membership.

Who can stand for election to the Council?

Any fully subscribing CSP member can stand for election. We positively welcome nominations from all CSP members - including Associate and Student members.

    I feel Council is a dynamic, visible and engaged group working collectively in the best interests of members and the profession.

    Claire Arditto, vice chair

    The value of a diverse Council

    It is important that our Council is made up of a diverse range of members, from different backgrounds and with varying specialisms, so that it is reflective of its members.

    This is essential to Council’s ability to stay informed and responsive to the needs of the sector. A diverse Council, made up of members with different backgrounds and experience is more likely to encourage debate and to make better decisions.

    Diversity includes different backgrounds, life experiences, career paths and diversity of thought.

    Person specification

    As the governing body leading the profession the Council needs active and engaged members – particularly those who have the attributes listed in the person specification:

    1. A commitment to the CSP as a trade union and professional body:
      Engaging with issues affecting the physiotherapy profession and working for the benefit of all members.
    2. A commitment to learning and development:
      Committed to develop existing knowledge and skills to have a sound overview of the profession across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and to able to hold the chief executive to account for the performance and budget of the CSP.
    3. Leadership:
      Being able to take difficult decisions, balancing priorities or competing demands including financial and political consequences and explaining them to others. Being proactive and taking the initiative, being creative and innovative.
    4. A strong team worker:
      Working with others successfully by building trust, through personal credibility and a collaborative style of working.
    5. Strategic thinker:
      Able to see the bigger picture, picking up and working with complex information and concepts quickly. Working with integrity, resilience and energy.
    6. Clear and effective communicator:
      Able to contribute effectively to Council discussions and decisions, challenging positively and respectfully and able to stand up and explain decisions to members and stakeholders.

    Time commitment

    Between 10 and 20 days per year, made up of four meeting and induction/training sessions per year (eight days) held at the CSP London Offices, dates below.

    Meeting information and papers are provided to Council members a week in advance to enable Members to prepare their input.

    Council members carry out one or two visits to external physiotherapy events on behalf of the CSP Council each year.

    Elected Council members are expected to attend all meetings, whether held virtually or in person.

    2022 key Council dates*

    • Council development session - Wednesday 30 March 2022
    • Council business meeting - Thursday 31 March 2022
    • Council business meeting - Wednesday 29 June 2022
    • Council induction session 1 - Wednesday 14 September 2022 for newly elected members with existing Council members
    • Council induction 2 - Wednesday 28 September 2022 for newly elected members with existing Council members
    • Council business meeting - Thursday 29 September 2022 -  the 6 newly elected Council Members will be able to observe and input into the Council meeting 
    • Physiotherapy UK conference - November 2022 
    • Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Wednesday 16 November 2022 - the six new Council members' four-year term of office officially commences at the AGM
    • Council development session - Wednesday 14 December 2022
    • Council business meeting - Thursday 15 December - the first meeting of the new Council

    * The Council Shadowing Scheme enables members to observe Council Meetings, please email the governance team if you wish to observe a meeting.

    Covering your costs

    All out-of-pocket expenses involved in serving as a Council member are reimbursed, these include - cost of travel, subsistence, childcare costs, over-night accommodation if required, plus loss of earnings. 

    I believe physiotherapy has so much to offer and as leaders of the profession we need to strengthen our collective voice and help secure our future.

    Katie Wilkie, specialist physiotherapist

    Appointment tenure

    The Council is made up of 12 members who serve for a four-year term.

    After four years, each Council stands down, with the option of seeking re-election through the nomination process for a further four years.

    The maximum consecutive term on Council is eight years.

    Getting the support of your manager

    The attached information can be shared with your your manager to help you to secure their support for you putting yourself forward to become a Council member. It demonstrates the advantages for your professional development and the consequent benefits to them as employers.

    Please note:

    1. Nominees for election must commit to observe the Society’s Statutes and Bye-laws, these can be found on the Council webpages.
    2. You cannot nominate yourself if you are currently serving a disqualification period from a conviction relating to the conduct of union financial and accounting affairs.
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