The CSP has expressed our solidarity with Ukraine and especially with the Ukrainian Association of Physical Therapy and with rehab workers in Ukraine. Information on how members can support asylum-seeking and displaced physios can be found below.
What is the CSP doing?
The CSP has expressed our solidarity with Ukraine and especially with the Ukrainian Association of Physical Therapy and with rehab workers in Ukraine.
The CSP is working to support our sister organisations in Ukraine. We are in contact with the Ukrainian Association of Physical Therapy, World Physiotherapy and the TUC to provide the most meaningful support we can.
The CSP has donated to the International TUC Ukraine appeal and moved a motion at the TUC Women’s Conference on Ukraine.
The CSP Council has decided to create a free new membership category to enable asylum-seeking and displaced physios and physio students in the UK to become members even if they are unable to work as physios or to study. This is intended to enable them to have access to professional development.
Physiotherapy humanitarian role
Physios work in paid and voluntary roles around the world supporting individuals and communities facing conflict, environmental challenges and economic disadvantage.
ADAPT is the CSP recognised professional network for members working in international aid and development.
UK government Ukraine sponsorship scheme
The UK government has launched its Homes for Ukraine scheme, which will enable people to support Ukrainians fleeing the war. For more information, read the Homes for Ukraine frequently asked questions.
If members of the CSP want to offer to sponsor members of the Ukraine Association of Physical Therapy, or their families, who may wish to come to the UK, the CSP is offering to pass contact details between parties. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the CSP is only able to act as a conduit for initial contact. We can’t offer advice on the scheme to either party nor vet either party.
Donations for refugees
We recommend members donate to an established charity rather than attempt to provide goods directly to refugees. International humanitarian charities can use money to provide what is needed using local partners. If you wish to support Ukrainian refugees, consider giving to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Ukrainian physio student placements
We are aware some members have suggested offering virtual placements for Ukrainian physiotherapy students. Physiotherapy is not fully recognised in Ukraine. As a result, there is considerable variation in the types of training provided. This means that it is not always possible to apply UK approaches. We are in contact with the Council of Deans of Health over what action UK physiotherapy education providers can offer.
The CSP Members Benevolent Fund is seeking to offer support within its charitable objectives. Information on how to seek support is being provided alongside CSP advice for refugees.
Frequently asked questions
I live in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. How can I help?
- The government of Jersey has established a group of officers dedicated to supporting Ukrainian nationals and their families who have links to the island. Information can be found on the government of Jersey's website.
- The States of Guernsey has taken a number of steps to offer support to Ukrainian nationals with links to the island. Information can be found on the States of Guernsey website.
- The Isle of Man government has taken a number of steps to offer support to Ukraine. Information can be found on the Isle of Man government website.
(Last updated: 17 March 2022)