If you're a physiotherapist who qualified overseas then the CSP provides a number of services and resources which will support you in your journey into and through working in the UK
CSP member and diversity network convenor Doreen talks about the support the CSP can offer you
- enquiries and professional advice team who are available to answer your general enquiries or professional queries. We have an
- Our professional guidance resources provide professional advice and guidance about physiotherapy practice in the UK.
- We work to maintain standards of physiotherapy practice across the UK and you can read our standards and code of professional values and behaviours.
- You should also be familiar with physiotherapy's regulatory body in the UK which is the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will need to be registered with them in order to be employed or practice physiotherapy in the UK. You should also familiarise yourself with their standards of proficiency and standards of conduct, performance and ethics.
Our employment relations and union services directorate is our trade union arm.
Each region of the UK has a senior negotiating officer and we have a network of CSP workplace stewards and reps within workplaces who can support you with any workplace concerns or queries once you are employed.
The workplace section on this site contains useful information for you on pay, workplace rights and health and safety.
Supporting your learning and development
- resources to support your learning. We create
- See our explainer and FAQs to find out more about what continuous professional development (CPD) is and how you can keep up to date.
- We host topical webinars regularly and some of these can be found on topics such as support workers, First Contact Physiotherapy, and community rehabilitation
- CSP members can access our e-portfolio which is an easy to use online portfolio where you can record, organise and share all your reflections. The e-portfolio provides templates for different types of reflections which is a useful guide if have not previously developed a habit of reflection writing.
- CSP members can also access our learning hub which houses eBites of interactive courses and videos to help your learning and development on topics such as CPD in practice, preparing an abstract, and AHP Health and Work Report Training.
- We provide a monthly magazine called Frontline which will be sent to your home address every month. It covers the most topical and up-to-date issues in UK physiotherapy. Some articles can also be accessed online via our website.
- As well as the monthly magazine, as a member you receive a quarterly scientific journal and regular e-bulletins.
- Networking and creating links with other clinicians is a key part of learning and developing. We facilitate these networking opportunities through our diversity networks, regional networks (English regions), country boards (Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland) and professional networks. These networks and groups support a community of like-minded individuals to support and develop each other.
- Our diversity networks are are open to all CSP members, and typically meet twice a year, including holding joint sessions on issues of common interest. There are three networks you can join:
- Our professional networks also allow you to learn from experts in the field providing expert resources, networking events and learning opportunities.
Supporting your career development
- advice and guidance about applying for your first job, how to write an NHS statement for application forms and how to prepare for an interview. Read our
- We also have a survival guide in obtaining your first physiotherapy post which has useful advice about job applications, interview preparation and working in different healthcare sectors.
- We host events and develop resources to support you in thinking about your own career in physiotherapy. You can find out about:
- The CSP has a mentorship platform where members can become mentors or be mentored.