Join as a special affiliate

Our special affiliate membership is designed for physiotherapists and physiotherapy students who are seeking asylum in the UK, or living here with a humanitarian visa

What do I get with special affiliate membership?

As an special affiliate, you will become part of an active thought-leadership community of 63,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers, with an outstanding knowledge bank of resources at your fingertips.

You will be able to access a variety of digital tools to support your continued professional development including evidence based research and an online community of over 60 speciality forums where you can connect and network with your peers in a safe, closed environment.

Our membership offer to you is unique:

Enrich your knowledge

  • Subscribe to our Physiotherapy journal to build your knowledge and increase your evidence based practice by reading original research focused on scientific, clinical and educational articles.
  • Set up alerts to our Discovery evidence and knowledge search, it provides a gateway to a wealth of information to keep you updated or use our singular search engine to explore catalogues, e-journals, e-books and e-theses.

Know what’s happening in physiotherapy

  • Download 12 free digital issues per year of Frontline magazine, including sections on latest research findings, resources and tools for physios and different viewpoints across the sector.
  • Sign up to e-bulletins, weekly and quarterly news highlighting the developments impacting the profession and wider healthcare landscape.

Move forward with your career

  • Improve your skills and knowledge by exploring our virtual Learning Hub which hosts content including videos, interactive courses, learning assignments and PDF downloads.
  • Record your growth in our ePortfolio tool. You can create and manage a digital folder of your work, reflections and achievements, helping you to succeed in your professional goals and contribute to life-long learning.
  • Take the next step in your career progression with PhysiotherapyJobs. Search, find and apply for roles in the NHS, independent sector and private practice.

Keep close to your community

  • Join discussions, share knowledge and connect with peers who have similar clinical and occupational interests to build your support network and progress your professional and personal development, via iCSP. This tool is an invaluable source of clinical and professional know-how and will provide access to a wide range of member-only online physio communities.

Who can join?

Special affiliate membership is available free of charge if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are living in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey or Jersey
  • You were working as a physiotherapist or studying physiotherapy, before you had to come to the UK
  • You are either:
    • claiming asylum in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey or Jersey
    • have a Ukraine Family Scheme visa
    • have a Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme visa
    • part of the Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme
    • part of the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme
    • (If you have any other type of humanitarian visa, please contact to confirm your eligibility)
  • You are not currently studying physiotherapy in the UK or working in physiotherapy in the UK.

What if I don't meet these criteria?

If you are already working in the UK as a physiotherapist or therapy support worker, or are studying physiotherapy, we have a CSP membership category for you.

If you are a physio or student physio who is living outside your home country, and outside the UK, as a refugee or displaced person, you can join as an International Affiliate member for free. Our Enquiries Team can help you sign up.

If you are a CSP chartered or graduate affiliate member living outside the UK who has been displaced from your home country by conflict, famine or natural disaster you may be eligible for a period of free CSP membership. Contact for advice on this scheme.

How much does membership cost?

Special affiliate membership is free as long as you meet the criteria above. If your circumstances change and you no longer meet those criteria, you will need to move to the relevant CSP membership category.

How do I join?

1.  Create a CSP website account 
2.  Log into your website account and come back to this page
3.  Complete the application form below