Review of Clinical Interest and Occupational Group structure – have your say

Members are being consulted over plans to develop collaborative working between clinical interest and occupational groups and the CSP.

This is potentially the biggest change in arrangements for 25 years. A consultation document commissioned by the CSP outlines how  changes could improve CIOGs’ ties with the Society, sharpen their ability to deliver expert advice, share evidence and exert influence with policymakers. The profession as a whole would benefit at a critically important time, the document says, adding: ‘At the moment neither the CSP nor the CIOGs are getting the best from each other.’ This needs to be addressed to ensure  the profession is well-positioned  to meet  current challenges  in healthcare and to ensure that the value of its contribution to meeting particular population and patient needs is best presented.

The four key proposals are:

  • stronger governance
  • a new ‘broad alliance’ structure, with CIOGs coming together to work and share best practice under  key headings relating to current
  • practice
  • ‘task-focused’ working groups or forums to consider current priority areas in healthcare, such as chronic pain management and long
  • term conditions, and
  • new ‘recognition criteria’.
There are currently 39 recognised CIOGs as well as 22 unrecognised groups.  The consultation document outlines the value of strengthening clarity  about groups’ roles, relationships and accountability. This should help to ensure that  the best use is made of resources, including members’ expertise. Broad alliances should strengthen CIOGs’ voice in CSP activity, while policy forums should help the CSP to strengthen  how it promotes physiotherapy’s value. The proposals are the culmination of joint work by the CIOGs and the CSP during 2008-09. Their direction also links to the CSP’s development of a new vision for UK physiotherapy. Feedback on the consultation will be collated and reported to the CSP management group in May. Proposals for moving forward will be presented  to Council in June. Members can respond to the consultation document through a  questionnaire on the CSP website.  CIOG members can consult via their group or respond as individuals.  All CSP members are encouraged to respond.


The consultation document and questionnaire can be accessed via Completed questionnaires must be returned by 31 March to 
Matthew Limb

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