Risk assessment

Not many of you, I expect, will have volunteered to take part in a magician’s trick live on stage.

But imagine you were in the situation of the physio, Kate Robertson, who did just that --- and found herself injured as a result.

Robert Millett’s article, ‘Don’t try this at home’, on page 16 shows just how easy it is for things to go wrong in our lives, often when you least expect them.

Life is full of risks. I’m someone who enjoys cycling, yet as I ride my ‘Boris bike’ from King’s Cross station to the CSP’s London office, I sometimes wonder what would happen if I were injured in some way and unable to type.

As physios, your hands are the tools of your trade. What happens if you can’t earn your livelihood because you’re injured? Who’s going to pay the bills, the mortgage and the other debts?

It’s reassuring to know that the CSP’s employment solicitors, Thompsons, may be able to help you when things go wrong, as Robert’s piece explains.

For many physios, one of the main reasons for joining the CSP is its personal liability insurance. But there are many other perks. One is cheaper fuel bills through Union Energy. And, when you fancy a treat, our member savings scheme offers reductions on a meal out.  

But let’s not forget the biggest benefit of all. As a member of the CSP you are part of a professional body and trade union that is fighting to protect professional standards and ensure the best services for patients.

It’s also fighting for job security and a fair salary for the work that you do, particularly for those members in the NHS.

But, wherever you work, ‘Stand up for public services’ (page 14) is essential reading. Find out about the Robin Hood tax alternative to the imminent cuts.

Might you be one of those making your voice heard on 26 March?

Author
Lynn Eaton Managing editor eatonl@csp.org.uk

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