Your Council needs you

CSP Council elections are coming next year, and there are opportunities for CSP members to stand

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Your Council needs you

All parts of the CSP membership are encouraged to stand for Council election – including associate and student members 

For career and leadership development it is important to take the opportunity to learn and develop skills from activities outside that of your paid job. 

Think about the elections this year as part of your personal development plan. Think about what you can give back to the profession but also what you can take from the experience of serving on Council.  

What does a Council member do? 

  • Council provides leadership for the physiotherapy profession. It identifies and agrees CSP policy and strategy and is responsible for the governance of the organisation.  
  • Council’s work is supported by three strategic committees: the finance, risk and audit committee, the employment committee and the professional committee. 
  • Council induction isn’t just a one off, it continues from meeting to meeting.  
  • Being a Council member provides the opportunity to learn subjects that are completely new to you, as well as to build upon what you may already know.  
  • It is always interesting to listen to other members’ views. 

Is Council for you? 

Being a Council member is: 

  • a great development opportunity 
  • a chance to be heard and to influence the future of the profession 
  • open to all CSP members  
  • for those with energy, enthusiasm and passion for physiotherapy 

It is also: 

  • a challenging but well-supported and hugely rewarding role 
  • a time commitment 
  • a role requiring leadership skills.  

Diversity on Council 

  • It is essential that our Council is made up of a diverse range of members, from different backgrounds and specialisms so that:
  • it is reflective of its members 
  • it is able to stay informed and responsive to the needs of the sector 
  • it encourages debate and the ability to make better decisions. 

Diversity includes different backgrounds, life experiences, career paths and diversity of thought. Council members can bring invaluable experience and perspectives from all walks of life and sections of the membership. 

Time commitment 

From as little as 10 days per year, including: 

  • four Council meetings that include induction and development sessions, a ticket for the Physiotherapy UK conference, the Annual Representative Conference (ARC) and attendance at the CSP Annual General Meeting (AGM) 
  • the opportunity to represent the CSP at external physiotherapy events 
  • meeting information and papers are provided to Council members a week in advance to enable members to prepare their input 
  • successfully elected Council members will take up their seat following the AGM in December 2021. However there will be inductions sessions for new members to attend throughout the year. 

The support you get from CSP 

  • an induction in governance, finance, risk, and strategy – to help you shape the CSP 
  • increased knowledge of the profession – its scope, diversity and potential – to enable you to work on behalf of the whole membership 
  • develop your strategic thinking, communication, decision-making, team-working and leadership skills 
  • continuous support from the CSP governance team, directors and CEO to increase your exposure and develop your knowledge of the CSP’s work. 

Covering your costs 

All out-of-pocket expenses involved in serving as a Council member are reimbursed, including travel and subsistence costs, childcare costs, overnight accommodation if required, plus consideration is given to reimbursement for loss of earnings. 

Seeking advice 

  • If you’re thinking of nominating yourself for Council but are unsure or want to learn more about what’s involved, please contact one of the current Council members to gain advice and hear their thoughts. 
  • Find their contact details on the Council page of the CSP website
  • You can also contact the CSP governance team at: Governance@csp.org.uk 
  • The nominations process opens on 25 January 2021. 

To nominate yourself you will need to: 

  • complete an application on the CSP website 
  • secure six proposers who are CSP members to support your application 
  • provide a 350-word election address to demonstrate how your skills and experience make you the right person to represent your profession as a CSP Council member – this will be posted to the whole membership to inform their vote. 
  • Nominations will close on 22 March 2021. 

Securing votes from members 

  • You will need to canvass support for your nomination from among the CSP membership. 
  • Advice and tips for doing this will be available at csp.org.uk/council or talk to a current Council member. 
  • The Council elections poll will be open for members’ votes from 12 April to 4 May 2021. 
  • Election results will be announced on 11 May. 
  • If you enjoy discussing and thinking through complex issues and choices, then Council may be for you.

Further information – including the role description, person specification, reflections from current Council members and how to get elected here.

‘The CSP benefits from having Council members that have limited previous governance experience, as well as those who have a lot – the mix of the two is invaluable. Seeing a group of members who work in the same profession, yet have completely different opinions, experience and expertise come together to make a decision informed by the expertise in the organisation is a real privilege for me’.  Karen Middleton, CSP chief executive 

 

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