DisAbility network

The DisAbility network supports CSP members with disabilities of any form to increase awareness that those with disabilities can be and are excellent physiotherapists and support workers undertaking physiotherapy duties.

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CSP member Emma Webster talks about why you should join the DisAbility network

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Mission and objectives

Our network has three strategic aims. We strive to:

  • raise the profile of the network and CSP members with disabilities, including invisible disabilities.
  • provide role models to bring others to our profession and encourage those within.
  • be a source of information or support for our members.
  • have a positive influence on disability rights and the identity of people with disabilities.

Get involved

We welcome new and existing members (including students and associates) to engage in any or all of the ways which suit their wants and needs.

There are several ways you can get involved with the network, both publicly and in our private groups, as well as joining the Network Leadership Team. To join any of the private groups or become part of the Leadership Team, you must first apply to join the network.

Become a DisAbility Network Leadership Team member

Are you a member of the CSP DisAbility Network* and have an interest in taking up a volunteer role to support the functioning, development and growth of the network? 

Join the team today! Available roles: 

  • Communications Officer
  • Events and Education Officer (x2)
  • Liaison Officer Health & Safety Rep/ Steward Link
  • Liaison Officer Regional/Nations Link (x 4)

Find out more about the roles in the table below or contact the network directly for more information and an informal chat if desired. 

Election

2022 elections were held at the Network Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 27th April.  

Congratulations to all three candidates on being successfully elected: 

  • Co-Chair - Verity Joyce
  • Co-Chair - Saadiyah Hussein
  • Student Officer - Iona Bateman

The above members join Greet Janssens (Co-Chair) and Emma Webster (Communications Officer) in the newly formed Leadership Team.

Network roles

*Roles are open to all CSP members (including students and associates) who self identify as part of the network group. All you need to do is join the DisAbility Network first and apply. 

Job share is available for each role and length of term is flexible. 

If you have any queries or would like an informal chat about the roles please get in touch with the network.


Leadership Team

RoleNameTermResponsibilityApplicant Criteria

Chair / Co- Chair x 3

  1. Greet Janssens
  2. Verity Joyce
  3. Saadiyah Hussein
2 years (open to discussion) 

Lead on vision for the network.

Liaise with key CSP stakeholders including but not limited to: CSP Council, EDB Committee and the Diversity Engagement Officer.

Manage the network inbox.

Lead the network’s delegation to ARC, PUK, TUC conference.

Raise concerns of the network with CSP council.

Liaison with other Diversity Network Chairs.

Chair the network’s annual general meetings and network days.

Member of the DisAbility Network
Communications Officer x 2
  1. Emma Webster 
  2. Vacant
2 years (open to discussion)

Manage content for the network webpage, iCSP and Frontline. 

Oversee the network Whatsapp group and Social Media accounts. 

Member of the DisAbility Network
Events and Education Officer x 2
  1. Vacant
  2. Vacant
2 years (open to discussion)

Coordinate and plan network events throughout the year around the EDB calendar.

Support improved understanding of disability across the profession through events and resources.

Member of the DisAbility Network
Liaison Officer - Student LinkIona Bateman2 years (open to discussion)

Speak from a student perspective so that the network’s annual actions incorporate the student voice.

Engage students in network activity.

Member of the DisAbility Network

Must be a current student and can roll over into first year of postgrad

Liaison Officer - Health and Safety Rep/Steward LinkVacant2 years (open to discussion)

Speak from a Healthy and Safety Rep /Steward perspective.

Engage Healthy and Safety Reps/Stewards in network activity.

Member of the DisAbility Network

Must be a current Safety Rep/Steward

Liaison Officer - Regional Link x 4
  1. Vacant
  2. Vacant
  3. Vacant
  4. Vacant
2 years (open to discussion)

Speak from a Regional/Nation perspective so that the network’s annual actions incorporates Regional/Nations voices.

Engages Regional/Nations in network activity.

Member of the DisAbility Network

Communicating with members

  • DisAbility network iCSP forum
  • Follow the network on Twitter
  • DisAbility network WhatsApp group
  • DisAbility Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Individual and Joint Diversity Network Days
  • Email the network chairs for questions relating to the network
  • If you have an employment issue relating to your disability, please do not contact the Network Leadership Team as they are not able to deal with this request. Contact the CSP enquiries team or National Officer Siân Caulfield.

We maintain these network channels as safe spaces, in which we expect all members to respect and maintain others’ privacy.

Events calendar 2022

We are in the midst of planning our events for 2022. Full calendar events to be confirmed. Please check back for updates. If you have any queries, ideas or feedback on network events please contact the DisAbility Network. 

Event Date/TimeNameDescriptionWhat can attend?Registration

27 April 2022 

19:00 - 20:00 (60 minutes)

DisAbility Network Annual General Meeting

Come along to meet and elect the new DisAbility Network Leadership Team and input into network plans and activities for 2022.

Virtual event.

Open to full CSP, associate, affiliate and student members who self-identify as part of the network group and are registered with the network.Registration now closed. 

25 May 2022

19:00 - 20:30 (90 minutes)

Neurodiversity in physiotherapists (and undergraduates) 

Meet the new DisAbility Network Leadership team, and hear from Tony Lloyd, CEO ADHD Foundation, about neurodiversity in professional environments and useful strategies for neurodiverse AHPs.

Plus, take part in an ideas forum discussing useful strategies. 

Virtual event.

Open to full CSP, associate, affiliate and student members who self-identify as disabled, LGBTQIA+ and/or BAME and are registered with the relevant diversity network and other allied health professional diversity networks - OT, SLT etc.Register via Eventbrite.
TBC
Start of new academic year
Diversity networks' student eventTo be confirmed.To be confirmed.To be confirmed.
September
TBC
Joint / Individual Networks Day

To be confirmed.

Hybrid event (in-person and virtual).

To be confirmed.To be confirmed.
Nov/Dec
TBC
DisAbility History Month joint event with LGBTQIA+ Network

To be confirmed.

Virtual event.

Open to full CSP, associate, affiliate and student members who self-identify as disabled, LGBTQIA+ and/or BAME and are registered with the relevant diversity network and other allied health professional diversity networks - OT, SLT etc.To be confirmed.

About us

Co-Chair: Greet 

"I graduated in Belgium with a BSC Physiotherapy in 1998. I then worked in private practice for 10 years, sharpening my interest and skills in respiratory physiotherapy with children and adults, alongside neuro development. Following my move to the UK in 2008, I followed my passion in children’s physiotherapy. 

In November 2019, I had a stroke in the Medulla Oblongata, affecting my mobility and causing chronic pain in the left side of my body. After returning to children’s physiotherapy, I realised how important it is to empathise with patients and families. Particularly where neurological events changed their lives at birth or throughout their young lives. 

My hearing impairment, along with the newer disability, means that I can contribute to the quality of newly qualified physiotherapists with a different ability and to those aspiring to become a physiotherapist. Becoming a convenor with the CSP DisAbility network is helping me to make a difference to the educational, access and application experience, seeking a balance with prospective employers towards reasonable adjustments."

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