The CSP’s LGBTQIA+ network supports and empowers members with regards to LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the physiotherapy profession.
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Mission and objectives
Over the past several years, the CSP’s LGBTQIA+ network has gone from strength to strength by embodying the CSP’s mission of;
- transforming health and wellbeing
- empowering members
- exerting influence
This has been achieved in so many exciting ways including; a strong (and colourful) presence at London Pride, representation at LGBT TUC, motions at ARC, and opportunities for individual network members to attend network training days.
We’ve seen the visibility and purpose of the network grow and, more importantly, we’ve seen how LGBTQIA+ issues have been listened to and direct action taken. Along with the issues championed by our fellow diversity networks, CSP Council has a strong commitment to increasing equality and diversity throughout our profession.
Convenor biography: Sudhir
I am a gay, South Asian, immigrant physio working in the private sector. I have been a member of the CSP for 20 years and took on the role of convenor for the network in September 2020.
In physiotherapy, we are very good at looking after our patients in an open and inclusive way. I would like to give some focus to that of the CSP member i.e. YOU as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community within the CSP.
During my time as convenor, I would like to:
- provide a safe space for colleagues to connect
- increase membership of the network and improve our visibility and representation
- network with other LGBTQIA+ networks
- facilitate deep and meaningful conversations challenging prejudice, bigotry, patriachy and micro-aggressions.
- I have many more ideas to bring to the table, so please join one of our network meetings. E-mail Siân Caulfield for meeting dates
I am there to support the network to empower each of you individually and as a network to continue to influence and help transform the experience of members and communities by flying the flag for LGBTQIA+ rights.
Above all, our network is a community. I want to make sure it is accessible to everyone in our membership as together we really are stronger.
Although great strides have been made, we are aware of the continuing work required to improve the lives of our members as well as those of our service users and their communities.
In the coming year we’d like to explore how we can be more accessible to our members in a way that’s best for them. This way they will all be able to contribute to the CSP’s strategy. This is an exciting time and we look forward to you each being involved.
Members of the LGBTQIA+ network attended Stonewall conference in 2019, as well as the TUC Equalities conference in 2018. Due to the pandemic, we did not attend Stonewall conference in 2020.
Below, network members talk at TUC LGBT+ conference 2018 about their experiences and why you should get involved with the network.
There are several ways in which you can actively engage with the network:
- Twice a year diversity network day and regular virtual meetings. E-mail National Officer for Equality & Diversity, Siân Caulfield, for more info
- iCSP network and conversations
- Follow the network Twitter account @CSPLGBTQIA+
- Join the network WhatsApp group. E-mail Gill Feldman to join
- Follow on Facebook; The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy LGBTQIA+ network