Covid-19 guidance for higher education institutions

The CSP has drawn together advice for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that will help teams manage the impact of the measures imposed by the government in response to the pandemic.

Earlier this year the CSP released guidance for HEIs in response to Covid-19, to help teams manage the impact of the measures imposed by the government. We intend to create clear guidance that complements national guidance and also seeks to address issues specific to expectations of CSP accredited physiotherapy programmes.

In April 22, CSP updated this guidance (find pdf below).

The guidance remains largely unchanged. We understand that programme teams require flexibility at this time and hope that our guidance supports this. The key take home messages are as follows: 

  • The CSP supports programme teams to take a flexible approach to programme management delivery during the Covid-19 pandemic. 
  • The CSP recommends that programme teams adopt an outcomes-based approach to the expectation that a minimum of 1000 hours of practice is achieved, this applies to all years. Teams will need to be pragmatic but they must ensure appropriate measures are in place should students not be able to complete their normal placement profile.
  • It is important to note that this is a temporary measure that will only be in place to help manage this extraordinary situation and will be kept under review.
  • We will be communicating the above message to practice colleagues and students in due course.

Thank you for your continued hard work and commitment during a very challenging period of time.

FAQs for academic staff

I am employed as an academic do I qualify for critical worker status?

Yes, the Department for Education list ‘specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus response to deliver this approach’ as a critical worker. Please see link for further information.


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