Business planning

In addition to clinical governance and patient safety procedures, it makes good business sense to have other policies in place when running your practice.

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Business policies to consider

Example templates for significant SOPs

Business continuity plan

Equality and diversity policy

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) you'll need to have in place are likely to include:

  • business planning
  • GDPR compliance
  • financial planning, rent and rates agreements, loans etc
  • insurance, including critical illness and business interruption
  • staff recruitment
  • disciplinary procedures
  • contract templates for self-employed associates
  • use of locums etc.
  • practice management software and/or electronic health records

Physio First – expert business support and advice


It is a significant undertaking to set up in private practice, likely to require expert business support and advice. The CSP does not hold this expertise, but instead looks to Physio First for this. 

Physio First is the CSP Professional Network representing self-employed physiotherapists working in private practice. Whilst the majority of members are MSK clinicians it provides the business and legal support pertinent to private practitioners in any specialty.

The CSP and Physio First have co-produced a guide for those starting out in physiotherapy: Private Physiotherapy Practice – The Essential Guide.


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