Physio First is a specialist professional network, representing self-employed physiotherapists working in the independent sector. Membership is also open to physiotherapists employed in practices where the practice principal is a member.
Physio First membership will support you to:
- demonstrate quality through independent analysis of your patient outcome data
- continuously develop personally, professionally and commercially
- share and receive practical advice with a community of like-minded independent physiotherapists
- remain current with the most up-to-date marketplace information
- be part of a collective that shapes the independent physiotherapy marketplace
- access the support of trusted partner organisations.
Physio First represents the interests of self-employed independent practitioners within the marketplace, identifying threats and then fighting (within the law) moves that would undermine members.
Physio First represents the interests of independent practitioners in the cross-sector quality in private MSK working group.
Physio First supports members through the provision of commercial and/or legal advice and provides the education and tools to tackle business problems themselves.
While the majority of members are MSK clinicians, this business and legal support is pertinent to independent practitioners in any specialty.
Education targeted at independent practice
Physio First targets education to help members improve their patients' clinical outcomes within the self-employed independent practice setting. It does this through articles in its quarterly journal, In Touch, written by authors who understand this priority. It also produces other courses and webinars arranged regionally by a team of volunteer community representatives who are the touch points for members to form local and online communities.
Communication and peer to peer support
Physio First has a trusted, private member-only forum where all independent practice issues are shared and solved in an open and transparent way. Its office team at Minerva House (Physio First head office) runs an enquiry line for independent-practice business and legal support that is backed up by their legally qualified Strategic and Business lead.
Overview of CSP and Physio First offer to independent practitioners
|Professional advice e.g. advice line||✔||✔|
|Research evidence e.g. briefings and guidance||✔|
|Clinical information / updates||✔||✔|
|Member communication channels||iCSP /mentorship / SoME / VLE / corporate support||Member online forum/SoME/ Bulletins|
|Governance support||CSP||Physio First|
|Templates for policies and procedures|
|General guidance on writing all P&P||✔||✔|
|Commercial decision making e.g. supplies||✔|
|Health and safety guidance||✔|
|Business support training||✔|
|Financial advice e.g. budget setting||✔|
|Personal injury advice – free session for each member||✔|
|Legal disputes / debt recovery||✔|
|HCPC fitness to practise||✔|
|Workplace disciplinary issues (if employed)||✔|