CSP foils phoney claims about physio course

A CSP complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority ended false claims by a company about an online ‘CPD accredited physiotherapy course’ for £399.80.


The HCPC is responsible for accrediting qualifying programmes for the physiotherapy profession

The society also reported the Specialist Academy’s ‘persistent claims linking its course to the physio profession and chartered status’ to the Health and Care Professions Council.

Among the claims made about its physiotherapy course, the company said it was ‘tutored by an experienced physiotherapist who has over 24 years of clinical experience in the management and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions’.

However, when the CSP contacted the tutor referred to in the course material he said he had no involvement in the course and was unaware that he was being falsely identified as the lead tutor.

Following the CSP’s intervention, the company has changed the course details on its website. It now makes clear that the £399.80 course is merely an introduction to physiotherapy consisting of 21 modules. All references to the tutor have been deleted.

Natalie Beswetherick, CSP director of practice and development, said: ‘This issue came to our attention via social media and from members who contacted us directly. So thanks to them for getting in contact.

‘The CSP then took immediate steps, contacting the company and the HCPC. Within an hour they took it down.’

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