FAQS on advocating for private practice 

Your questions answered on what we are doing to advocate for the sector during the pandemic.

What has the CSP done to enable private practitioners to gain publicly funded work?

The CSP successfully lobbied to register physios willing to work temporarily in the NHS. Take up of these offers varies from area to area depending on local service needs. 

The need of temporary of physios in the NHS is, we believe, likely to increase in coming months as rehab needs become more apparent. We are encouraging the four UK health departments to make use of the private practitioners who have registered.

In addition, where public policy and system arrangements in a particular country or crown dependency allow it, GPs or local NHS bodies may wish to contract with private providers. 

(Last reviewed 15 Oct 2020)

What is the CSP doing to lobby for more support for private businesses?

We endorsed the cross profession lobbying initiative organised through ARMA to highlight the challenges MSK private practitioners are facing.

We have helped establish an alliance of 16 professions who have jointly made representations to the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer asking for him to change his policies to better support physios and other professionals who operate as small businesses. 

We have also raised our concern with the chair of the House of Commons Business Select Committee.

(Last reviewed 15 Oct 2020)

What is the CSP doing about rate relief?

Despite the severe impacts on ability to operate normally during the Pandemic, neither the UK or devolved governments has so far committed to helping physio practices with rate relief. The UK Government has told Parliament it will not grant a rate relief for private physios. 

The CSP has built a coalition of trades and professions who face similar issues around rate relief and notionally being able to stay open.  We wrote to the Treasury on this issue on 11 May . We have also raised this with the chair of the House of Commons Business Select Committee

In Northern Ireland we have raised local rate support through the relevant Assembly Committee and directly with MLAs and MPs. We are waiting details of a new support scheme to see if this will cover physiotherapy.

(Last reviewed 15 Oct 2020)

Other bodies seem to be doing more than the CSP on business issues affecting their members, why aren’t you?

The CSP exists to represent and support the individual physiotherapist. We have never been a business trade body lobbying for the business interests of business owning members. However, because of the unique impact of Covid on private practice we have undertaken some lobbying around business issues. This is in addition to our overall work on issues which affect individual members across a range of sectors.

Some other professions are much more based on an independent practice model. For dentistry or general medical practice. The bodies representing these professions will naturally have more involvement in business issues. 

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Why aren’t the CSP lobbying the departments of health on these issues?

Where the health departments have relevant powers, for example on using private practitioners to supplement the NHS workforce, we are lobbying them. However, tax and business support policies for the private health sector are not determined by these departments. We are therefore seeking to influence Treasury and business departments and ministers.

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Why is the CSP working with other professions rather than just lobbying just for physios?

In economic terms, private physiotherapy is very small. To get attention and be seen as important by the Treasury and business departments we need to work with other professions and trades. Through them we can expose our profession and its concerns to political contacts and specialist business media who we don’t usually engage with.

(Last reviewed 15 Oct 2020)

What is CSP doing to raise problems of private practitioners with the media?

The CSP is speaking about this issue and working with other professions to raise shared concerns through relevant media. 

However, we have had to prioritise media work on the Covid related issues which benefit all sectors and where a distinct physio voice can have most impact including; promoting the role of physiotherapy for Covid patients, highlighting ongoing rehabilitation needs and self-care advice for self-isolating patients. 

We are available to advise members, or the PR staff advising larger physio related businesses, who are engaging the media about their business concerns.

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