All physiotherapists must have appropriate indemnity as a condition of their registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
All members of the CSP, except categories Q-overseas and C-non-practising, benefit from the CSP professional liability insurance (PLI) scheme. It is your responsibility to understand the terms and conditions of the scheme by reading the full policy documents.
Forthcoming changes to PLI scheme
From 1 July 2021 the CSP will be excluding a number of spinal injection interventions from cover. It will also explicitly clarify that regional and general anaesthesia techniques are not covered by the scheme. The forthcoming exclusions can be summarised as:
- general and regional anaesthesia, including peripheral nerve blocks
- epidural injections with or without the use of local anaesthetic
- spinal and caudal injections
- spinal and caudal nerve blocks
For more information, please read the document below:
The CSP PLI scheme provides two separate insurance policies for you:
- Medical Malpractice Insurance. This covers claims for personal injury to your patients arising from your work e.g. failing to assess and treat properly or harming your patient with your treatment
- Public Liability Insurance. This covers non-personal injury claims that are not associated with your treatments e.g. slips, trips and falls coming in and out of your clinic
At a glance
The scheme covers you for all your individual physiotherapy work:
- for all activities within the scope of physiotherapy practice – there is no list of ‘included’ activities but the treatment of animals and some professional footballers, and acupuncture when used for fertility treatment are excluded
- wherever you work – hospital, clinic, gyms, sports venues, patient’s homes and anywhere else that you work with your patients
- whether you are full or part time
- if you have more than one place or type of work – e.g. you mix NHS work with other work
- if you work in healthcare, education or social care settings for paid, unpaid and voluntary work
- for 'return to practice' and student work experience placements
- undertaken in the UK, and allows you to work overseas (but not USA, Canada or Australia) for up to 180 days without needing extra insurance.
Separate insurance may be required for some types of corporate entities and businesses formed by members. The CSP scheme is not business insurance.
Separate insurance is required if you are not working within the scope of physiotherapy practice. If you are not sure whether you are doing any given activity as a physiotherapist see our Scope pages.
Terms, conditions and exclusions to the scheme apply. You must read the policy documents to understand what these are and whether they affect your work. If you need other types of insurance contact the CSP's insurance broker, Graybrook Hallam, for advice.
Need evidence of your insurance cover?
You can now download your personal 'Evidence of insurance document' from the website. To use this service you need to be a current CSP member of one of the following types: Practicing member, Associate member, Associate student member or Life Member.
If you need a copy of your insurance policy wordings, please print off a copy of the documents below.
Need to make a PLI notification?
You must tell the insurers about certain events. Please read the PLI Claims Notification Guide available on the Graybrook Hallam website. This will tell you what to do. Then follow the advice of Graybrook Hallam and the insurers for what to do next. They will help you manage the event and if necessary act on your behalf. You do not need the consent of the patient to provide their personal details when filling in the PLI notification form (Data Protection Act s35(2)). Please do not send the CSP any patient identifiable information, physiotherapy records or solicitor’s letters sent to you under any circumstances.
Membership categories and PLI cover
You must ensure that you are in the right CSP membership category. Please note:
- Full Practising: You must have an HCPC number to be in category B or BE. If you are in the subcategory BE you must also have parallel teaching union membership. If you are not a member of a teaching union you must move to category B.
- Associate: This includes overseas qualified physiotherapists undergoing a ‘period of adaptation’, and UK qualified physiotherapists undergoing ‘return to practise’ who do not yet hold an HCPC number. When you have your HCPC number you must move to a new relevant category. You must be undertaking physiotherapy activities and have your work solely delegated to you by a registered Physiotherapist or other registered health professional. If you are doing non-delegated tasks or seeing patients without referral from a physiotherapist or other health professional, then this work will not be covered by the scheme and you will need to find alternative insurance.
- Retired: For those who have stopped working completely. Reduced cover for strictly ‘non-practising’ activities such as speaking engagements. If you wish to offer any form of clinical knowledge, skills and/or experience such as direct practice, lecturing or voluntary work you must remain on the HCPC register and in the full-practising CSP membership category.
Professional Liability - The MPLC Ltd on behalf of certain Lloyds Underwriters.
Public Liability - Travelers Insurance Company Ltd
|Limits of Indemnity|
Professional Liability - £7.5 million in any one claim with an overall limit of £10million in respect of all claims in any one period of insurance per member.
Public Liability - £10 million in any one claim. £10 million in the annual aggregate for product liability claims.
|Basis of cover||Claims made (claims must be reported during the currency of the policy).|
|Work undertaken from the date of CSP membership is included.|
|Run Off||Provided for members who leave the CSP /retire from practice provided the CSP continues to purchase a PLI scheme for members and the claim arises from work done by an individual whilst they were a CSP member.|
|Excess||None. Members do not have to make any contribution to the costs of a claim.|
|Beneficiaries||The CSP is the policy holder. Individual CSP members resident in the UK benefit from the scheme.|
|What's covered||Professional Liability - All work within the scope of physiotherapy practice but excluding the treatment of animals and certain professional footballers, and acupuncture when used for fertility treatment.|
Note: In the event of any dispute the full policy wording overrides any information contained in these webpages and the underwriters are the final arbiters of any decision to offer members cover under the policy based on their individual circumstances.
- Full policy wording of the CSP PLI (medical malpractice) scheme 2020-21
This document provides the full terms and conditions of the medical malpractice and professional indemnity policy. As with all insurance policies, you should read and understand the policy and talk to the CSP brokers if you have any concerns.
- CSP Public Liability scheme master schedule 2020-21
This document provides details of the public liability policy specific to the CSP, as well as any exclusions and amendments to the full policy. You should read this alongside the full policy document. As with all insurance policies, you should read and understand the policy and talk to the CSP brokers if you have any concerns.
- Full policy wording of the CSP Public Liability scheme 2020-21
This document will be available as soon as possible.
This document provides the full terms and conditions of the public liability policy. As with all insurance policies, you should read and understand the policy and talk to the CSP brokers if you have any concerns.
- The summary of members PLI insurance scheme 2020-21
This document provides the key points of the CSP scheme to help you understand what is covered under the CSP scheme
- Quick PLI reference guide
This document provides a quick and easy reference to key points of the CSP’s PLI Scheme for members.
The CSP is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to give insurance advice.
For specific insurance related enquiries you can contact the CSP insurance brokers:
8 Chandlers Way
South Woodham Ferrers
Essex CM3 5TB