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What is professionalism?

'Professionalism' describes the qualities, skills, competence and behaviours you are expected to bring to physiotherapy.

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A student, associate and chartered physio. Photo: Nathan Clark (2018)

The Health and Care Professions Council is the regulator of health and care professions in the UK.

Within healthcare, professionalism includes:

  • working to defined standards and principles
  • demonstrating clinical reasoning and decision-making with an evidence base
  • managing sensitive information
  • considering complex ethical and moral matters

Demonstrating professionalism

As a CSP member you demonstrate your professionalism by:

  • working within the defined regulatory framework of personal and professional standards
  • adhering to a moral, ethical and professional code of practice
  • demonstrating autonomous practice within the scope of the profession
  • maintaining an awareness of individual limitations to scope of practice
  • maintaining and developing professional expertise
  • delivering a safe and effective service that is caring and compassionate