CSP diversity networks

Find out about and join our three diversity network groups: Disabled Members; Black and Minority Ethnic (BME); and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ (LGBT+).


The three diversity networks are open to all CSP members, including students and associates, and membership is confidential. The network groups meet at least twice a year, including holding joint sessions on issues of common interest. The CSP pays expenses for members to attend.

See more about how they work and joining a group further down this page.

CSP diversity networks

Disabled Members Network
For members with a disability or health condition which may or may not affect their ability to carry out their role in physiotherapy. The group is as inclusive as possible and has members with a wide variety of conditions such as asthma, back problems and dyslexia. The network has helped developed resources for members including guidance on disability discrimination.

BME Network
For members who are black or come from an ethnic minority background. Previous network activities have covered: training on dealing with harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and raising awareness of unconscious bias. They have also worked on the implementation of the NHS Workplace Race Equality Standard (WRES).

LGBT+ Network
For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members as well as members who may define themselves as pansexual, intersex, non-binary, questioning etc. The group has developed resources and training on physiotherapy treatment of transgender patients, and also represent the society at London Pride.

How the diversity networks operate

Membership of all three groups is confidential, with access to details restricted to those officers who work directly with them. Through interactiveCSP members receive regular briefings on equality related issues, legal updates, news and information on relevant events. iCSP provides a forum for network group members to discuss issues of common interest and contact each other by email.

Each network elects a convenor (chair) who sits on the CSP Equality and Diversity Group. This group in turn elects one member to sit on CSP Council. The networks have made an important contribution to discussions around CSP standards, accessibility, cultural awareness and monitoring. They have also participated in wider campaigns, for example the Civil Partnership Act.

A key activity for the networks is to provide peer support: members volunteer to be put in touch with other members who are experiencing difficulties in the workplace. This could be to do with coming out, harassment, and lack of support for disabled physiotherapists. On occasions, BME network members have offered support to students who faced racial abuse while on clinical placement.

All three networks submit motions to the CSP Annual Representative Conference (ARC) and send representatives to the TUC equality conferences.

Join a diversity network

The BME, Disabled Members and LGBT networks are all private. In order to maintain confidentiality you join the networks via an online form - see the link below. We can then add you to the appropriate networks. Please make sure you are logged in to the site before using the form.

Join a network

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