How the CSP is working to oppose racism

In light of important issues highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement and the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on BAME communities, the CSP is stepping up its work to tackle discrimination.


It is not good enough that we are not racist. We have to be anti-racist.

Karen Middleton, CSP chief executive

What it means to be 'anti-racist'

In her blog on the Black Lives Matter movement, our chief executive Karen Middleton outlines why the CSP and the physiotherapy profession must come together to tackle inequality and discrimination.

The CSP has been working to support and protect members during the pandemic, including around issues related to equality and diversity and coronavirus.

The political climate around Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter emphasise the need to show solidarity with BAME members and colleagues against the evils of racism. Read the CSP's statement of solidarity.

Representatives from the CSP's diversity networks at a joint diversity day

How to get involved

The CSP's BAME network is the largest of our three diversity networks, with 742 members. Find out more by reading an interview with CSP steward Heena Mahmood.​

In addition, we are affiliated with organisations that fight racism and fascism. Click on the links below to discover how you can get involved.

Show Racism the Red Card

Provides educational workshops, training sessions, multimedia packages, and a whole host of other resources, all with the purpose of tackling racism in society. Every year, we encourage members and reps to get involved in Wear Red Day and collect funds for their activities.

CSP Council members show racism the red card. Photos: Simon Hadley

Hope not hate

The campaign was founded to provide a positive antidote to the politics of hate. Over the next few months it will step up its activities to fight racism.


We seek to influence government policies and join in anti-racism campaigns via our affiliation to the TUC. For example, through the annual Black Workers’ Conference – which CSP members attend, including presenting motions – and through events that celebrate the role of BAME workers in the NHS.

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