It is fundamental to the work of the CSP to support equity, diversity and belonging, and oppose discrimination.
Alex MacKenzie, CSP Chair of Council, talks about the Black Lives Matter movement and the future of the physiotherapy profession during her opening speech at Physiotherapy UK 2020.
Equity, diversity and belonging
As a trade union and professional body working in healthcare, it is fundamental to our work that we:
- Oppose racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, islamophobia, ageism, classism and hatred against people with disabilities.
- Support members facing unfair treatment at work, in education or other aspects of their lives.
- Seek equitable access, treatment and outcomes for all patients.
- Ensure strategic decisions are informed by the full diversity of our members.
- Set an example of good practice in equity, diversity and belonging as an employer,
The CSP is committed to addressing; hate crime, direct and indirect discrimination, institutional racism and unequal outcomes for people on the basis of race, age, gender, sexuality, religion, disability or socioeconomic status.
We acknowledge, respect and celebrate differences and commonalities.
We acknowledge the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement and how it has highlighted the need for urgent change.
We recognise that economic, social and health outcomes are often most unequal for the Black, Asian and minority ethnic community. We understand that some people experience deeper discrimination or disadvantage than their peers because their identities reflect multiple forms of diversity.
We do not believe it is enough to simply avoid discriminating. We aim to be actively anti-racist and pro diversity. We will seek to influence others where they are the right bodies to address issues.
Over the rest of this year, we plan to develop an equity, diversity and belonging strategy reflecting our work within appropriate avenues:
- As a membership body.
- As a service provider.
- As an influencer of the healthcare system.
- As an employer.
This will be led by our chief executive and overseen by our elected member Council, but informed by CSP diversity networks, members, staff and stakeholders with direct experience of, or insights into, the discrimination and disadvantage faced by members and their patients.