Is your Health Professional genuine?
The Health Professionals Council is the body that ensures that professional standards of practice and continuing professional development are adhered to by it’s members. There are 13 different health care professionals.
To make sure that your health professional is genuine there is only one way to check.
Consult the Health Professionals Council web site;
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country’s 47,000 Chartered Physiotherapists, including assistants and students.
The Society is a member-led organization, governed by the CSP Council. This is made up of elected CSP members and is supported by a system of boards, branches, committees and groups. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy provides an exceptionally wide range of member services and is also a campaigning organization, speaking up for physiotherapists and promoting the physiotherapy profession. It aims to;
- Lead and support its members and help them provide the highest standards of innovative patient care
- Protect and further advise the interests of the members
- Raise the profile of the profession and influence the health care agenda
- Work openly in partnership to meet the needs of the members and their patients
Some of the services the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy provides to its members include;
- Vitial Professional Liability Insurance (PLI)
- Access to professional information via the internet library, telephone and group meetings
- Twice-monthly Physiotherapy Frontline magazine with up to date health care information & job adverts
- Quarterly scientific Physiotherapy Journals
- Guidelines on clinical effectiveness, codes of practice and core standards of care
- Regular nationwide branch meetings
National Organization for Physiotherapists in Private Practice
All of RPC’s Physiotherapists are members of Physiofirst. www.physiofirst.org.uk All Physiofirst members are listed on the Physio First website for members of the public and any other organization seeking to purchase Physiotherapy services to easily locate a local Physiotherapist. Physio First supports Physiotherapists who work in private practice, providing courses, corporate advertising in Yellow Pages and general administrative support.
Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
Members of AACP are in a unique position to combine acupuncture with other treatment methods, such as:
- muscle re-education
- joint mobilisation
- neurological rehabilitation
- sports rehabilitation
- ergonomic assessments
Chartered physiotherapists are bound by a strict professional and ethical code of practice. The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) requires its members to undergo a minimum of 80 hours of acupuncture training. Members of AACP are required to keep up with a stated minimum number of hours of continuing professional development each year in order to remain on the register.
The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM)
The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM) is the clinical interest group recognised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) as representing those physiotherapists who have a professional interest in sport and sports physiotherapy. It is a national association for all chartered physiotherapists in the United Kingdom.
The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT)
ACPAT members are fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists (MCSP’s) who have also trained in physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals.
Other Useful Links
Whiplash Associated Disorders
Low Back Pain
Evidence-based clinical guidelines for the diagnosis, assessment and physiotherapy management of shoulder impingement syndrome (Quick reference guide). Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, London (2004)