HCPC and CSP – do you have Acronym Confusion?

There are a lot of acronyms bandied around the medical profession, and people with all kinds of letters after their names. Sometimes it almost seems to be a competition as to who can get most letters after their names as opposed to what the person knows. Lots of letters doesn’t necessarily mean lots of knowledge. Here’s what you need to know about the one’s we use in relation to Physiotherapy.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Any physiotherapist you see should be a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Membership is only permitted once you have passed a BSc. in Physiotherapy from an accepted school (Salford University in Tim’s case), and if you are not a member of the CSP you cannot legally call yourself a Chartered Physiotherapist because this is a protected title (just like GPs).

Through this membership they have committed themselves to providing high quality services and protecting the quality of physical treatments.

Health Care Practitioners Council

The Health Care Practitioners Council (HCPC) was set up to protect the public and are the regulatory body for all professionals with a protected title. Along with Chartered Physiotherapists, the HCPC regulate the work of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, speech therapists.

“[The HCPC] keep a Register of health and care professionals who meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health.

There is a database of all Chartered Physiotherapists on the CSP website for you to search – Find A Physio. The HCPC also has a register of all members – Check the Register.

Chartered Physiotherapists have to keep up to date with these two organisations, or else they lose the right to call themselves by the title of Chartered Physiotherapist. This is achieved through continued professional development (CPD) – learning and continued education. As you know, we are massive fans of this and are #AlwaysLearning new subjects and researching topics to help our clients.

For more information read here about our Chartered Physiotherapist, Tim Budd.


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