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How do I know if a physiotherapist is fully trained and has a qualification recognised by the state?
Only members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, (known as “Chartered Physiotherapists”) have the letters “MCSP” or “FCSP” after their name.
Always look for the letters “MCSP” or “FCSP” after the Practitioner’s name.
Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is only possible when therapists have undergone the required training and passed the necessary state recognised examinations to enable them to practice within the NHS or in Private Practice.
Can I be treated by a Chartered Physiotherapist outside the National Health Service?
Yes. Anyone can receive private treatment from a Chartered Physiotherapist in private practice. The fees for Physiotherapy and private practice treatment qualify for refund under most Health Insurance Schemes, including PPP, BUPA and VHI.
Do I have to be referred by a doctor?
No, not necessarily. You may consult a Chartered Physiotherapist without a doctor’s referral, but contact will usually be maintained between your GP and Physiotherapist. Chartered Physiotherapists work in close cooperation with GPs in much the same way as consultants do, and this relationship is for the ultimate benefit of you, the patient.
How do I find a Chartered Physiotherapist in Private Practice?
Chartered Physiotherapists, like doctors work to rigid code of ethical conduct set by their professional body and are only permitted limited advertising.
The Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice, known as “OCPPP” and “PhysioFirst”, represents the independent practice sector of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and hold details of all members. Information is available from the Organisation by phone or by writing to:
OCPPP Administration Office
8 Weston Chambers, Weston Road
Southend of Sea, Essex SS1 1AT
Tel: 01702 392124
Fax: 01702 392125
Health and Care Professions Council
Chartered Physiotherapist, Declan McCarron is registered by the HCPC.
Recognised by BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA, Norwich Union and WPA. Medico legal reports available.