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What training do Chartered Physiotherapists have?

Aren't all physiotherapists trained, you might ask! Surprisingly, the answer is no. At present there are people able to call themselves physiotherapists even though they have received minimal or possibly no formal training. However, no one can use the title of Chartered Physiotherapist (MCSP or FCSP) or State Registered Physiotherapist unless they have undertaken a rigorous and comprehensive training. This will guarantee that the State Registration Board has validated the courses which produce these qualifications, thus providing confidence that patients will be treated by regular practitioners. These are the only qualifications accepted by the NHS. All PhysioFirst physiotherapists are both Chartered and State Registered physiotherapists and additionally work to guidelines and requirements set by the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (OCPPP), the officially recognised sub-group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy responsible for independent practitioners.


How do I know if a physiotherapist is fully trained and has a qualification recognised by the state?

All members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (known as Chartered Physiotherapists, and having the designatory letters "MCSP" after their name), and State Registered Physiotherapists ("SRP"), have undergone the required training and passed the necessary state recognised examinations to enable them to practice both within the National Health Service and in Private Practice.


How does a Chartered Physiotherapist decide the best form of treatment?

The Chartered Physiotherapist will examine the nature and actual site of the problem and relate it to your whole person before making a diagnosis. After full consultation with you, and where appropriate with your doctor, the Chartered Physiotherapist will decide on the best form of treatment to be undertaken.


How does Chartered Physiotherapist differ from the "alternative" forms of healing?

The methods used by "alternative" therapies differ widely, but most of the theories and principals which govern them are included as standard practice in Chartered Physiotherapy, which is the "orthodox alternative".


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 co-operation with general practitioners in much the same way as consultants do, and this relationship is to the ultimate benefit of the patient. You may also be referred by your consultant or insurance company. If you are a member of a medical insurance company you should, if possible, contact them before starting treatment; if you wish to make a claim from them.


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. Most private medical insurance schemes provide cover for physiotherapy only when it is given by a Chartered and/or State Registered Physiotherapist.


What to expect when you visit a physiofirst physiotherapist

At your first visit you will be asked for your medical history and all relevant information including work, hobbies and lifestyle that might be contributory factors to your condition.

What you hope to gain from treatment will also be discussed, so that you have a clear understanding of your condition and agree with the proposed treatment plan.

A full clinical examination will be carried out to determine the cause of the problem.

This clinical diagnosis may include an analysis of the way relevant parts of the body move in relation to each other. How the body moves cannot be shown with scans or X-rays, but it is a vital element in deciding on the cause of problems as well as treatment.

Having established the cause of your problem, your physiotherapist will discuss a proposed treatment regime.

Treatment will be directed at your current problem and the equally important aspect of correcting any postural misalignment or muscle imbalance.

There is seldom just one way to treat a condition, and deciding on the treatment method is a partnership between you and the physiotherapist.

The treatment plan is tailor-made for you, and will give you the tools to keep your body working in the way it was designed.

Treatment may include manipulation, mobilisations, electrotherapy and rehabilitation programmes.


What is physiofirst?

PhysioFirst is the trading name for (OCPPP) - the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice.

OCPPP represents the independent Chartered Physiotherapist and has over 3200 members UK wide.

With its Accreditation Scheme and compulsory Continuing Professional Development, OCPPP is continually striving to raise the standard of physiotherapy in the independent sector.

OCPPP is one of the occupational groups of the CSP - the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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