All physiotherapists employed in the National Health Service in the
United Kingdom are required by law to be State Registered, including
physiotherapists who trained in member countries of the European
Economic Area (EEA).
Physiotherapy in the UK, is a regulated profession. This means there
is one minimum standard of qualifying education for entry to the
All those who are assessed as having reached that standard are
granted State Registration and a legal licence to practice the
profession in the UK. Registration is designed to protect the public and
maintain professional standards.
The Health Professions Council (formerly CPSM), as the regulatory
authority, deals with applications for UK State Registration. It grants
eligible physiotherapists a licence to practise, maintains a register of
such physiotherapists and has disciplinary powers.
Obtaining and maintaining a licence to practice from the HPC is a
legal requirement. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, CSP, is the
trade union, educational and professional body for UK physiotherapists,
physiotherapy assistants and students. Membership is a professional