About Physio First

Physio First is committed to support and promote a community of quality private physiotherapists.

We are the trade association for chartered physiotherapists in private practice and a dynamic and professional network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. We welcome members from all specialities of physiotherapy across the UK who are looking for business and clinical connection and support within a community of like-minded colleagues.  


Physio First is an organisation run by our members for the benefit and support of our members. We all understand the particular challenges that physios working in private practice face.

Our team is made up of our elected Physio First executive committee who themselves are mostly private physiotherapists and are supported by fellow volunteer members, our dedicated employed admin team, and commissioned professional advisors who all proactively work to deliver our vision to work with our members to champion evidenced, value-based private physiostherapy in the healthcare marketplace.

We are proud of our network of  volunteer Community Representatives whose role it is to liaise closely with our executive committee and our Physio First members to ensure effective, two-way information-sharing.

Physio First membership offers all private physios, whatever size of practice, or specialism, access to the following support structures:

  • A community of colleagues with whom you can share via online and face-to-face options, practical advice and connection
  • Options for continuously developing on a personal, professional and commercial basis
  • Ways in which you can demonstrate your quality skills through independent analysis of your patient outcome data
  • Opportunities to stay up to date with current marketplace information
  • Being part of a collective that shapes the private physiotherapy marketplace
  • Access to a range of business support from a range of trusted partner organisations 

As a clinical interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), we are formally recognised by the Council of the CSP as representing self-employed physiotherapists and those who work for them in private practice.

We are functional and well-structured, and use planning and capacity management tools and systems which includes our sophisticated Membership Relationship Management (MRM) system. 

If you would like to find out more about how being a member of Physio First can benefit you and your practice follow this link 



Within our story

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Physio First was formed in 1952 to represent the interests of self-employed private physiotherapists – something we still do today.


Our vision

Physio First is run on commercial principles and our vision is clear; Physio First is committed to to support and promote a community of quality private physiotherapists.



We are all members of Physio First and we behave in line with our organisational culture.



Physio First membership is open to self-employed physiotherapists, and those physiotherapists who work for them, in private practice across the United Kingdom.



Physio First's constitution is the foundation for our organisation. It includes all the key agreements made by members on how the organisation will work.


Meet our volunteers


Meet our office team