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  • Name: Education Department
  • Tel: 01604 684965
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"[This course] will help me to set up my own practice and be GDPR compliant!"

"This course helped me to think about my practice as a business, not just from a 'physio giving treatment' perspective"

Please note that this course will take place at conference at the same time as the plenary lectures. Please note that you can only attend either this course or the lectures.

A new working life in private practice can be daunting, which is why Painless Practice are introducing a course to give you a complete overview of everything you will need to begin working in private practice, or to bring some enhancements to your established business. Please note this course is also suitable for Practice and Clinic Managers.

Course Overview:

This course is provided for those who are either thinking of going into private practice or have recently made the transition - you will learn so many new benefits for your practice either way. Learning to run a practice in one day is impossible but what this course will do is highlight everything you need to think about, provide useful templates and tools for you to use and provide practical, simple to implement ideas.

Course outline:

  • Being clear about what you want
  • Legal status choices
  • Writing your business plan
  • ‘Great-to-have’ strategic documents for your business
  • Budgeting for success
  • Marketing your practice
  • Running your practice successfully

Prices start at £169 - make the most of your day by learning about how you can improve your practice with hints and tips from Celia on marketing, business and budgeting strategies.

Not only do you gain expertise from the best in the business on a full-day course, you can also:

  • Access the trade exhibition and take part in competitions
  • Meet our conference speakers
  • Visit our membership and research & development stands to learn more on QAP and our benefits

Course overview

Being clear about what you want:

Choosing to set up your own practice or become self-employed within someone else’s practice might be a huge change in direction for you. It is important to be very clear about what your aspirations are in all areas of your personal and professional life so that you can set up your private practice in a way that it will deliver your goals

Course Objectives:

  • Beginning with the end in mind
  • Aligning your practice with your aspirations
  • Defining your core values

Legal status choices:

You have several options when it comes to going into private practice. It’s important to know what those choices are and the pros and cons of each so that you can make an informed decision about what status you’d like at the start and as your practice changes over time.

Course Objectives:

  • Employment status options
  • Legal entity options
  • Brief overview of tax and National Insurance implications

Writing your business plan:

Taking time at the start of your journey to map out exactly what you want to achieve will stand you in good stead and give you a far greater chance of success. A business plan needs to be fit for purpose and take into account the many different elements involved in running a private practice.

Course Objectives:

  • What are the different elements of a business plan
  • Sources of information
  • Keeping it simple and useful

'Great-to-have' strategic documents for your business:

Your business plan will include several strategic documents but there may be other areas that need to be considered and documented in more detail to ensure the smooth and successful running of your practice.

Course Objectives:

  • Future proofing your business with processes
  • List of what should be documented
  • Prioritising for your specific needs

Budgeting for success:

If you have chosen to start your own practice or you’re going to be self-employed within someone else’s practice, getting the money side of things right is crucial! Clear planning and getting into good financial habits from the outset will help you to make sensible decisions along the way and give you peace of mind.

Course objectives:

  • Putting a budget together
  • Finance options to consider
  • Numbers to monitor

Marketing your practice:

Most physiotherapists did not decide to go into private practice because they had a great desire to become marketers. Marketing is however an important part of running a clinic successfully and needs to be done with consideration and consistently to have the desired impact.

Course objectives:

  • How to get your message right
  • How to build your brand
  • Top tips for online and offline marketing

Running your practice successfully:

There are lots of responsibilities when starting in private practice and it can be a real challenge to juggle everything on a day-to-day basis. Keeping your eye on the big picture, being efficient and effective day-to-day and monitoring your progress is vital to enjoying what you do and to achieve your goals

Course objectives:

  • Time management strategies
  • How to outsource and /or delegate effectively
  • Tools and techniques to support you



What is it and where did it come from?

  • Brief history of where, what and why

When will it apply and how will it affect you?

How will it affect my practice?

  • What about my clinical notes?
  • What about my marketing?
  • What about my colleagues?
  • What about my IT?

How will it affect me?

  • Do I have to do it?
  • What if I don’t do it?

Tutor biography

Painless Practice Director

Celia Champion

Celia Champion offers support to physiotherapists on the non-clinical side of running a clinic.  Drawing on her successful business background, her coaching qualifications and her work with hundreds of clients, over thousands of hours in dozens of sectors, she coaches, trains and supports physiotherapists to run better, more successful practices.  This includes support in developing the overall strategy for the practice in the long-term, medium-term and short-term as well as marketing and people management. She has co-authored two books, one specific to practice management. Celia speaks and writes widely on the topic.


Book your place

Prices start from £169 for members and £195 for non-members inc VAT. Or call 01604 684 965 (please note that standard prices would apply). Email for more course information.

At the top of this page, there will be a 'login to book' button. Click this link to login in you are a member of have CSP visitor login details. Follow the steps to book your place.

If you are not a member, nor a CSP visitor, or have forgotten your login details, please contact us on the details above.

Prices are inclusive of VAT where applicable as this is a business course.

Venue information


  • Member: £169
  • Non-member: £195

Book online for an additional £10 discount on the above rates.

Your ticket includes

  • Course entry
  • Certificate
  • Manual
  • Refreshments, unlimited snacks and healthy buffet lunch
  • Access to the exhibition hall and trade discounts


The EMCC has ample parking available onsite however if parking outside of the main car park, a permit will be required to avoid a parking ticket. These can be obtained from the Conference Centre check-in desk or at The Orchard Hotel reception free of charge. The University has a number of various car parks across the site which can be used for parking. Parking on site at the university on Saturday is free across most car parks.

*Please read before booking your place*

This course will take place on Friday 24th April at the same time as our plenary afternoon lectures so you will only be able to attend one or the other.

Please note the cost to attend this course is £169 (for members) and £195 (for non-members) which gives you access to the trade exhibition and evening drinks reception at 5.15pm. You can also attend the Saturday conference lectures which starts from £165 for the day. Click here to view the programme

Unfortunately the first timer discount cannot be redeemed with this course.

Event Timetable

Time Topic
08:45 - 09:00 Arrival and registration
09:00 - Introduction
09:30 - Morning session
10:35 - Break
11:20 - GDPR
12:35 - Lunch
15:00 - Break
16:15 - Afternoon session concludes
17:00 - Course Close

Venue Information

East Midlands Conference Centre

EMCC, University Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 2RJ

The success of the Physio First Education Programme relies on minimum delegate numbers. If the minimum requirement is not achieved it is likely the course will be cancelled. So if you see a course you like, please book it straight away!