The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is the national, professional body representing over 3,000 Chartered Physiotherapists in Ireland. The Society is respected and recognised both within and outside the profession, as the voice of physiotherapy in Ireland. We support our members in delivering the highest standards of professional care and work with them to develop their skills and support them in their practice.
The Society is the sole Irish Member Organisation of the international physiotherapy professional organisation, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) and contributes to the development of the profession both nationally and internationally. In Ireland the title Chartered Physiotherapist can only be used by current members of the Society or by the members of our equivalent body in the United Kingdom, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). The initials MISCP indicate that a physiotherapist is a member of the Society. Chartered Physiotherapists represent the highest standard of practice and service and set the benchmark for professional practice in Ireland.
The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) is the Professional Body for the Physiotherapy profession in Ireland.
Our Mission is to promote and advocate for the physiotherapy profession and to support our members in leading and collaborating on the delivery of the highest standards of professional care.
The ISCP provides a range of exciting services to its membership including:
Advocacy & Supports
Professional Development Opportunities
Clinical & Specialist Development
Advice on Professional Issues and Practice
Chartered Physiotherapists, who are all members of the Society, work in a variety of settings including hospital, the community and private practice. They help to treat patients and service users from all age groups and all walks of life from birth right through to old age (See What is a Chartered Physiotherapist for more information)
The organisational structure and rules of procedure for the ISCP are determined by the constitution of the ISCP. The management and direction of the affairs of the society are vested in the Board, which is the ultimate policy-making body. The Board is comprised of the Officers of the Society and other Directors. Two external directors are appointed by the board for their expertise in fields other than physiotherapy. The Board has authority for, and is accountable to, the Society's members and the public.
The officers of the Society are a President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Director of Professional Development, Director of International Affairs and Director of Communications.
This organogram shows our governance structure.
In accordance with our Bylaws, the ISCP holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists each year in the October/November timeframe.
Read the Society’s latest annual report here published each year in October.
Approved Corporate Partners can promote their products to ISCP members and other health professionals using the wording: “Supported by ISCP”
The following is a list of Corporate Partners of the Society:
Are you interested in partnering with the ISCP?
Contact Dr Marie Ó Mír, CEO
The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) provides relevant professional recognition to assist the consumer in identifying products of therapeutic benefit. Products recognised by the Society are rigorously reviewed by a group of expert members of the profession and approved by the Board of the Society.
For more information contact [email protected]
Current Recognised Products:
Fleming Medical Physiologix
The Society collaborates with a number of professional bodies and patient organisations on advocacy and health promotion issues.
Do you have a project that resonates with the Physiotherapy message? If so, contact [email protected] and let us know.
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Physiotherapy is a health profession that works to improve or maintain maximum movement and functional ability, so it is useful if you have trouble with any aspect of body movement. Physiotherapy involves the use of mainly physical treatments such as exercise, manipulation, mobilisation, massage and electrotherapy to help patients achieve their full movement potential. It is often prescribed following injury, or to treat symptoms of aging, disability, disease, disorders or conditions. Physiotherapy can help you achieve and maintain movement for life.
Physiotherapists are health professionals who are responsible for developing, maintaining or restoring movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan across the health spectrum using evidence-based practice.
Chartered Physiotherapists, who are all members of the Society, work in a variety of settings including hospital, the community and private practice. The help to treat patients and service users from all age groups and all walks of life from birth right through to old age.
A chartered physiotherapist is a qualified member of their professional body, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy (ISCP). A Chartered Physiotherapist is a university graduate with hospital-based training who has comprehensive knowledge of how the body works, along with specialist training in the diagnosis and treatment of muscle and joint pain. When you choose a physiotherapist who is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered physiotherapists (ISCP), you’ll enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that they are a part of Ireland’s only professional body within its field.
It is your guarantee that they have been trained to the highest academic and professional standards – and also that they continue to keep abreast of emerging trends and developments through a programme of Continuous Professional Development.
Choosing a Chartered Physiotherapist assures you that your chosen practitioner is fully committed to upholding the highest standards of medical and ethical standards.
To become a Chartered Physiotherapist you will have to:
In Ireland there are 4 Universities offering degree courses in physiotherapy
University College Cork (UCC) offers a MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration). This an accelerated pre-registration programme for students with a relevant primary degree in a subject other than physiotherapy.
Please contact the above universities for their student information booklet that gives full details of the course requirements and subjects.
Subjects studied include anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology and behavioural sciences. Emphasis is put on practical skills, including 1,000 hours of supervised clinical work. Project work and research skills are also developed as an undergraduate.
Physiotherapists help and treat patients from all age groups and all walks of life. This includes anyone from premature babies and children in special schools to the elderly in Day Care Centres. Physiotherapists also help members of your local sports teams including GAA, Soccer and Rugby at all levels right up to elite athletes involved in all sports at national and international level. You will also find our members treating injured workers and helping to ensure a safe working environment, or educating women on antenatal/postnatal care and fitness prior to childbirth. Chartered Physiotherapists are involved in many other areas such as:
CORU is Ireland's multi-profession health regulator. Their role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals. Is your physiotherapist registered with CORU? You can check online https://coru.ie/check-the-register/
All physiotherapists in Ireland must be registered with CORU. This is a condition of using the title ‘physiotherapist’ or ‘physical therapist’, claiming to be an active member of the profession, and practising physiotherapy anywhere in Ireland, whether in the HSE, independent or working in other sectors.