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MACP Rheumatology CIG - WELCOME!

Welcome to the MACP Rheumatology Clinical Interest Group webpage. We do hope that the resources and links here are of some use.

As a member of the Rheumatology Physiotherapy CIG, this is your website, please do get in touch if you have anything to share with this group. Contact us on

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Why a Rheumatology CIG?

The rheumatology physiotherapy community had previously been supported by a UK-wide interest group. This has been dormant for a while, and whilst there is still great networking and mutual support through informal networks, it had been identified that re-starting the CIG under the remit of the CSP would have mutual benefits for the CSP and for physiotherapists working in and around rheumatology. We are at an exciting time for the development of the physiotherapist role both embedded within rheumatology services and at triage and in primary care first contact roles. We have met to discuss vision and values of the Rheumatology CIG and an early draft version of there are listed below.

Aims: To create a network of support, professional development, education, research, influence and advocating for evidence-based, effective and high quality physiotherapy practice and care for people living with, or who may come to develop a rheumatology condition.

Vision: Improve standards of care for people living with rheumatology diagnoses. Validating, standardising and advancing the role of the physiotherapist.

Values: Sharing Good Practice. Supporting Each Other. Maximising the role of the physio in the MDT. Developing individuals, teams and services. Networking. Research-driven

Next Steps

Please find in our Resources section some useful documents to start our group. This will be added to. As per the July meeting this website offers a home for documents discussed in iCSP chats. We are looking for submissions of anonymised job descriptions, job plans, business cases and standard operating procedures that drive forwards the rheumatology role. We plan a more formal launch of the group with some CSP publicity early in the Autumn.

Please do bookmark this page and check back regularly as more content is added. If you are social media active then please do follow us on Twitter @RheumPT_MACP

How to Become a Member

You can join us by becoming a member of the MACP here.

You can join the Rheumatology Physiotherapy Clinical Interest Group by becoming an Affiliate Member of the MACP Professional Network, and which has enabled us to create this CSP recognised sub-group.

You do not need to be working in the Rheumatology specialty and can use your membership to learn more about screening, assessment and management of inflammatory conditions, which is key in musculoskeletal practice. It also aims to support Rheumatology Specialist Physiotherapists, share practice, research and provide valuable education and networking opportunities.

Membership is open to students and physiotherapists and the only requirement is evidence of HCPC registration or CSP membership.

If you are already an MACP member, membership is free - please contact or to be added to the CIG membership, and to receive the monthly CIG newsletter and information on education events, research and CIG activities.

The Affiliate Membership annual fee is £80 for Rheumatology CIG membership and comes with the following additional benefits through MACP affiliation:

  • Preferential booking and reduced rates on MACP-organised one-day courses
  • Access to the FourteenFish CPD portal
  • Discounted subscription to JOSPT(only £15 per year worth $295 USD)
  • Access to members only section of the MACP website (podcasts, journals, research)
  • Access to free lectures and events hosted by the MACP
  • Included on the mailing list for Touchnote - the MACP quarterly newsletter, MACP events and CPD activities
  • Option to purchase criminal prosecution cover from Graybrook insurers (up to £100,000 for any one claim) 
  • Mentorship: for abstract preparation and submission
  • Research Awards and Bursaries

Full MACP membership and gaining recognition of your Rheumatology Specialism, along with the additional member benefits, is also possible through different options - see here.

Watch the following videos for further information about the formation of the group, its aims and member benefits

Please find below the Rheumatology Physiotherapy Capabilities Framework:

Rheumatology Physiotherapy Capabilities Framework

Please go to the Resources page for many useful documents

Webinars and Meetings

Recording of the most recent meeting:

Working Groups

The five working groups are:

  • Education
  • Professional development/Leadership
  • Communications
  • Membership/Engagement
  • Research

For further information or to volunteer contact us via or DM us on Twitter @RheumPT_MACP.