Welcome: The experiences of physiotherapists in relation to litigation


We would like to invite you to take part in our research investigating the experiences of UK physiotherapists in relation to litigation. Our findings will be used to help support physiotherapists in their role to ensure their health and wellbeing. This project is being funded by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) (Manchester Metropolitan University ethics approval reference: 18122).


Why have I been invited?

We are contacting all qualified physiotherapists in the UK to complete a national survey (all grades, retired physiotherapists and from all specialities). You do not need to have any experience of litigation to take part. The survey will investigate the extent of litigation in regard to UK physiotherapy, the experiences of being involved in litigation, how to support physiotherapists in their role, and potential training needs. This survey is completely anonymous. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.


Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide. If after reading this information sheet, you have any questions, please contact the researchers whose details are given below. If you wish to take part, please complete the questionnaire. By completing the questionnaire you are consenting to take part. As the survey is anonymous, once submitted you will not be able to withdraw it.


What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results of the research study will be used in reports sent to the CSP. The results will also be used for academic publications and oral presentations at conferences or other learning events. Your data will be used to support other research in the future, and may be shared anonymously with other researchers.


You may contact the researcher if you would like more information or if there is anything that is not clear:

Research Assistant details:

Rachel Leech, Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks Building, Birley Campus

53 Bonsall Street, Manchester, M15 6GX r.leech@mmu.ac.uk


Principal Investigator details:

Dr Gillian Yeowell, Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks Building, Birley Campus, 53 Bonsall Street, Manchester, M15 6GX, Tel. 0161 247 2961 g.yeowell@mmu.ac.uk


If you want to discuss the research with an independent person or have any complaints regarding this research, then you should contact:


Prof Khatidja Chantler, Faculty Head of Ethics, Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks Building, Birley Campus, 53 Bonsall Street, Manchester, M15 6GX, K.Chantler@mmu.ac.uk 0161 247 1316




Are you a qualified Physiotherapist who has worked in the UK? Required