Introduction

The LCSP Register of Remedial Masseurs and Manipulative Therapists is a company limited by guarantee that took over the existing organisation London and Counties Society of Physiologists with effect from 1st January 2002. Only the constitution and title of the organisation has in effect changed – the membership, aims, objects, etc. are unchanged.

The following information will provide an insight into the role and work of the LCSP Register:

About the L.C.S.P.

LCSP-300x200The London & Counties Society of Physiologists was founded in 1919 and is the oldest-established and largest organisation of private practitioners of remedial massage and manipulative therapy in the U.K. At the present time it represents practitioners and students of these therapies.

For very many years now the Society has published an annual Membership Register and also a Directory of Practitioner Members. This lists the names and addresses of therapists within the British Isles (and certain overseas Countries) who provide treatment by remedial massage, manipulative therapy, sports therapy and allied therapies. The Directory is available to Libraries, Citizens’ Advice Bureaus, Career Offices and the like, and to the press and media. A copy of the Directory will gladly be supplied free of charge to any member of the public on request.

During a survey of the Society’s practising remedial masseurs and manipulative therapists carried out some years ago it emerged that in one particular year our Members were consulted by nearly half a million patients who received over one million treatments. Although no similar survey has been carried out recently it may be confidently estimated that such figures would have risen significantly in the light of the rise in acceptance and popularity of CAM therapies and the increased activity of members engaged in these therapies in recent years.

The role of our members continues to change both quantitatively and qualitatively. Longevity has improved as a result of modern medical research and better standards of living. In consequence there is an increase in the incidence of degenerative diseases such as osteo-arthrosis and other disorders of the arthritic range. Enforced leisure caused by economic factors and enhanced leisure activity resulting from commercial and industrial development means a greater incidence of sports-related injuries.

The LCSP Register’s aim is to continue to meet the demand of ailing members of the public, particularly in the sphere of musculo-skeletal disorder and disease, by means of advanced and proven remedial massage and manipulative therapeutic methods. That aim encompasses the requirements of the ‘ideal therapeutic system’ as enunciated in a House of Lords debate some years ago by Lord Colwyn:

  1. Treatment should be effective.
  2. There should be very few, if any, side effects.
  3. The patient’s well-being should be enhanced.
  4. The quality of life should be ensured.
  5. Treatment should be reasonably inexpensive.
  6. Treatment should be readily available.
  7. The patient should have his trouble explained to him, and the methods being used to assuage it.

Code of Ethics

The LCSP Register requires that its Members adhere to a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. A copy of this Code will be freely supplied on request. Among other points, Members are required to work as far as possible in close liaison with the medical profession.

The Register’s Disciplinary Committee exerts firm control over the activities of the membership and acts firmly, promptly and resolutely in cases where it is felt that a member has infringed the Code of Conduct (e.g. unprofessional forms of advertising, offering treatment which might be regarded to be outside the sphere of the remedial masseur or manipulative therapist, etc.). Such disciplinary action could involve suspension or termination of membership, with a subsequent loss of professional indemnity insurance cover for the member.

Insurance

The LCSP ensures that there exists extensive insurance cover for each practising member insofar as claims arising in respect of Professional Indemnity (Malpractice); Public Liability; and Products Liability.
Education and Research Development Charitable Trust

The Society has been instrumental in setting up a Charitable Trust – The L.C.S.P. Education and Research Development Trust – (Registered Charity No. 295877) – as a body devoted to the furtherance of education and research within the sphere of remedial massage and manipulative therapy. The Trust has its own resources and aims to make research and library facilities available to members of the Register and the general public.

Education and Training

The LCSP Register approves of the training in Remedial Massage and accepts as meeting the criteria for membership graduates from all the affiliated training schools represented by the governing body of the General Council for Massage Therapy (GCMT). The members of the GCMT have set National Occupational Standards in massage training and are committed to the promotion of the profession for the public good. Additionally, the Register has direct links with colleges and organisations in the field of remedial massage and manipulative therapy in Australia, Canada and the U.S.A. These links vary from a degree of integration in teaching and organisational matters to ordinary communicative activities between the bodies.

The LCSP Register is in broad agreement with and fully supports the moves towards the Integration of Complementary and Alternative Healthcare with Conventional Medicine as discussed during the Conference formally opened by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at London in May 1998.