Seek help from the Physiotherapy Benevolent Fund

How to apply for support from the Physiotherapy Benevolent Fund if you are experiencing financial hardship.

The Physiotherapy Benevolent Fund (PBF) is able to assist:

  • Past and present members of the CSP experiencing unforeseen hardship or financial difficulties.
  • Members who have been a subscribing member of the CSP for at least two years (six months for students). However, we are a caring profession and want to make sure that we look after our members in their time of need. Therefore, discretion can be used in exceptional circumstances.
  • Those who cease to be members, for example, retired physiotherapy and associate members are also eligible for support.
  • Previous student members will be eligible provided they complete their study, qualified as a physiotherapist, and work in the UK.
  • Previous qualified or associate members, who no longer work within physiotherapy, are eligible for support for up to five years following the ending of their membership.

Please ensure that you have investigated other sources of assistance, e.g. State Benefits, before applying to the PBF.

The PBF is UNABLE to assist with:

  • A shortfall in income/expenditure due to consumer debts such as credit cards and loans.
  • Financial pressures arising from cost of living increases.
  • A shortfall in income due to taking part in industrial action.
  • Awards for educational purposes.
  • Awards to support family members in the UK or overseas.

How to apply to the Physiotherapy Benevolent Fund

Applications to the PBF are handled by our expert administration partner, Hope4U.

For more information or to discuss an application, please call 0330 320 2140 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) or email

View a preview of our application form which will illustrate the information required for the application process.

Full disclosure of income,  expenditure and other financial details (benefit / bank / credit card) is required for the completion of the assessment process.  Timely provision of the required information will help us process your application as quickly as possible.

All applications are handled in the strictest confidence.

The criteria for assessing need and eligibility are in line with guidance from the Department of Work and Pensions and UK Charity Law and, as such, the fund is unable to support the repayment of debt.

If you need any support with your application, in whatever form, please ask - we are here to help.

Contact the PBF

To discuss an application or any other questions you may have, in confidence, please contact us:

Phone: 0330 320 2140 (lines open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

For administration and general information (anything NOT related to an application) please email

Complaints procedure: Should you wish to raise a concern or complaint about your PBF experience please contact the Chair, Lawrence Owers on the issue or issues need investigation they will be passed to the PBF Trustee Complaints Officer who will manage the process and contact you.

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