Paediatric Physiotherapists in the Private Sector (PPiPS)

PPiPS support the role of APCP members who work in the private sector - this might include work in private practice, private hospitals, equipment companies, charities and education.

The PPiPS Committee consists of up to 12 nationally elected members.

Current key objectives and strategies for the APCP PPiPS Committee are set out in the Specialist Committees' Five Year Plan.

Committee vancancies will be advertised in October each year prior to the APCP National AGM and so any members wishing to get more actively involved should look out for details of these.

The PPiPS Committee can be contacted at:  

PPiPS are here to support you working in environments such as:


Limited companies and sole traders

You can be employed or working as an associate within a limited company, working with other physiotherapists. You could be working as a sole trader, as an individual in a clinic,  the child’s home, school or within  a children's centre.

Private hospitals/ GP clinics

Working in the acute or clinic setting in private hospitals.


  • Schools  - working in independent or state schools, including mainstream, specialist settings and academies.
  • University  lecturers.
  • Research.
  • Health promotion.

Case management

Managing children usually during and following a litigation process.  Co-ordinating multi-disciplinary professionals to provide  good   quality care to children and adolescents.

Sports and perfoming arts

    • At local, county, national and Olympic level clubs.
    •  In  a gym environment, clinic, trackside, snow sports, court or pitch side.

Overseas/ disaster response

Opportunities for long or short term work, supporting organisations.



Working voluntarily for a charity or as a paid member of staff, including charity run schools, rehabilitation centres, hospices and overseas work.

Product/clinical specialist:

Working  with children/ families assessing equipment or in clinical research.


Working with clients that are undergoing a litigation claim,  providing reports, witness statements and attending tribunals and court hearings, or as a witness of fact. For further information, see the Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists page.


  • In orthotics or equipment companies. In sales, education, research and international practice.
  • Providing clinical training advice.
  • Working in occupational health.

 What are the aims of PPiPS?

  • To support the role of APCP members who work in the private sector
  • To represent views of private practitioners
  • To provide a forum for clinical networking and peer support
  • Specific and relevant CPD through study days
  • To be an expert body of skills and knowledge
  • To promote and ensure best practice, in line with the evidence base available
  • To develop links with relevant organisations within the paediatric field
  • To ensure best working practice with our NHS colleagues, develop good working relationships and maximise continuity to ensure child and family centred care
  • To develop interest and promote opportunities to work within the private sector
  • To promote the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists

Find out more

Putting the Child First- Guidance to Professional Communication