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Rachel Duncombe Physiotherapy

Ipswich Sports Club

Henley Road

Ipswich IP1 4NJ


Phone: 01473 251183

Mobile: 07957 475610

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Having graduated as a physiotherapist from Manchester University in 1991, Rachel worked as an orthopaedic and musculoskeletal physiotherapist for the NHS for 12 years.  She completed a Masters degree in Manual therapy in 1999 as well as membership to the M.A.C.P.; a nationally recognised specialist group of manual physiotherapists. Rachel was responsible for training and examining undergraduate physiotherapy students during her final 5 years in the NHS.

Having moved into the private sector of physiotherapy in 2004 she obtained an accupuncture qualification with the A.A.C.P. and continues to maintain close links with her colleagues in the NHS.


The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists is the professional body that all qualified physiotherapists must belong to in order to call themselves a physiotherapist. All Chartered Physiotherapists are bound by the Society's Rules of Professional Conduct and Standards of Physiotherapy Practice.


The Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP)

 The Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) is a group of over 1100 physiotherapists, who are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

In addition to their undergraduate training they have all undertaken extensive postgraduate study and reached a recognised standard of excellence in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy. Their knowledge and practical skills ensures that all MACP Physiotherapists are able to provide an excellent standard of care in examination, treatment and management for people with neuromusculoskeletal problems.

In the UK the MACP is recognised as the specialist manipulative therapy group by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT). To obtain membership of the MACP clinicians have to complete a recognised postgraduate course of study, many of which are at a Master of Science level. The association has 1000 full members (members who have passed a stringent examination process) and almost 200 associate members (members undertaking post-graduate education leading to membership).


The Acupuncture Association Of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP)

The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) is a professional network affiliated with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). The Association represents those physiotherapists who are interested in integrating acupuncture into mainstream physiotherapy for the management of pain and systemic conditions. More than 6500 physiotherapists who use acupuncture within clinical management in both the National Health Service (NHS) and private practice are members of AACP.


Physio First

Physio First is the Organisation which represents Physiotherapists in private practice launched in 1952 to promote the highest standards of clinical physiotherapy practice.
Our Mission Statement is “To deliver professional and business support for members to enable us to develop more successfully as private practitioners”. This includes our desire to help the general public understand how physiotherapy can help them and to facilitate easy access to our highly skilled members.


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