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The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (ACPICR) is a professional network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP).

Formed in 1995, the ACPICR champions the role of the physiotherapist in cardiac rehabilitation, promotes professional competence and service equity welcoming all professionals working in or interested in the exercise/physical activity components of cardiovascular rehabilitation.

What do we do?

The ACPICR provides, in association with the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR), high standard education via well established and well evaluated post graduate courses. We publish Standards, Competency and Peer Review documents to promote and facilitate clinical excellence within our field of expertise, plus we produce diverse patient information leaflets.

The ACPICR facilitates the exchange of information, ideas and research findings to members via networks between cardiovascular rehabilitation services and also via links with other cardiac organisations, for example, British Cardiac Society, BACPR, British Heart Foundation, British Society for Heart Failure.

We publish e-bulletins to inform members of ACPICR activity including work in progress, new research, courses and review of recent events.

We have a committee of enthusiastic volunteers who all work in the field of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation. Members are elected , by the membership, at the Annual General Meeting or are co-opted. The Committee meets three times a year and minutes are emailed to the members. To find out who is on the committee and how to contact them, see the 'Contact us' page



As a committee, we aim to:

  • Remain as a recognised and respected professional body
  • Champion the role of the physiotherapist in cardiovascular rehabilitation
  • Promote the importance of exercise and physical activity in cardiovascular rehabilitation
  • Support members in delivering an effective and research-based physiotherapy practice for the rehabilitation of cardiovascular patients
  • Improve physiotherapy practice by facilitating research and audit at regional/ national level and provide a forum for exchange of ideas
  • Support members and facilitate the exchange of knowledge, at both regional and national level
  • Provide and promote post graduate education/ training needs of it members
  • Collaborate with the CSP and BACPR plus other professional networks