The Canadian Branch shall be governed by the rules and regulations of the parent Society in the United Kingdom. All rules, regulations and modifications thereof proposed by the Canadian Branch shall be subject to endorsement by the parent body, and shall not become operative until such endorsement has been obtained. The parent Society in the U.K. shall have the power to dissolve or reconstitute the branch should be deemed necessary, provided the Federal Minister of Corporations is advised of such procedures not less than 90 days prior to its occurrence.
The following Bylaws shall be in regard to the Canadian Branch of the L.C.S.P. only, its constitution and membership, and represent amendments to the main Rules, Aims and Objectives of the Society in so far as such are relevant to the Canadian Branch.
The name of the Society will be “THE LONDON AND COUNTIES SOCIETY OF PHYSIOLOGISTS, CANADIAN BRANCH."
OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY
To provide an organization, international in scope and activity, for persons engaged in the scientific study of physiology; but, in particular, for those persons engaged in the profession of Remedial Massage prescribing a standard of professional ability, proficiency and experience essential to the election of Members, thereby conferring a recognized and approved status by virtue of membership.
May conduct examinations in the theory and practice of Remedial Massage and may grant certificates of proficiency dependent on the results thereof. And further, to promote and support continued education.
Members shall advertise their services and practice as the guidelines of there province dictate.
CATEGORIES & QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
The Society considers its membership as:
FULL MEMBERSHIP shall be open to persons who have successfully completed training to a standard of proficiency so determined by their provincial association, and who have not less than 2,200 hours training in the field of massage therapy. Only Members of this category are able to call themselves or use the term 'Remedial Massage Therapist'. Such membership will be designated by the letters – L.C.S.P. (Phys).
FELLOWSHIP shall be conferred upon Members who have given distinguished service to the profession or Society. Fellowships are issued by the U.K. council only: nominations for such honor may be put forward by the Canadian Branch Council. Such to be announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Society, subject to nomination and seconding of a candidate by members of the council, and subject to a maximum appointment of two Fellowship members in any one year. Such memberships to carry the designatory letters F.L.C.S.P.(Phys).
A member is allowed to be Non-Practicing for the maximum that their Provincial Association allows. At which time they must renew with their provincial association. If they do not do this, they forfeit their Membership in the LCSP Canadian Branch.
RETIREMENT MEMBERSHIP is available, at the discretion and consent of Council, only to long-standing Members of the Society who, for reason of age or infirmity, have retired permanently from professional practice. Such Members may retain the use of the designatory letters of membership after their name.
All members other than those registered as Retired or Non-practicing must acquire continued education approved by their Provincial Association or meet the education requirements of the governing body in which they hold membership.
Sports Massage Practitioner is a term reserved for those individuals who have successfully completed an approved course of training to the requirements of their Provincial Association or meet the education requirements of the governing body in which they hold membership. Use of the term must be accompanied by the appropriate designating letters for the category. No other Member may promote or use terms, which may lead the public to believe they have such educational qualifications.
All Members in the Society must carry Insurance for Malpractice & Liability through there Provincial Association or meet the education requirements of the governing body in which they hold membership.
Membership fees shall be decided and approved by the membership, upon recommendation of Council, at the Annual General Meeting of the Society
Malpractice and Liability Insurance is the responsibility of the members Governing body no matter the category of membership.
CERTIFICATE OF MEMBERSHIP
The membership certificate of the Society may be placed in the treatment area of the therapist. A wallet certificate may be requested in writing to the Membership director. Duplicate Certificates will be emailed upon request.
EDUCATION AND EXAMINATION
Examination and education will be set by the provincial association the member belongs to.
COUNCIL OF THE BRANCH
Changes to the agenda may be made at the beginning of the AGM.
Nominations will be taken from the floor at the AGM and added to existing nominations.
CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
At the present time Provincial Statutes do not regulate the practice of Massage Therapy in many Provinces. Nevertheless, Common Law affects the right of an individual to practice this therapy. A Member of the Society shall undertake to abide by all the laws of the Province in which he/she may legally practice or reside.
CODE OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
All Members must pay their Annual Membership Fee on the due date.
The Member must agree to take out Malpractice and Liability insurance.
Insurance must be held through there Provincial Association
The right to request both Police and Vulnerability check upon request by the Disciplinary Committee.
Advertising will be the domain of their Provincial Association
Disciplinary Code will be the domain of the Provincial Association or Governing body.
Upon receiving a complaint in writing against a Member the LCSP will support the needs of the accused member. When deemed as necessary.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE BRANCH
Each Member and Fellowship Member shall be permitted one vote on each resolution placed before the Meeting, subject to being a fully paid-up Member of the Society at the time of the Meeting. Honorary Members of the Society may attend the Meeting but shall have no power of vote.