As well as working closely with its member organisations, regions and subgroups, WCPT works with a wide range of outside organisations to further its aims, advance physical therapy globally and promote global health. Collaborations give WCPT and the profession of physical therapy a stronger voice, and a visible presence, and position of influence on the global stage. Below are some of its major collaborations.

The World Health Organization

WCPT has been in official relations with WHO since 1952, collaborating on work programmes to improve world health. It is consulted by WHO on many issues and works with various WHO teams, especially the WHO Disability and Rehabilitation Team. WCPT is actively involved in the WHO Functioning and Disability Reference Group, advising on functioning, disability and health classification issues such as the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

Handicap International

In partnership with Handicap International (HI), WCPT is implementing the SUDA Project focusing on the strengthening of physical therapy as a profession in Mali, Niger and Senegal. 

The World Health Professions Alliance

WCPT joined the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) in 2010. WHPA is an alliance of the International Council of Nurses, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, the World Dental Federation and the World Medical Association, representing more than 26 million health professionals worldwide. As part of WHPA, WCPT has urged action on counterfeit medical products and non communicable diseases, and has led work on collaborative practice.

The Global Health Workforce Alliance

Alongside the International Council of Nurses, the International Hospital Federation, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, the World Dental Federation, and the World Medical Association, WCPT has collaborated with the Global Health Workforce Alliance in a campaign to support the development of positive practice environments (PPEs). The Alliance is a partnership of national governments, civil society, international agencies, finance institutions, researchers, educators and professional associations.

Professional partners

WCPT partners physical therapy organisations and projects which share its aim to advance evidence based practice and raise standards through the provision of open access resources. Current partners include PEDro, Physiopedia and

Commercial partners

WCPT develops partnerships with selected companies which share its values and aspirations, and wish to support WCPT’s projects. Every four years, there is an additional opportunity for commercial partners, with the WCPT Congress, where a wide range of companies provide services and financial support to the event.

Other collaborations

WCPT works with other organisations in an attempt to offer physical therapists worldwide high quality information, services and opportunities. It is in partnership with several companies offering continuing education products to physical therapists.