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What is a Physiotherapist?
A Physiotherapist (often colloqially known as a "Physio") is responsible for the identification and maximisation of movement potential through health promotion, preventive healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation.

The Physiotherapist will treat people of all ages with physical symptoms caused by illness, accident or the ageing process.

The core skills used by a Physiotherapist include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and the application of electro-physical modalities. The Physiotherapist also has an appreciation of psychological, cultural and social factors which influence their clients

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession which sees human movement as central to the health and well-being of individuals. The Physiotherapist works to assist people to promote their own health and well being.

Physiotherapists work across the full spectrum of healthcare specialities, including:

  • Care of the Elderly
  • Intensive Care
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Mental Illness
  • Occupational Health
  • Orthopaedics
  • Outpatients
  • Paediatrics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Stroke patients
  • Terminally illness
  • Womens health

The Physiotherapist plays an active part in patient treatment within hospitals, both at ward level and in dedicated physiotherapy gyms; where the Physiotherapist utilises hydrotherapy and high-tech equipment so that specialist therapy can be carried out.

The Physiotherapist also works in more community based settings. This includes not just Primary care work in GP surgeries and health centres, but also in education, industry, private practice and leisure & sport arenas

Physiotherapy is a ''hands on'', physical career in every sense. The personal qualities needed for this rewarding role are tolerance, patience and compassion. You will also need to be level-headed, practical and have good communication skills.

A more formal definition of physiotherapy comes from the 2002 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Curriculum Framework:

Physiotherapy "... uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status.

Physiotherapy is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery.

The exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core."

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy goes on to say:

"Chartered Physiotherapists combine their knowledge, skills and approach to improve a broad range of physical problems associated with different 'systems' of the body.

In particular [Physiotherapists] treat neuromusculor (brain and nervous system), musculoskeletal (soft tissues, joints and bones), cardiovascular and respiratory systems (heart and lungs and associated physiology).

People are often referred for physiotherapy by doctors or other health and social care professionals. Increasingly, as a result of changes in health care, people are referring themselves directly to physiotherapists without previously seeing any other health care profressional.

Physiotherapists work autonomously, most often as a member of a team with other health or social care professionals. They may be employed or self-employed and can work alone. Physiotherapy practice is characterised by reflective behaviour and systematic clinical reasoning, both contributing to and underpinning a problem-solving approach to patient-centred care.

Both becoming and being a physiotherapist is hard work but there is a rich and rewarding varienty of work available to qualified physiotherapists and the opportunities within the profession, both in the UK and internationally are considerable. "


Entry requirements:

To train as a Physiotherapist in the UK, you will need five GCSEs (or equivalent), and usually three A’ levels, including at least one science. You will normally need good to high grades. Alternatives to A levels are also considered, such as an approved access course, VCE and Scottish qualifications.

Training as a Physiotherapist involves a three or four year university-based course leading to a BSc in Physiotherapy.

Career prospects:

The term "Physiotherapist" is a Protected Title in the UK and any person claiming to be a Physiotherapist must be registered as such with the Health Professions Council (HPC). This means first obtaining either a BSc in Physiotherapy or an equivalent qualification from abroad. Full detials of HPC registration can be found at Health Professions Council

Newly qualified Physiotherapy staff generally seek employment in posts offering a broad spectrum of work, to build on their clinical training.

An experienced Physiotherapist may then go on to specialise in any one of a range of areas, such as orthopaedics, sports medicine or working with older people.

Alternatively, there is the option of going into research or a Physiotherapy teaching or Management role.

For further information:

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
14 Bedford Row
London
WC1R 4ED

Tel: 0207 306 6666
Fax: 0207 306 6611
E-mail: enquiries@csp.org.uk
Website: http://www.csp.org.uk/

Related Links

Health Professions Council - State registration for the Physiotherapist
NHS Agreement
Right To Work In The UK
Working through a Limited Company

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