Read on to find out more about what the role involves, what qualifications and qualities you will need, and where you might go with your career.
As a physiotherapist you will work with people on a daily basis, assessing and structuring treatment programmes for your patients. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team working to maximise movement and improve the health and wellbeing of your patients.
The most common qualification route is by way of a university degree (3 years full- time, 6 years part -time).
To get onto a physiotherapy degree course you usually need two or three A levels. These should include a biological science and/or PE, along with five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English language, maths and at least one science.
You may also be able to get onto a course with alternative qualifications, including:
BTEC, HND or HNC which includes biological science
science-based access course
equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications
a previous degree or a full practising qualification in a related area
Each institution sets its own entry requirements, so it’s important to check carefully.
The application process will comprise of assessment of both your academic qualifications and your personality suitability, which will usually be determined by interview.
Physios should be calm, caring individuals who are able to show empathy. You need to be able to communicate effectively and have an ability to motivate people. Prospective physios need to be happy to be hands-on with patients and need to be physically fit themselves as the work can be strenuous. Strong organisational skills are favoured, as is the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Once qualified you’ll also be encouraged to join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Here you’ll be able to continually update your skills and training, post-graduation.
As a physiotherapist, you could specialise in a particular area such as sports injuries, critical care, or work with the elderly, children or cancer patients. Teaching, research and management roles are other options.
Outside the NHS, you could work with sports teams, gyms, be based in a clinic or open your own practice.
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