Physiotherapists plan and apply massage, promote and encourage movement and exercise, use hydrotherapy, electro-therapy and other technological equipment in the treatment of a wide range of injuries, diseases and disabilities in order to assist rehabilitation by developing and restoring body systems.
- Examines medical reports and assesses patient to determine the condition of muscles, nerves or joints in need of treatment
- Writes up patients’ case notes and reports, maintains their records and manages caseload
- Plans and undertakes therapy to improve circulation, restore joint mobility, strengthen muscles and reduce pain
- Explains treatment to and instructs patient in posture and other exercises and adapts treatment as necessary
- Offers advice and education on how to avoid injury and promote patient’s future health and well-being
- Supervises physiotherapy assistants
- Monitors patient’s progress and liaises with others concerned with the treatment and rehabilitation of patient, and refers patients requiring other specific medical attention.
Entry is most common with GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades followed by up to four years training on an approved degree scheme necessary for state registration as a physiotherapist. Some science and other graduates are eligible for accelerated two-year pre-registration MSc degree programmes in Physiotherapy or Rehabilitation Science. Candidates must pass a medical examination.
What could I earn?
Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £32,000 per annum and can progress up to £44,000 per annum.
Is it in growth or decline?
There are currently 6,724 employed Physiotherapists in the region.