Physiotherapists help patients with physical difficulties resulting from illness, injury, disability or ageing. Patients can include children, the elderly, stroke patients and people with sports injuries. Working with patients, you'll identify and improve their movement and function. You'll promote their health and well-being, and assist the rehabilitation process by developing and restoring body systems, in particular the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

As well as devising and reviewing treatment programmes comprising manual therapy, movement, therapeutic exercise and the application of technological equipment such as ultrasound, you'll also provide advice on how to avoid injury and self-manage long-term conditions.

Day-to-Day Activities

You work as part of a team of healthcare professional, including, doctors  and nurses. Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • talking to patients to assess their difficulties and to reassure them
  • discussing treatments with colleagues and patients
  • planning and preparing the individually designed programs of physical treatment
  • using exercise, hydrotherapy (using water), electrotherapy, massage and manipulation to treat patients
  • using equipment to help with treatment
  • encouraging patients to try movements which may be difficult for them
  • giving patients an exercise programme to follow at home
  • giving advice on how to prevent damage to the body, or reduce its effects
  • writing reports and recording work done and progress made by patients.

Technology Skills

  • Electronic mail software: e.g. Google Gmail, Linux-based email software, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo! Email
  • Medical software: e.g. Clinicient Insight, MEDITECH software, Rehab Documentation Company ReDoc Suite
  • Office suite software: e.g. Apple iWork, Corel Office Suite, Google Drive, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office,

Employment Prospects

  • 66,368 physiotherapists are employed in the UK.
  • New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

Working Environment

  • 9 to 5
  • Freelance
  • Hospital
  • In the Field
  • Part-Time
  • People

Time - Average of 39 hours per week.

Compare with the paid time worked by full-time employees in the UK.

Pay - Average of £680 per week.

Compare with the pay, excluding overtime, for full-time employees across the UK.


Route to Employment

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Other Information

You must have a degree in physiotherapy approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for this role. You may be able to do a 2-year postgraduate course if you've got a degree in a relevant subject like: biological science, psychology or sports science. You'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council if you want to work in the NHS. You'll need to pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults.

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Skills Needed

Skills Key:

  • Oral Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Critical Thinking
  • Written Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Negotiation & Persuasion

Interests Needed

Interests Key:

  • Social
  • Investigative
  • Realistic

Knowledge Needed

Knowledge Key:

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counselling
  • Biology
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Administration and Management

Abilities Needed

Abilities Key:

  • Oral Expression
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Written Comprehension
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Speech Clarity
  • Speech Recognition

Work Styles Needed

Work Styles Key:

  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Social Orientation
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Adaptability & Flexibility
  • Cooperation

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