What does a physiotherapist do?
Examples of day-to-day tasks may include:
- helping patients with spine and joint problems
- helping patients recovering from accidents, sports injuries and strokes
- working with children who have mental or physical disabilities
- helping older people with physical problems become more mobile
What do I need to do to become a physiotherapist?
You can get into physiotherapy through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can do a degree in physiotherapy approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
You may be able to do a two-year postgraduate course if you've got a degree in a relevant subject, like:
- biological science
- sports science
You'll usually need:
- two or three A levels, including a biological science for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You can do a physiotherapy degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- two to three A levels, preferably including biology, for a degree apprenticeship
You could work as a physiotherapy assistant and study part-time for a degree to qualify.
Volunteering and experience
You'll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in health or care work before you apply for a course.
You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for advice about opportunities.
Private physiotherapy clinics, nursing homes or sports clinics may also offer work placements.
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults.
You'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Where could I be working?
You could work at a hospice, at a client's home, at a GP practice, at an adult care home, in an NHS or private hospital or at a fitness centre.
With experience you could become self-employed and set up your own practice.
In the NHS, you could progress to senior physiotherapist or move into health service management. You could also specialise in an area like orthopaedics, sports therapy, occupational health, or working with older people or children.
You could also move into research or teaching.
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