Physiotherapists help people with physical difficulties resulting from injury, disability, age or illness. They will work with patients using various techniques including massage, exercise, hydrotherapy and will advise patients on exercises and other treatments that they can manage themselves.
You’ll need a physiotherapy degree or postgraduate award approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Relevant paid or voluntary experience may help you to get on a course. Health Careers, Do-it and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) have more information about getting work experience.
You could also gain experience through an apprenticeship.
If you're a physiotherapy assistant, you may be able to take a part-time degree in physiotherapy while you're working. CSP and HCPC have details of course providers.
You'll also need an enhanced background check which your employer will arrange for you.
If you've already got a relevant degree in biological science, psychology or sports science, you may be able to take a CSP approved fast-track postgraduate course.
Career Path and Progression
You may find it useful to become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
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.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Fitness instructor
- Massage therapist
- Physiotherapy assistant
- Sports physiotherapist
- Patience, empathy and understanding
- Effective communication skills and the ability to be firm yet encouraging
- Good problem solving abilities
- Physical strength and stamina
- A strong interest in the anatomy and a genuine concern for the health and well being of others
£22,000 to £41,000