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.
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.
- 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, OpenOffice.org
- 66,368 physiotherapists are employed in the UK.
- New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
- 9 to 5
- In the Field
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Route to Employment
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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