Chartered physiotherapists provide essential healthcare services to people of all ages, assessing an individual’s ability to move and return to normal activities following an acute injury, illness or for someone living with a long term condition.
A successful physiotherapist needs excellent communication skills, along with a scientific background and a passionate interest in patient care and the promotion of good health.
The approach combines physical (therapeutic exercise) with a psychosocial approach to facilitate a return to functional independence and a normal lifestyle. Working in multidisciplinary teams and practising within a variety of settings, you will be helping people of all ages in a wide variety of settings, such as:
- intensive care
- mental health
- stroke units
- rehabilitation centres
- sports and leisure facilities
If you are an EU or non-EU (international) applicant, you should check with the professional registration body in your country to ensure that you will be eligible to practice there.
Areas of work
Supporting the rehabilitation of people who have suffered physical impairment due to accidents, operations, illnesses such as strokes, or who have long term conditions that affect their physical functions.
Using exercises and therapeutic treatments to help people recover their mobility and to speed up their rehabilitation.
Supporting people of all ages with physical disabilities, mental health needs, learning disabilities or those who are dying. Your aim is to help rehabilitate people and support them to achieve the best possible quality of life.
Community settings where physiotherapists work, include:
- GP surgeries
- community clinics
- people's homes
- specialist clinics
Private health, business and industry
Roles available outside NHS health settings, include:
- private clinics and hospitals
- commercial organisations
- the armed forces
- health clubs
- voluntary organisations
- working with people with physical and mental problems
As you gain experience, you may opt to specialise in certain medical conditions. There are many exciting opportunities for career advancement, further study or research, including further postgraduate study at St George’s.
Last Updated: Thursday, 08 October 2015 16:09