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 or illness, or for someone living with a long term condition.
Good physiotherapists need excellent communication skills, along with a scientific background, 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, 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
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. Their 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 of 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
Last Updated: Thursday, 08 October 2015 16:46