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. Physiotherapists need excellent communication skills, along with a scientific background, a passionate interest in patient care and the promotion of good health.

A physiotherapy student in training

The approach combines a person-centred physical (therapeutic exercise and activity) and psychosocial approach to facilitate return to functional independence. Physiotherapists work in multidisciplinary teams 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
  • community settings

Successful completion of this course will mean you can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Hospital settings

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.

Community settings

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
  • hospices

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
  • research

Visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website


Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:37