What does a physiotherapist do? | |
Physiotherapists work with a variety of patients including physically disabled children, pre/post natal women, sportsmen and women, industrial employees, hospital in and out patients and people within the community.
Tasks can include:
- helping patients recover from accident, illness or injury
- organising physical exercise sessions
- providing massages
- supervising specialist therapies such as hydrotherapy, electrotherapy and aromatherapy
- collecting statistics
Relevant experience gained via voluntary work, placements or through employment as a physiotherapy assistant is very beneficial. Jobs are advertised in national newspapers and specialist publications such as Frontline, Physiotherapy Journal and their respective websites.
To qualify as a state registered physiotherapist you will need an NHS approved physiotherapy degree and registered membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
For non-physiotherapy graduates a degree in life or sports sciences can be helpful as there is strong competition for course places.
- Good time management
- The ability to build a rapport with patients from a variety of backgrounds and communicate with their relatives and carers
- Tolerance and patience
- Good physical health and fitness
- Interpersonal skills