Physiotherapists use a variety of physical techniques and therapies in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients who are suffering from illnesses and/or injuries. You will devise and review treatment programmes using manual therapy (such as massage), therapeutic exercise and electrotherapy.
As well as treating patients, you’ll also promote their health and wellbeing and provide advice on how to avoid injury and self-manage long-term conditions.
Employers of physiotherapists
- Private/sports clinics
- Nursing homes
- Community centres
- Industrial organisations
- Special schools
- work with patients who have a range of conditions, including neurological, neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory, sometimes over a period of weeks;
- diagnose, assess and treat their physical problem/condition;
- develop and review treatment programmes that encourage exercise and movement by the use of a range of techniques;
- involve parents and carers in the treatment, review and rehabilitation of patients;
- educate patients and their carers about how to prevent and/or improve conditions;
- write patient case notes and reports and collect statistics;
- liaise with other healthcare professionals, such as GPs, occupational therapists and social workers, to exchange information about the background and progress of patients, as well as to refer patients who require other medical attention;
- keep up to date with new techniques and technologies available for treating patients;
- supervise student and junior physiotherapists and physiotherapy support workers;
- be legally responsible and accountable;
- be caring, compassionate and professional at all times;
- manage clinical risk.
To qualify as a registered physiotherapist you will need an approved physiotherapy degree and be registered with a regulating body.
- excellent communication skills;
- interpersonal skills to establish a rapport with patients and their families;
- team work skills to collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and social workers;
- problem-solving ability;
- tolerance, patience, sensitivity and tact;
- organizational and administrative skills;
- a firm but encouraging and empathetic attitude;
- a genuine concern for the well-being and health of patients;
- a real interest in anatomy and physiology;
- the ability to work under pressure and manage your time effectively.