Physiotherapists help patients with physical difficulties by improving their mobility after an injury or operation, or as a result of ageing or a disability and reduce the risk of further problems arising in the future.
What does a Physiotherapist do?
Physiotherapists work with a range of different people on a daily basis, recommending exercise, performing massage, or using high-tech techniques such as ultrasound or hydrotherapy pools, depending on the patients’ needs.
Once a patient has been diagnosed, physiotherapists work with them to establish a treatment plan. They also promote good health and advise people on how to avoid injury.
Physiotherapists can work alone, or as part of a team, and will work in a range of different places and environments, either in all areas of NHS hospitals or in the local community. Physiotherapists can be based in health centres, day centres, nursing homes, schools or perform home visits.
What qualifications do Physiotherapists need?
Physiotherapist jobs require a degree in physiotherapy. Once you’ve successfully completed your degree, you’ll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) before you can start practising.
Physiotherapist Working Hours
An NHS Physiotherapist’s standard working week will be around 37.5 hours and may include a mix of shifts, such as nights, early starts, evenings and weekends.
Some of the skills a physiotherapist will need:
- a good communicator who can explain conditions and treatments easily to clients.
- caring and calm nature
- strong organisational and planning skills
- teamwork skills to collaborate with other healthcare professionals
- the ability to motivate others
- the ability to work under pressure