Physiotherapist - The Job role
What is a Physiotherapist?
A Physiotherapist is a healthcare professional who specialises in improving people’s movement to maximise their health and mobility through health promotion, preventive healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation.
The job role of a Physiotherapist
Physiotherapy is a hands-on profession that involves interaction with a broad range of clients including all backgrounds and ages. The job role of a Physiotherapist is to help and treat people with physical problems caused by injury, accident, surgery or ageing. In a Physiotherapist job role you will work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, private clinics, nursing homes, hospices, patient’s homes, special schools, leisure and sport.
Working as a Physiotherapist
Some Physiotherapists will work independently while others may work in integrated health practices.Physical Fitness plays an important part of Physiotherapy. Most physiotherapy practices will have hydrotherapy options and special gym to ensure users receive the best kind of specialised equipment available for their health care needs.
The following are just a few of the areas included within the job role of a physiotherapist:
- intensive care
- womens health
- care of the elderly
- stroke patients
- mental illness
- learning difficulties
- occupational health
- terminally ill
As a Physiotherapist you will need to have a team oriented approach in any setting and a friendly personality to build up a good rapport and put patients at ease. Physiotherapists require patience and compassion as it may take some time for patients to make progress. Physiotherapists also need to be level-headed, practical and have good communication skills as they usually work alongside relatives and other health care professionals such as Carers, Occupational Therapists, GP’s, District Nurses and Support Workers.
How do I become a Physiotherapist?
To become a Physiotherapist, you will need five GCSEs (or equivalent), and usually three A’ levels including at least one science. Training to be a Physiotherapist consists of a three or four year University course which leads to a BSc in Physiotherapy.
After you have completed the Physiotherapy course you be eligible to apply for Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and apply for registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC) - a license to practice within the NHS.
Applications for degree programmes are administered by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All the other information you will require is well provided by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and by the Health Professions Council (HPC).
Castlerock Allied Health is a national allied healthcare recruitment agency specialising in Physiotherapy jobs within private, NHS, Military and MoD sectors. Castlerock Allied Health staff are trained in recruitment for allied healthcare, and have successfully worked with many Physiotherapists to find the right Physiotherapy job for them.