How to become a Physiotherapist
- Price: £5.99
- Published: November 2015
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- What qualifications and skills are required?
- What are the key market issues and trends?
- What are the main trading issues?
- Further information
Physiotherapists are allied healthcare professionals who treat physical difficulties, pain and reduced mobility resulting from illness, injury, disability and ageing. Some focus on specialist services such as sports injury, post-surgery support and rehabilitation of patients who have suffered strokes. Physiotherapy is a regulated profession, and it is illegal to practise under the title physiotherapist without being registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Once registered, a physiotherapist with sufficient practical experience can complete further training and qualifications to become a supplementary prescriber.
Most physiotherapists operate in private practice, but some also undertake NHS contract work.
This profile provides information about starting up and practising as a physiotherapist. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.