If you are interested in helping people and want to help them improve their physical health, this career could interest you. Physiotherapists work with patients to improve their range of physical movement. To become a qualified physiotherapist you will have to take a physiotherapy degree at university. You will need to be interested in human biology, be patient and be good with people.
As a physiotherapist your work could include:
- Helping people gain more movement after an operation or injury
- Helping older people become more mobile and move about more easily
- Work with children with disabilities
You could work in various areas and departments. Physiotherapists use various treatments and techniques including:
- Massage and physical manipulation.
You would need to keep accurate records of patient’s treatment and work closely with other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, social workers.
You could work either in the NHS, for a local council or work privately treating patients.
You could work around 37 hours a week but in private practice you would choose the hours you worked and could be longer and seeing patients at weekends and in the evening.
Wages are from around £21000 a year to £27000 a year with higher wages for team leaders and more senior staff
To become a physiotherapist you would need a university degree in physiotherapy. Universities can set their own entry requirements some asking for very high A level grades. Others will accept BTEC level 3 in subjects such as Applied Science plus BTEC Sport at high grades. Some experience of a health related setting is required before applying to university.
Sometimes physiotherapy assistant posts are advertised on NHS jobs, with apprenticeships advertised on the National Apprenticeship website. However to be a fully qualified physiotherapist you will need the university degree.
Skills and qualities
You will need to have:
- real interest in how the body works, human biology and health science a genuine concern for the health and wellbeing of patients
- excellent communication skills
- good teamwork skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- good interpersonal skills
- patience and sensitivity
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