Ageing workforce, people living longer – increased demand for Physiotherapists
Due to mechanisation and sedentary lifestyles more and more people face common musculo- skeletal problems which include common issues such as backache, stiff neck, frozen shoulder, knee pain and osteoarthritis amongst others. The role of the Physiotherapist is to help to minimise the pain and discomfort, thus physiotherapy can be considered a health profession which is concerned with maximisation of mobility and quality of life by implementing clinical reasoning.
A Physiotherapist has a vast range of career options to choose from and may work in:
- outpatients' departments
- intensive care
- elderly care
- stroke services
- mental health and learning disability services
- ccupational health
More and more Physiotherapists are working in the community as an increased number are employed by GPs. As soon as a Physiotherapist has sufficient experience they may specialise in orthopaedics, obstetrics or older people.
To become a Sports Physiotherapist you will need a first degree and a postgraduate master’s degree in sports physiotherapy, and some work experience as a Physiotherapist. As a sports Physiotherapist, you could work with top professional sports people, amateurs or people who do sports as a leisure activity. Work would include:
examining and diagnosing injuries
planning treatment programmes
using methods such as manipulation, massage, heat treatment, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy
Salaries for Physiotherapists in the NHS are between £21,692 and £28,180 a year. Specialist Physiotherapists can earn up to £35,000 a year. This can rise to around £41,000 as an advanced Physiotherapist or team manager.
Principal Physiotherapists (consultants) earn considerably more. Extra allowances are payable in the London area, where there may also be assistance towards the costs of accommodation. Salaries in the private sector may vary from those in the NHS.
Employers of Physiotherapists include:
- Private sports clinics
- Private Hospitals
- Nursing homes
- Community centres
- Industrial organisations
- Special schools
Training and development
Once you are working as a qualified Physiotherapist, you will be encouraged to expand your knowledge and skills. You can do this by attending workshops and taking specific training courses as part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Physiotherapy offers many different and flexible employment options depending on experience such as:
Physiotherapist to a national sporting team
physiotherapy lecturer in a university
researcher for a patient charity such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society
consultant Physiotherapist in musculoskeletal services
Physiotherapist running their own private practice
Physiotherapy Services Manager.
For further information contact:
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
14 Bedford Row
Tel: 0207 306 6666
Fax: 0207 306 6611