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Helping you find a career in the Physiotherapy industry

People go to a physiotherapist when they have problems with their joints or muscles. This could be because of an injury, aging or a disability. Members of the physiotherapy industry work to help these people with their physical issues, so it’s a very rewarding job.

Physiotherapists tend to require a degree before entering the field, but there are plenty of positions for those without degrees. If you’ve got your A-levels, then you could become an assistant, helping prepare patients for treatment, keeping reports up to date, demonstrating exercises for patients or setting up equipment.

If you’ve got your degree but don’t fancy being a physiotherapist, you could also become a personal trainer or work in something like acupuncture.

There are a diverse range of settings you could work in in the physiotherapy industry. You might want to get a job with the NHS or perhaps work at a private practice.

Most roles typically involve working from 9am - 5pm, although some clinics may operate at different hours, so bear that in mind.


How to get Physiotherapy internships, work experience or placements
You’ll want to call up or email local physiotherapist practices and see if you can shadow or assist their team. This will give you valuable experience as well as giving you insight into the industry.

Sometimes summer internships and work experience programmes will be detailed on their websites, so you should identify a range of practices which pique your interest and look at what they offer. These can last between 4-12 weeks.

There are several qualifications you can get as well that will give you the skills and experience you need. In 2018, a work-based degree was launched by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) which will allow those who don’t want to attend university a chance to enter the industry while still getting the experience.
Skills & interests you'll need
Physiotherapy is all about helping people with their health and physical fitness, so you’ll need to be interested in both of those things. A qualification in biology or PE is a good starting point.

The practice of physiotherapy is developing all the time as new techniques and technology are developed, so it is important to keep up to date on the latest changes, especially if you want to be a physiotherapist.

If you’re working in a clinic or hospital, you’ll often be part of a team, so it’s essential that you’re a strong communicator and listener.

You’ll also be working with patients, so a personable and friendly attitude is crucial. If you’re working with people with disabilities, it may be quite painful and difficult, so patience is also important.
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