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Working with patients, physiotherapists deal with physical problems resulting from accidents, illness and ageing. Physiotherapists are trained to use a variety of treatments to improve the functioning of the muscles, bones, heart, circulation and lungs, including:

  • Manipulation
  • Massage
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Electrotherapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture
  • Hydrotherapy

Physiotherapists need to study for a physiotherapy degree approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC). Degree courses typically take three or four years to complete. Subjects studied will include:

  • Orthopaedics (spinal conditions)
  • Trauma
  • Rheumatology
  • Paediatrics
  • Burns
  • Plastic surgery

There will also be extensive study of techniques such as massage and manipulation, the use of electrical treatments like ultrasound and infrared radiation, exercise therapy, and hydrotherapy. All courses will include an extensive practical element, involving placements in a clinical setting, where students will work alongside qualified and experienced practitioners.

If you are already working as a physiotherapy assistant it may be possible to take a part-time degree whilst remaining in employment. Alternatively, for those who already hold a first class or upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline, (biological science, psychology, sports science), may be eligible for acceptance into an accelerated postgraduate programme.

After qualification, it will be necessary to maintain, develop and enhance your skills by undertaking Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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