Physiotherapist

Average Salary: £27,000 - £32,000
Competition: MID-HIGH
Years Experience: 2-5 years

Job Summary

Painkillers are amazing for instant relief. But for long-term solutions to pain from injuries, illness, disabilities or ageing, you may need to see a Physiotherapist. Physiotherapists use a wide range of proven physical techniques and therapies to help patients with physical difficulties. All so that you can use those killer dance moves, pain-free!

Duties

Physiotherapists work their magic on neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and even respiratory systems. They can work in hospitals, professional sport clubs and the armed services of which they’ll usually have the following job responsibilities:

  • Discussing patients’ physical difficulties and determining a suitable treatment plan
  • Using treatments such as massage therapy, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy and various exercises
  • Advising patients of how they can prevent damage to the body and improve conditions
  • Writing patient case notes and reports on the work done and progress made
  • Working with other healthcare professionals to refer patients for specialised treatment or exchanging knowledge
  • Keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in the profession

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Physiotherapist should:

  • Have excellent written, verbal and listening skills
  • Show strong interpersonal skills being able to build a rapport and trust with patients
  • Have a genuine concern for an individual’s well-being whilst being empathetic
  • Be able to problem solve effectively
  • Possess good time management and organisation skills

Entry Routes

This is not a scenario of which you watch a few YouTube clips and then boom, you’re a Physiotherapist. Anything but! To become a Physiotherapist, you must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). This involves completing either an undergraduate or accelerated postgraduate degree in Physiotherapy. Of course, approved by the HCPC.

Relevant experience can make such a big difference to your prospects when applying for jobs. From volunteering to paid work placements. An ideal work experience would be shadowing a Physiotherapist or a similar position within a care setting.

Job Progression

Junior Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist

Senior Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist Team Manager

Consultant Physiotherapist

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • New People – You get to meet new people all the time, which is a joy
  • Rewarding – It’s amazing being able to help someone in difficulty
  • Variety – Everyday is different, whether it be the patient’s condition or the treatment

The Bad

  • Attachment – It’s a career that you can easily get emotionally attached, which can be depressing when things don’t work out as planned
  • High Stress – You’re under intense pressure to always deliver when being responsible for people’s health
  • Difficult Patients – It can be frustrating when patients don’t listen to your advice and their condition worsens