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Physiotherapist

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Physiotherapists help and treat patients with physical problems caused by illness, injury, age or disability. They use movement, exercise and technology to help maximise patients’ movements, and improve their health or independence.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates can vary depending on whether you are working with the NHS, with a private practice, or are self-employed.

Within the NHS Agenda for Change scales physiotherapists' salaries are on Band 5, £24,670 to £30,742 a year. Specialist physiotherapists are on Band 6, £30,401 to £38,046 a year. Advanced physiotherapy practitioners are paid on Band 7, £37,570 to £44,688 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2019.

Salaries outwith the NHS can range from £22,000 a year for an assistant physiotherapist, rising to around £38,000 with experience.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Entry to physiotherapy is competitive.

Most physiotherapists work in the NHS. There are also jobs in industry, in sports, in private practice and in the armed services.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
7115
1.8 %
RISE
2024
7244
  United Kingdom
2019
48149
2.1 %
RISE
2024
49158

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
Tel: 020 7306 6666
Website: http://www.csp.org.uk/
Twitter: @thecsp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charteredphysios

Disclosure Scotland
Tel: 03000 2000 40
E-mail: info@disclosurescotland.gov.uk
Website: https://www.mygov.scot/organisations/disclosure-scotland/
Twitter: @DisclosureScot

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Dramatherapist; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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