Physiotherapy support workers help physiotherapists treat patients with physical problems caused by illness, injury, age or disability. Physiotherapists use movement, exercise and technology to help maximise patients’ movements.
You could be:
getting equipment ready for use in treatments and tidying up afterwards
looking after patients when they arrive
helping patients to dress and undress
helping patients with their exercises
monitoring patients during exercise programmes
showing patients how to use mobility aids
organising clinics, dealing with phone enquiries and carrying out clerical duties
updating patient records, and marking their progress
working with other health care professionals, such as occupational therapists and nurses.
You might specialise working in one area, for example working with children.
Pay rates can vary depending on whether you are working with the NHS, with a private practice, or are self-employed. Within the National Health Service Agenda for Change scales physiotherapy support workers are paid on Band 3, £25,468 to £27,486 a year.
Assistant practitioner physiotherapy support workers are on Band 4, £27,598 to £30,019 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2023.
You would usually work in treatment units or wards in hospitals.
You could also work in a health centre.
Hours are normally regular, but you may sometimes do weekend or evening work.