Physiotherapists plan and apply massage, promote and encourage movement and exercise, use hydrotherapy, electro-therapy and other technological equipment in the treatment of a wide range of injuries, diseases and disabilities in order to assist rehabilitation by developing and restoring body systems.
Entry is most common with GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades followed by up to four years training on an approved degree scheme necessary for state registration as a physiotherapist. Some science and other graduates are eligible for accelerated two-year pre-registration MSc degree programmes in Physiotherapy or Rehabilitation Science. Candidates must pass a medical examination.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details
The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 2
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 4.1
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details
- examines medical reports and assesses patient to determine the condition of muscles, nerves or joints in need of treatment;
- writes up patients? case notes and reports, maintains their records and manages caseload;
- plans and undertakes therapy to improve circulation, restore joint mobility, strengthen muscles and reduce pain;
- explains treatment to and instructs patient in posture and other exercises and adapts treatment as necessary;
- offers advice and education on how to avoid injury and promote patient?s future health and well-being;
- supervises physiotherapy assistants;
- monitors patient?s progress and liaises with others concerned with the treatment and rehabilitation of patient, and refers patients requiring other specific medical attention.