A graduate in Physiotherapy typically will:
- work with patients to identify the physical problem;
- develop and review treatment programmes;
- assist patients with joint and spinal problems, especially following surgery;
- help patients' rehabilitation following accidents, injury and strokes;
- supervise physiotherapy assistants;
- write patient case notes and reports;
- collect patient statistics;
- educate and advise patients and their carers about how to prevent and/or improve conditions;
- keep up to date with new techniques and technologies available for treating patients;
- liaise with other healthcare personnel to supply and receive relevant information about the background and progress of patients, as well as refer patients who require other specific medical attention
The prospects website also gives information on entry requirements including academic, personal skills, and work experience for graduates from other disciplines wishing to train for this profession. Graduates will often find work as chiropractors, dance movement therapists, osteopaths and sports coaches as well as other related roles.
This is becoming an increasingly popular option for physiotherapists. Physiotherapists find clients from the private sector, via nursing homes, and private hospitals such as BUPA and charities such as stroke rehabilitation organisations and insurance companies as well as private clients. It is however one which needs careful consideration as it can be difficult to access immediately on graduation. It is worth considering building up private practice gradually whilst perhaps working for the NHS at the same time.
See Finding and Applying for jobs in Physiotherapy for more information.