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Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists work with patients to improve their range of movement, and promote health and wellbeing.

Potential salary
£24,907 to £44,503
Working hours
35 to 40 a week
  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Examples of day-to-day tasks, you could do:

  • help patients with spine and joint problems
  • help patients recover from accidents, sports injuries and strokes
  • work with children who have mental or physical disabilities
  • help older people with physical problems become more mobile

You could work at a hospice, at a client's home, at a GP practice, at an adult care home, in an NHS or private hospital or at a fitness centre.

With experience you could become self-employed and set up your own practice.

In the NHS, you could progress to senior physiotherapist or move into health service management. You could also specialise in an area like orthopaedics, sports therapy, occupational health, or working with older people or children.

You could also move into research or teaching.

You can find out more about physiotherapy careers from Health Careers and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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