Whilst on work experience in Africa, aged 15, Megan saw a physiotherapist treat a patient who'd had a head injury; it was a turning point in her life. Now, as a physiotherapist herself at Addenbroookes hospital, Megan is making a real difference to peoples' lives. "The other day I had a patient who'd been in hospital since October last year, who hadn't walked at all, not even a single step, and then he walked last week. And the emotion was just incredible."
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionPhysiotherapists 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.
QualificationsEntry 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.
- 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.