Physiotherapy Technical Instructor
Addenbrookes Hospital

Physiotherapy Technical Instructor
Addenbrookes Hospital

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Sarah C

00:00:01 My name’s Sarah C, I’m a Physiotherapy Technical Instructor. A Physical Therapy Instructor is basically an unqualified Physiotherapist. I work under the supervision of a Physiotherapist. I work on the Trauma and Orthopaedic ward so I see so many different things – from people who have fallen off their bike, slipped on a mushroom in Tescos, to being in a nasty car accident. I would try to get them up, back on their feet, as soon as possible, and back home with any kind of walking aid we have available.

00:00:33 (LAUGHS) Do you want the honest answer? At school I was interested in PE, and I did get my qualifications, they could have been a lot better. I could have listened a bit more. I left school at sixteen, and my plan was to go in the RAF. I thought about the RAF because I went to Air Cadets from the age of thirteen. Every weekend I was busy doing something – canoeing, netball – there was always something for me. I left school, started to work as a Health Care Assistant, before I applied to go into the RAF. And then I met my husband now, my whole career changed really, my plans changed.

00:01:19 I was heading in the nursing direction, I did want to be a nurse. I was a Health Care Assistant for the mentally and physically handicapped, and then I moved on to elderly care, and then I saw the advert for a Physiotherapy assistant. I didn’t realise there was a Physiotherapy Assistant, I thought you was a Physio or you wasn’t. And applied for the job and here I am now. I’ve actually been working on the ward for six years as a Physiotherapy Assistant, and then I was promoted in April this year. My promotion made me feel that actually all the hard work I’ve put in over the last five years has been worthwhile.

00:01:58 I’m quite happy as I am. I never expected to become a – into Physiotherapy. I considered going to do a University degree to become a Physiotherapist, but I don’t fancy going off to University for four years. Yeah, at the moment I’m happy as I am. If ever I feel the need, I could go and train to be a Physiotherapist.

00:02:21 I think personally you have to enjoy the job you do because you do it for so many years you’ve got to be happy in your work. I wouldn’t cope if I was doing a desk job, I’d ask for a move somewhere else. I love helping people and getting them back on their feet, and it’s really interesting.

00:02:40 ENDS


Keen on sport and the cadets when at school, Sarah thought a career in the RAF was for her. Plans changed when she met her husband and she followed a route into nursing. At the start of her medical career Sarah hadn't even heard of the role of Physiotherapy Technical Instructor but 6 years in, and with a promotion under her belt, she has even considered a degree in physiotherapy.

More information about Physiotherapists

average salary

The UK average salary is £28,758

average weekly hours

There are 37.5 hours in the average working week

83%  female 
17%  male 

The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

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? 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.
  • 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.
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