Physiotherapy Technical Instructor
Addenbrookes Hospital

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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.

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£35,360
average salary
39
average weekly hours
81%  female  19%  male 

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Description

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.

Qualifications

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.

Tasks

  • 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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Sarah C 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. (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. 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. 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. 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. ENDS  

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