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What are physiotherapists?

Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.

They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.

The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them remain independent for as long as possible(CSP).


Areas you might cover

Clinical specialties that physiotherapists cover are widespread. You could be based in an acute fast paced hospital setting, a community rehabilitation hospital, within small clinics, or in patients homes in the community.

The clinical specialty will dictate where you work. Examples of clinical specialties are intensive care and respiratory, orthopaedics, general medical, paediatrics, musculoskeletal outpatients, hand therapy, neurological physiotherapy, amputee rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, general surgery, oncology and many more.

Who you might work with?

You get the opportunity to work with the multidisciplinary team. This could include medical staff, nursing staff, OT’s, SALT’s, the pain team and many other professionals

Entry requirements and training

To become a physiotherapist, you need to complete a physiotherapy degree.  This normally takes three years, but if you already have a relevant degree, it is sometimes possible to do an accelerated MSc degree lasting two years.

The HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) have created physiotherapy ‘apprenticeships’, which are more ‘on the job’ training. The apprenticeship takes four years to complete.

Pay, working hours and conditions

Physiotherapists generally work Monday to Friday, though, dependent on which speciality you work in, weekend working and overnight on call cover may also be required.

What career opportunities do we offer locally?

These will vary across Frimley Health and Care organisations. Within Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, at Heatherwood Hospital and Wexham Park Hospital there is a broad spectrum of rotations in most specialties at a junior level. As a junior physiotherapist you are offered supervision, senior mentorship, departmental IST, two different sites and relevant work experience.

Following Band 5 rotations there are opportunities to progress at a senior level to continue to rotate around different specialties in both inpatients and outpatients services or apply for static roles.

Following on from the Band 5 rotations at Frimley Park Hospital, there are opportunities to progress to a variety of senior roles in either inpatient or outpatient settings.  This can be to either a rotational post to continue to gain experience over a variety of specialities, or to a static post in an area which particularly interests the apprentice.