Training to Be a Physiotherapist

Training to Be a Physiotherapist




The requirement for larger numbers of physiotherapists is greater now than it has been for some time. Physiotherapy has been shown to be useful in an increasing number of medical conditions with the emphasis being on the prescription of exercise. There is a very wide range of physiotherapy interventions which cover the complete range of specialties in medicine from pregnancy to care of the elderly, intensive care unit to trauma and from acute strokes to managing patients’ pain syndromes. The great scope of the profession permits practitioners to choose an area of specialty to concentrate on in their career.

The way we live now and the advances made in modern medicine have allowed the scope of physiotherapy to increase greatly and physiotherapists now work with obesity problems in adults and children, in cancer rehabilitation, in the rehabilitation of kidney dialysis patients and in both cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programmes. The increasing opportunities for physiotherapy intervention in health systems should be reflected in the large numbers of training places and need for jobs with training rotations with the possibility of later specialisation.

Physiotherapy students take three year degree physiotherapy courses which are all now based in centres of higher education such as universities. As the competition is strong to unprotected to places the educational requirements at A level are high. This is the most shared route of entry to physiotherapy courses in the UK, although there are a few fast-track M.Sc. courses taking two years for those applicants who have already completed a degree in a closely applicable area. They will have covered much of the basic science of physiology and exercise so must concentrate on getting the practice of physiotherapy correct, putting in the clinical hours and learning the techniques necessary.

the time of action of applying for physiotherapy courses is not solely related to the level of academic qualifications the applicant may possess, and success in applying may be enhanced by concentrating on several factors to enhance the presentation. Having been employed or volunteering in serving the public in some capacity is positive, already better if a health care formation is involved. The applicant should be able to show a number of logical choices in their activities and show creativity in what they have done as an individual.

Acquiring a job as an assistant in a physiotherapy department can be highly effective in obtaining a training place. Jobs are not abundant but they permit the person to get firsthand experience of the profession of physiotherapy and the advice and sustain of senior staff. The opportunity to get varied experience in working with a number of physiotherapists practising in different clinical areas method the applicant will have a rounded view of physiotherapy working areas. They will have increased confidence and a specialized attitude with this on their CV.

The application and any interview for the place need to be carefully done if they are to maximise the chances of being accepted. The university in this case is the customer and they will be looking for a rounded individual who has a clear view of where they want to go and can back it up with evidence of what they have already been doing. If there is no clear record of what the person has been doing which fits with the application then the short listing panel may well decide that the person is not committed to the time of training.

Most physiotherapists work in NHS hospitals with a wide variety of patients with illnesses, pain and disability and others work privately with musculoskeletal conditions. Only a very small number work with sports people and sports injuries and it is wise not to emphasise that in the application. Since 99% of more of physiotherapy is not related to sports at all, a concentration on the desire to pursue a career in sports physiotherapy might make a panel doubt a person’s commitment.

Typical physiotherapy courses concentrate on conditions occurring in the great majority of people, mostly elderly in health care systems, who have health problems, and any work on sports injuries will be uncommon. Junior physiotherapists go by a rotational scheme in their first two or three years so the ability to specialise in sports will take some time.




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