If you’re interested in helping people and alleviating pains caused by injuries, then a career as a physiotherapist could be waiting for you.
Physiotherapy assistants help to rehabilitate people who have suffered physical problems caused by injury. They can be found working in a range of settings within the local community. This includes health centres, nursing homes, day centres, schools, private clinics and voluntary organisations and charities. In some cases, physiotherapy assistants can treat patients in their own homes too.
Their work is not only limited with physiotherapists. Other professionals that work with physiotherapy assistants include occupational therapists, orthopaedic surgeons, prosthetics and nurses.
Physiotherapy assistants work and help people that have illnesses and disabilities, so a caring and supportive nature is incredibly important in this career. You will be expected to encourage patients to complete their treatment and you will need to be sensitive and tolerant in the most testing times.
Working alongside professionals, physiotherapy assistants have key tasks such as
As there is some level of administration involved within this line of work, physiotherapy assistants are expected to have good organisational and communication skills. They should also be able to explain treatments to patients clearly.
Other traits and characteristics that would suit this role includes:
Although there are no set entry requirements for this job, employers will expect you to have good numeracy and literacy. Some may require you to have good GCSE’s in English, Maths and Science. Relevant work experience can prove to be very helpful such as working within the health and social care sector or having shown experience within a personal care role.
You should also show some understanding in areas such as anatomy, massage and physiology.
There are colleges that offer BTECs, NVQs and even Diplomas in Health and Social Care, which can help improve your chances of finding a job. There is also the option of an Apprenticeship, which can provide you with the experience you need to apply for physiotherapy assistant and other clinical support roles.
Training is on the job and you may be encouraged to work towards higher qualifications, which involve picking options relevant to your work duties.
With the right qualifications and experience there is room for progression and you could be working as a senior physiotherapy support worker or a team leader supervising the work of other physiotherapy assistants. With the right qualifications needed for entry to university, you could study and train to become a qualified physiotherapist.
If you can see yourself lending a helping hand to patients and feel that a physiotherapy assistant could be the ideal job for you, Training and Courses offer a number of courses to get your new career started.