Physiotherapy assistant

Healthcare
Care

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What's it like?

You would support people who have physical problems and help them improve their ability to move.

You’d work with people who have mobility problems caused by injury, illness or a disability.

Your patients could range from very young children to older people. You’d help them to work through a therapy programme created by a physiotherapist.

You would:

  • Talk to patients and prepare them for therapy
  • Show patients how to use mobility aids
  • Demonstrate and work through exercises with them
  • Set up equipment
  • Keep records of patients' progress
  • Give reports to physiotherapists

You could also check and maintain equipment, do general administration and keep the department tidy.

You would usually be based at a hospital physiotherapy department, but could also work at private clinics.

You can see more about this role in the National Health Service on the Physiotherapy support worker page on the NHSScotland Careers website

Working conditions

Hours

You would usually work 37.5 hours, Monday to Friday. There may also be opportunities for part-time work.

Environment

This work can be physically demanding, as you would often have to help patients move and give them physical support.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Taking the lead
  • Caring for people
  • Communicating ideas through writing
  • Working on your own
  • Being physically fit

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but most employers value a good general education. Some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF level 4/5.

It helps to have some relevant experience, perhaps through voluntary work. Some employers require experience of working with the public. 

Useful subjects

  • English 
  • Maths
  • Science-based subjects such as human biology.
  • Care
  • Physical education
  • Health and food technology

You will also need

  • To be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland
  • To be able to swim, for some jobs
  • To be fit, as you may need to help lift patients and move equipment

Some employers require experience of working with the public.

Helpful to have

  • Relevant experience, perhaps through voluntary work. 
  • Qualifications that show understanding of health and fitness and experience helping others such as Skills for Work Health Sector (SCQF level 4/5) or a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Healthcare Support (SVQ level 2/3).

Once in work you may have the opportunity to gain a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) in Allied Health Professions: Physiotherapy Support.