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Physiotherapy. Is it the career for you!!. Trish Acton MSc MCSP. My Pathway. Qualified in 1988 Junior rotations at Stoke Mandeville Worked in Canada Musgrove Park Taunton OPD Gym Private Practice – sports academies MSc Sports Injury and Management Lecturer Currently

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Is it the career for you!!

Trish Acton MSc MCSP

my pathway
My Pathway
  • Qualified in 1988
  • Junior rotations at Stoke Mandeville
  • Worked in Canada
  • Musgrove Park Taunton OPD Gym
  • Private Practice – sports academies
  • MSc Sports Injury and Management
  • Lecturer
  • Currently
  • Consultant UKA and EIS
  • Deputy Trust and Extended Scope physiotherapist
what is physiotherapy
What is Physiotherapy?
  • Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession with a science foundation.  The range of work is very broad and varied and involves working with people to:
  • promote their own health and well being
  • help restore their movement and function to as near normal as possible when this has been affected by injury, illness or by developmental or other disability
physiotherapists work covers
Physiotherapists' work covers
  • health promotion,
  • preventative healthcare,
  • treatment and rehabilitation,
  • The core skills of chartered physiotherapists include
  • manual therapy,
  • therapeutic exercise
  • electro physical modalities
where do we work
Where do we work
  • Outpatients clinics
  • Patients in hospital
  • Schools
  • Workplaces & Industry
  • Sports and Community
  • Women's health
  • Elderly care
  • Stroke patients
  • Orthopaedics
  • Mental illness
  • People with learning difficulties
  • Terminally ill
  • Private practice
  • Private organisations - EIS
mature students
Mature students
  • Physiotherapy is a profession, which is open to the older student. 
  • At present, approximately 46% of all UK Physiotherapy students are over 21 when they begin training.
  • Before you can be accepted on to a physiotherapy programme, you will need to show evidence of successful recent academic study, which should be science related.
  • In England and Wales, funding is via a NHS Means-Tested Bursary.
  • An application for a bursary is normally made through the relevant university physiotherapy department on your behalf once you have been offered a place.
  • Students who are awarded bursaries also get their course fees paid and are eligible to apply for a student loan.
csp hpc
  • The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 47,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. 
  • The Health Professions Council (HPC) is an independent, UK-wide health regulator, which set standards of profession training, performance and conduct for 13 health professions including physiotherapy.  For more information on the HPC visit -
masters accelerated programmes
Masters / accelerated programmes
  • 14 programmes 2 year Msc
  • Apply directly to schools
  • Available on CSP website
  • Full time academic course very intensive
first year
First year
  • Professional practice and graduate skills (including research methods)Normal movementHealth and social carePatient management in cardio- respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological care.
second year
Second year
  • The Autonomous PractitionerCritical ThinkingEvidence Based PracticePatient management.
  • 6 clinical placements spread over first and second years
universities looking for
Universities looking for
  • commitment to physiotherapy
  • work experience or shadowing.
  • applicants have a clear and realistic idea of the work of a physiotherapist so that they are able to make an informed choice of career.
  • independent learners with other research and life skills that they can bring to this intensive accelerated programme.
  • interviewed prior to acceptance on to the programme.
job crisis why
Job Crisis – Why!
  • In February 2001, of the Government announced a planned increase in the number physiotherapists in the NHS in England of 59% by 2009.
  • At least 9,200 new physiotherapists in England between 2000 and 2009.
  • This planned expansion of the NHS workforce was backed by the substantial increase in overall NHS expenditure over the same period.
  • 2,240 physiotherapists graduated in 2006. In July, over 90% of them were still looking for their first job.
  • In December 68 per cent of physiotherapists who graduated from qualifying programmes in England in 2006 were still without their first NHS junior physiotherapy job
  • No turnover in staff
  • Currently have 6 qualified physios working as assistants
advantages of working in nhs
Advantages of Working in NHS
  • 2 years of rotations
  • Specialise in one field
  • Clinical physio consultants – up to £50,000
  • Part time – combined with private practice
  • Flexible – unpaid leave to work with squads
  • Secure! and benefits
specialise in sport
Specialise in sport
  • Professional approach
  • Sports science qualification
  • ACPSM registered
  • BOA registered
  • Weekends
  • Trips away
  • Sounds glamorous!!!
sports career
Sports career!
  • Local clubs – get experience
  • Junior squads – alongside physio
  • A.C.P.S.M
  • Junior rotations
  • Specialise in OPD
sports consultancy
Sports Consultancy
  • Preventative Screening
  • Multidip approach
  • Change technique training programme
  • Crisis management
  • Communication
  • Confidentiality