What does a physiotherapist do?

Job title: Physiotherapist

Where you’ll meet them

Physiotherapists work in almost every hospital department, as well as in the community. They may give treatment in GP surgeries, health centres, day centres, nursing homes or people’s homes.

What they’ll do

Physiotherapists help and treat people with physical problems caused by illness, accident or ageing. They will often support patients following surgery, who have had a stroke, or those who have suffered falls or deterioration of mobility. They will draw up a personalised plan for each patient they work with. Depending on the patient’s needs, this may include exercise, walking re-education, self-management strategies and promotion of independence.


Usually a three or four year degree course, or a two-year postgraduate course.

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