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Becoming a Physiotherapist

Is Physiotherapy the career for you?An interactive insight into the profession and a quick guide to getting onto the degree course. If you like this prezi, join me on linked in to see many more http://www.linkedin.com/in/alicethompsonphysiotherapy

Alice Thompson

on 10 October 2013

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PHYSIOTHERAPY Is it the career for you? Presentation by Alice Thompson (BSc hons) What is physiotherapy? In a nutshell, it is a science based healthcare profession that looks in detail at how the body moves, how muscles, bones, joints and ligaments work and how they react to pain and trauma. Physiotherapists regularly diagnose multiple ailments that affect the muscles and nerves, and then proceed to treat these, ensuring independence, movement and return to maximum performance. It is the physiotherapist's job not only to assess and treat these ailments but also to look for any predisposing and contributing factors and advise on how to minimise the risk of the same thing happening again. Qualified physiotherapists work independently and as part of multi-disciplinary teams ensuring that patients' health and mobility are improved. (Barton 2010) What do physiotherapists do? Physiotherapists have numerous challenging roles within the health sector. They work with a wide range of people in many different environments either individually or as part of a large healthcare team (Barton, 2010). They work with people to... Treat specfic conditions. Regain mobility after accidents or surgery. Avoid injuries and create healthy lifestyle plans (preventative healthcare) (CSP 2011) Where do physiotherapists work? Paediatrics Orthopaedics Women's Health Outpatients Learning Disabilities Care of the Elderly Occupational Health Intensive Care Stroke Rehabilitation Wards Palliative Care Mental Health References

Barton, J 2010. Getting into Physiotherapy Courses. 5th edn. Trotman Publishing.

Chartered Society Physiotherapy (CSP) 2012. A Career in Physiotherapy. [Online] Available at: http://www.csp.org.uk/professional-union/careers-development/career-physiotherapy [Accessed 16 January 2012]

NHS Careers 2010 Physiotherapist [Online] Available at: http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/details/default.aspx?id=281 [Accessed 16 January 2012] NHS Careers 2010 What skills and qualities will you need? Good listening and communication skills A caring, compassionate attitude Initiative and confidence in your own judgement Willingness to learn and continue learning A good level of fitness The ability to relate to a wide range of people A responsible, professional approach Let's start from the beginning... If you are contemplating a career in physiotherapy it might be worth knowing... Sounds pretty interesting huh? You must be wondering... In order to find out whether this is the job for you, let's have a little look at... If I still have your attention I think it's about time we looked at the nitty gritty... (NHS Careers 2010) NHS (most common) Ski Resorts Private Clinics
and Hospitals Sports Clubs Armed Forces Research Centres Generally physiotherapists tend to rotate across all these areas and then specialise once they have gained the approprite amount of experience. Physiotherapists also branch out into other exciting areas such as... What are the entry requirements? Each course varies in it's requirements therefore it may of use for you to check out www.ucas.com for course specific requirements but generally.... England and Wales school leavers require three A levels at grade A-C (one should be a biological science) and a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A-C. These GCSEs should include maths, English language and a selection of science subjects. Scotland a typical student profile is five SCE Higher at grades AABBB taken at one sitting (minimum of two science subjects). Ireland School leavers should have an Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of four passes in subjects at higher level (two at B grade and two at C grade). BTEC National Diploma in Health Studies (Science) with distinctions/merits in all units.
Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ in Health and Social Care or Science (Additionally most institutions require a biological science A level).
HND International Baccalaureate
Certain Access Courses (contact individual institutions for the access courses they recognise)
Appropriate Foundation course Applications are welcomed from applicants who left full time study some time ago, but they will usually need to provide evidence of recent academic study at an appropriate level The following alternative qualifications are usually acceppted... If your ucas application is successful you will often be invited for an interview. For help with this please check out "Passing your Physiotherapy interview" or contact me at www.*****.com Thank you for your time. And, most importantly, to all you potential physiotherapists out there, good luck. I hope you found this prezi useful and informative and possibly (only possibly) a little enjoyable!
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