Assessment by a Physiotherapist

What do physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists have specialist skills in the physical treatment and rehabilitation of people and offer a range of therapies including exercise, electrotherapy and manual therapy.

The role of the physiotherapist is to improve and maintain a person's mobility and independence. This could be through helping them recover from a chest infection, controlling their pain or helping them to mobilise after a stroke. This approach can prevent someone from being admitted to hospital, speed up their recovery if in hospital and promote an early discharge

Where do they work?

Physiotherapists can work independently or in larger teams specialising in different areas of health and medical care. They work in the National Health Service (NHS), in primary and secondary care and in specialist centres. They also work in the private and voluntary sector, in education and in private industry.

Obtaining an assessment

Chartered physiotherapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, health centres, GP practices, schools, work places, private clinics and also by visiting people at home. If you are a UK resident the three main treatment routes to see a physiotherapist are via the NHS, via private practitioners and via the independent sector. It's also possible to get treatment through less common routes such as charities and the voluntary sector.

If you are searching for a physiotherapist for private treatment in your local area make sure they are chartered and registered.

How do I know if a Physiotherapist is registered?

Physiotherapists working in the NHS have to be state registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).

The HPC is responsible for the conduct, performance and ethical behaviour of its registrants. Physiotherapists who do not meet the standards of practice, conduct and behaviour required by the HPC are removed ('struck off') from the HPC register.

Visit the HPC website to check the registration status of a physiotherapist.