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Physiotherapy assistants/physiotherapy support workers

Physiotherapy assistants/physiotherapy support workers


This page gives information on physiotherapy assistants, and the entry requirements for the role

The job

Physiotherapy assistants work with registered physiotherapists in their day-to-day work. They help patients to follow exercise and treatment programmes set out by the physiotherapist.

This could involve showing them how to use mobility aids, setting up equipment and working on exercises with them. Assistants might also keep records and write short progress reports.

Staff working in more senior physiotherapy support roles often work at assistant practitioner level, and will undertake more advanced work.

Entry requirements

There are no formal educational or age requirements, although you may need to pass four (or more) GCSEs or equivalent to qualify for some more advanced work.

With further training, some physiotherapy support staff working at assistant practitioner level may be supported to work towards a part time programme leading to a degree in physiotherapy.

Job vacancies

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It may be possible to enter this role through a level 3 (advanced) apprenticeship.