As a fully qualified physiotherapist, there are many avenues for you to consider. So, what physiotherapy jobs are available?
This depends entirely on what you want to specialise in. Areas include geriatric medicine, intensive care, mental health, occupational health, outpatients’ departments, orthopaedics, paediatrics, stroke services and womens’ health.
You may want to work in a clinic or health centre, becoming a vital member of a local community. In this environment, you will be exposed to all kinds of physical problems, including the very complex, and you will need to have compassion, understanding, and the ability to work closely not only with the patient, but with their family and caregivers too.
Your communication skills are as important as your physical skills, as you will need to obtain information not only from your patients, but from other medical professionals and the other staff in your place of work. You will need to be able to plan, prioritise and keep appointments, and deal with people who are not able to keep to the same standard, often due to debilitating physical problems. As a physiotherapist, it’s a fact that you have to be the flexible person within the therapist/patient relationship.
Job opportunities exist outside the world of health centres of course, and even outside the NHS. In the private sector, you could expect to earn more, but could also end up working seven day weeks, so make sure you check all the pros and cons of any job before you apply.
For those looking for something off the beaten track, you could always enlist as an army physiotherapist. As well as being deployed all over the world, you would be assisting in field hospitals and you would support with sports events and other physical activities. This can be a role within the regular army or the reserves.
You may also decide to move into sports physiotherapy, working either directly with a sports association, or within a sports injury clinic. Sports therapists help with existing injuries, but also help prevent future injury, giving the best advice for moving and stretching within sports, athletics and other physical activities.
There are currently over 200 jobs available within physiotherapy on healthjobsuk.com, and that’s just one recruitment site from many. Physiotherapists are always in demand, and there are many rewarding roles available in this fascinating field.
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