How to qualify for and find a job as a physiotherapist

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that works with people to identify and maximise their ability to move and function. Functional movement in the body is an essential part of what it means to be healthy. This means that physiotherapy plays a vital role in enabling people to improve and maintain their health, wellbeing and quality of life.

A physiotherapy degree gives you eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and qualified membership of the CSP, which brings chartered status if you qualify on a programme that holds CSP accreditation.

If you want an academic qualification and professional status then physiotherapy can be a great career path. In order to qualify for a physiotherapy job you need to gain the correct qualifications.

Several UK universities offer a range of physiotherapy courses, and some are specific or general depending on what area of physiotherapy you are thinking of specialising in.

Once you’re qualified with a degree in physiotherapy it’s time to get clinical experience. Many degrees offer a placement year where you can start to build on your skills and apply your education to the real working environment. If none of the physiotherapist places are available, any experience in the healthcare sector will help further your education.

Career prospects for physiotherapists

Physiotherapy offers you many different and flexible employment prospects.

Once you have qualified and gained some clinical experience you can branch out into many different fields, including:

  • a physiotherapist for a regional or national sports team
  • a physiotherapists for the NHS or Private Hospital
  • a physiotherapy lecturer at a university
  • a researcher for a patient charity investigating illness
  • a consultant physiotherapist for musculoskeletal services
  • a self-employed physiotherapist running their own private practice
  • a physiotherapy services manager.


At RIG Healthcare, our specialist team sources and recruits the best physiotherapists for the best jobs.

If you are looking for a physiotherapy job, or would like to recruit a physiotherapist, please contact our physiotherapy team to discuss your request. 

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