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Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist

“If you are interested in helping people improve their physical health, this could be a perfect career for you.”

Physiotherapists work with patients to improve their range of movement and promote health and wellbeing.

To become a qualified physiotherapist you need a physiotherapy degree or postgraduate award approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

You will need to have an interest in human anatomy and physiology, plus patience and sensitivity. You must also be interested in the health and wellbeing of patients.

You could work in various areas and departments, such as paediatrics, outpatients, intensive care, women's health and occupational health. You could use a variety of treatments and techniques including massage, therapeutic exercise, electrotherapy, acupuncture and hydrotherapy.

You would keep accurate records of patients' treatment and progress, and you would often work closely with other health professionals, such as nurses, occupational therapists, health visitors and social workers.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • anatomy, physiology and health science
  • various types of therapies including massage, hydrotherapy and therapeutic exercise
  • English skills used when writing accurate patient records and reports
  • patience, sensitivity and tact
  • people skills

Your future

  • almost 95% of care occupations will require qualifications at level 2 or above by 2020.
  • 44,000 people are expected to be employed in health and social work across the south west by 2020
  • 52,000 new jobs will be created nationally in the health and social work sector by 2020 - a 1% increase on 2010 job totals. 4,000,000 in total
  • 100% of Health and Social Care students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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