A physiotherapist is a healthcare professional who helps people to maintain or restore their physical health and wellbeing. They do this by assessing people’s needs, developing treatment plans, and providing therapies such as massage, manipulation, and exercise. Physiotherapists also teach people to manage their symptoms and improve their general fitness.
Occupational Therapist (physiotherapy),
Orthopaedic Specialist (physiotherapy)
importance of physiotherapy
Physiotherapy can help people of all ages and of any fitness level to manage a variety of conditions and illnesses, including:
More than you might think! Physiotherapists see patients with many different conditions and can help with many different types of problems. Here are just a few examples:
There are also two main areas where physiotherapists work:
1. In the community
Physiotherapists in the community work with people who have long-term conditions or illnesses, helping them to stay healthy and active. They might see patients in their own homes, in care homes, or in clinics.
2. In hospitals
Physiotherapists in hospitals work with people who have just been discharged from hospital, or who are being treated for a long-term condition. They might see patients in wards, in outpatient clinics, or in their own homes.
Many physiotherapists have their private clinics, but they may also be employed by the NHS or independent/private hospitals. They can also work in specialist centres, such as those that provide care for people with disabilities or neurological conditions.
Physiotherapy Assistants (PTA) are healthcare professionals who work alongside physiotherapists and other members of the multidisciplinary team e.g. podiatrists and podiatric surgeons, occupational therapists and nurses to promote, restore and maintain the health and independence of people with a physical disability or long-term condition. They provide treatment and support within their professional area of expertise under the supervision of a physiotherapist.
The term physiotherapy assistant appeared in the UK around 1970, although some PTAs started work in the mid-1950s. There are three main types of PTA job roles:
1) Treatment/therapy provision;
2) Basic nursing tasks;
3) Admin support (front office).
Physiotherapy assistants can work in both NHS and private sectors of healthcare, including hospitals, community healthcare settings (such as care homes or specialist centres), and people’s own homes.
a good physiotherapy assistant
There is no one route to becoming a physiotherapy assistant, but most PTAs will have some form of formal healthcare qualification, such as an HND or degree in health and social care. Some may also have a postgraduate qualification in physiotherapy, for example, a Diploma in Physiotherapy or a BSc (Hons) in physiotherapy.
In addition to these formal qualifications, PTAs should have good interpersonal and communication skills as well as the ability to work effectively as part of a team. Employers usually require all staff – including PTAs – to undergo regular training and development, so being prepared to learn new skills and take on additional responsibilities is a must.
The primary role of an occupational therapist in rehabilitation through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Occupational therapists work with their clients as they engage in the tasks necessary for day-to-day living, from dressing and feeding to household chores and leisure pursuits. They help those who have problems with mental or physical function which make it hard for them to carry out tasks like these: