Becoming a Physiotherapist!



Physiotherapy is a great career choice if you have an interest in playing a key role in helping people improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life through maximising their ability to move.  Here we have a short guide on what you need to get into the profession!

What does the role of a physiotherapist entail?

A physiotherapist helps those who have been affected by illness, injury or a disability through movement, exercise and manual therapy. A physiotherapist provides advice on how to prevent injury and pain.

How do you qualify to be a Physiotherapist?

You need to complete a degree level qualification in Physiotherapy. To work in the UK as a physiotherapist you will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). While this is not essential, it is advisable to become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). This membership will give you access to innovative research, provide professional insurance, legal services and has options for Continual Professional Development to help you improve in your career.

Where do Physiotherapists work?

Physiotherapists work in NHS Hospitals where they can be working with patients in all medical departments. There is also a demand for community physiotherapists so you will have the opportunity to work with patients in their own homes. Physiotherapists can also work in private hospitals and health & sports clubs.

What does a typical day entail?

A day in the life of a physiotherapist would involve consulting multiple patients in treatment and therapy sessions throughout the day to help them with their mobility and pain. Other responsibilities include writing patient reports, providing advice and liaising with colleagues and other medical staff including Doctors and nurses.

What are the typical working hours?

Dependent on where you work, your working hours can vary. Typically most physiotherapists work 37.5 hours per week, this may include evenings and weekends. At Direct Medics we can find you a long-term role or a locum opportunity so you can work to suit your lifestyle!

Typical salary for a Physiotherapist

Salaries are dependent on the band you currently work in and the company you are working for. The current salary brackets for physiotherapy bands in Northern Ireland and Scotland are:

  • Band 5 – £24,907 – £30,615
  • Band 6 – £31,365 – £37,890
  • Band 7 – £38,890 – £44,503

What can Direct Medics offer you?

We currently recruit for long-term locum roles for Physiotherapists of all bands in NHS Hospitals, community and private settings across Northern Ireland and Scotland. We can offer Band 5 Physiotherapists £100 towards for their HCPC Registration fee. If you are currently studying as a physiotherapist we can help you gain extra experience over the summer months by working as a band 3 Physiotherapy Assistant.

Check out our jobs board for our latest opportunities and apply today!

If you have any questions on Physiotherapy and our roles please do not hesitate to contact our AHP team at: or by calling 0800 052 32 85.