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15 Standards of Proficiency for Physiotherapists in the UK

If you are interested in working in the UK as a physiotherapist, it is important to know what is required of you. What exactly is the scope of physiotherapy practice in the UK and what are the required standards?

Here are some important points to note, when it comes to what is required from you before you can get registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council):

Registrant physiotherapists must:

1. Be able to practise safely and effectively within their
scope of practice

2. Be able to practise within the legal and ethical
boundaries of their profession

3. Be able to maintain fitness to practise

4. Be able to practise as an autonomous professional,
exercising their own professional judgement

5. Be aware of the impact of culture, equality, and
diversity on practice

6. Be able to practise in a non-discriminatory manner

7. Understand the importance of and be able to maintain

8. Be able to communicate effectively
(be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to
level 7 of the International English Language Testing System, with
no element below 6.51)

9. Be able to work appropriately with others

10. Be able to maintain records appropriately

11. Be able to reflect on and review practice

12. Be able to assure the quality of their practice
(be able to engage in evidence-based practice, evaluate practice
systematically and participate in audit procedures

13. Understand the key concepts of the knowledge base
relevant to their profession
( recognise the role of other professions in health and social care, be aware of the principles and applications of scientific enquiry,
including the evaluation of the efficacy of interventions and the
research process)

understand the following aspects of biological science:
– normal human anatomy and physiology, including the dynamic
relationships of human structure and function as related to the
neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardio-vascular and
respiratory systems

– patterns of human growth and development across the

– factors influencing individual variations in human ability and
health status

– how the application of physiotherapy can cause physiological
and structural change

understand the following aspects of physical science:
– the principles and theories from physics, biomechanics,
applied exercise science and ergonomics that can be applied
to physiotherapy

– the means by which the physical sciences can inform the
understanding and analysis of movement and function

– the principles and application of measurement techniques
based on biomechanics or electrophysiology

– the application of anthropometric and ergonomic principles

understand the following aspects of clinical science:

– pathological changes and related clinical features commonly
encountered in physiotherapy practice

– physiological, structural, behavioural and functional changes
that can result from physiotherapy intervention and disease

– the specific contribution that physiotherapy can potentially
make to enhancing individuals’ functional ability, together with
the evidence base for this

– the different concepts and approaches that inform the
development of physiotherapy intervention 

understand the following aspects of behavioural science:
– psychological, social and cultural factors that influence an
individual in health and illness, including their responses to the
management of their health status and related physiotherapy

– how psychology, sociology and cultural diversity inform an
understanding of health, illness and health care in the context
of physiotherapy and the incorporation of this knowledge into
physiotherapy practice

– theories of communication relevant to effective interaction with
service users, carers, colleagues, managers and other health
and social care professionals
– theories of team working

14. Be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to
inform practice (understand the structure and function of health and social care
services in the UK, be able to deliver and evaluate physiotherapy programmes)

15. Understand the need to establish and maintain a safe
practice environment
(Understand the need to maintain the safety of both service users
and those involved in their care, know and be able to apply appropriate moving and handling techniques, be aware of applicable health and safety legislation, and any
relevant safety policies and procedures in force at the workplace)


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Which Countries Pay the Best Physiotherapy Salary?

We always hear about physiotherapy being a "hot" profession and that physiotherapists are saught after all over the world and that gives us the confidence to go for international jobs. Interestingly, though, I have noticed that physiotherapists move around alot, and we're about ro find out if it's for "greener pastures" , inner fulfillment or just sheer restlessness. I know of physiotherpists that move from Australia to Canada, and others from Canada to Australia...the other day a colleague of mine told me about a physiotherapist that had just devided to leave Australia for Singapore, while he stays put in South Africa.
Many physiotherapists want to know which countries pay the best salaries to help get some motivation to move or jump ship, so let's first try to analyse places that have the best paying physiotherapy jobs or simply put, the highest salaries.

A physiotherapist's salary in Ireland ranges from $27000 to $60000 a year andthis wil…

How to Get Licenced to Practice Physiotherapy in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Here's a quick summary on how to get a physiotherapy practising licence in Dubai and Abu Dhabi:

A foreign trained physiotherapist should at least have a B.Sc in physiotherapy, with at least two years work experience.

The physiotherapist must be a graduate from a National and/ or International recognized college/University.

For graduates from the UAE universities, the program and university must be accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).

Higher diploma certificates from The Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE will be equivalent to Bachelor degree as per MOHESR standard

A Master degree or PhD (in the area of specialty) will reduce one (1) year from the required experience for licensing provided that the Master’s/ PhD degree is not mandatory to obtain the selected title.

Qualifications acquired through honorary nature, correspondence or distance learning are not counted towards the PQR requirements.

All non-UAE national graduate physiothe…

How to Get a Physiotherapy job in Singapore

Physiotherapy is on the skills shortage list in Singapore and is classified as an Allied Health Profession.

You as a physiotherapist should apply directly to the Ministry of Manpower  or the Human Resources department in the hospital of your choice.
Once your registration is approved you'll need a work permit and you need to have a job to get it. There are two types of work passes the EP and the S pass. You can get more information on the Ministry of Manpower website.

Part of the criteria for a foreign trained physiotherapist to to be able to practise in Singapore is to pass the MOH qualifying exam.

The qualifying exam (QE) is an assessment of the equivalence of the knowledge and skills of the foreign trained physiotherapist and the physiotherapy practise in Singapore.
The exams are conducted four times a year in January, April, July and October and you need to be in Singapore to take the exams. The results of this exam are usually released four weeks after the exam was taken.


Getting Study Materials for the DHA, HAAD Physiotherapist Exam

The licensing exam for practicing physiotherapy in Dubai or Abu Dhabi is computer based and multi choice (mcq).
Getting past questions for this DHA, HAAD exam has become a very expensive venture with many websites offering sample questions at a cost.

The Dubai Health Authority has however made it clear that it doesn't sell or make available such past questions and that any one who encounters such should report to them.
So I won't be putting up any names of websites who claim to sell sample questions or offer subscriptions to those who want to rehearse the exam online.

If you want to know how to prepare for these exams or have an idea of the syllabus then you can do one of these two options:
1. Get in contact with a medical recruiting agency with experience.
2. Use the recommended textbooks to prepare for the exam.

I really don't see why you can't go for option 2.
Give yourself a month to go through the textbooks to refresh your memory... It's an mcq exam and pass …

Want to Migrate to Australia as Physiotherapist? Read this first.

If you are a physiotherapist interested in migrating to Australia, reading this first will be highly beneficial to you.

Yes physiotherapy is on the Australia immigration skilled occupation list, but my observation is that there are still very few going through their skill select process.

The Australian skill select process (where Canada got the inspiration for Express entry) is supposed to be a stress free process. It's simply a DIY (do it yourself) kind of thing; fill in your information, upload your English scores and you skills assessment and submit your application for immigration.

Twice every month there are selection rounds and successful applicants are invited to apply for a skilled migration visa.

But this is not actually the case for physiotherapists because you need a skills assessment.

Here are the requirements for applying for a skills assessment:

·         A qualification that is included in theApproved Programs of Study list

·         A Certificate of Substantial Equ…

Areas of Specialization in Physiotherapy

When it comes to talking about specialty areas in physiotherapy or what physiotherapy areas you'll like to specialize it should be based purely on your strengths and interests.
Most physiotherapists specialize in musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy either for lack of better ideas or job prospects ( not that these are totally wrong reasons).
I think some things you should consider when deciding to specialize are -

What really are your interests? Would you rather work with the young or the elederly? I personally don't like seeing children in the hospital so paediatrics is definitely not my thing.What skills have you gathered over the years and which of your skills are you likely to harness? Have you seen yourself coming up with successful rehabilitation programs for patients that suffered from musculoskeletal injuries, for example, over and over again? Are there particular cases or conditions that your superiors or colleagues have associated you with because of your achievem…

Working Abroad: Getting a Physiotherapy Job in US

It's okay to look out for something different after being a physiotherapist in your present location for so long. Or maybe you are a fresh graduate seeking adventure and consciously plotting an international pathway for your career...Hmmm or maybe you graduated with a degree in physiotherapy and haven't really done much with it...The question remains the same....

How can I get an international job? Are there really jobs for physiotherapists abroad or is this career just overhyped?
Are you kidding me?
The key to plotting the right graph for your career is information, so I will do my best to point you in the right direction so you can achieve your dream of getting an international job.

Are there actually best countries for physiotherapy jobs?
Well there are quite a number of places abroad where physiotherapists are seriously sought after, but I would start with what I call the big five: United States, Canada, Australia, Dubai and Ireland... Then maybe Singapore and …