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Steps towards becoming a Physiotherapist

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´╗┐Communications Personal Writing Task 1 1.2 Criteria (1.1, 1.2, 2.1) Steps towards becoming a Physiotherapist I am currently working towards becoming a physiotherapist, after some research and looking into which Health profession I?d like to enter, this one seems to be the most appealing to me. I have always been fascinated about the body and biological science, and want to work with people and see physiotherapy as an excellent way of combining this with the challenge of biological science. Pursuing a career in physiotherapy has been a major aspiration since young age, I like to encourage good health and fitness, and have flexibility to adapt to different situations, I believe that this is important because a physiotherapist needs to adapt to different patients needs. I have excellent communication skills that would be a requirement for the degree in physiotherapy and also the work placement. I always thought that I want to go into a career where I help people, where I could work creatively with my hands, and my love for science. ...read more.


There is a large amount of self-direct study and clinical placements. Accelerated physiotherapist programmes offer the ability to acquire a licence to practice physiotherapy if you have certain qualifications. A degree subject such as a biological science may be eligible. Successful graduate will be able to apply for state registration and member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. (physioroom, n.d.). There are many routed to gain entry to a BSc in physiotherapy. The usual route is A-levels. Most universities are looking for high grades in science subjects such as AAB. For mature students with no formal qualifications, a kite marked access course in health related subjects, usually a distinction and merits at level 3. The majority of physiotherapy courses are funded by the NHS with a bursary to cover the costs of the course. (NHS.UK, n.d) Gaining work experience would be helpful for the application to university, but can be difficult to organise as most Physiotherapy departments are already under huge workloads and lots of pressure. ...read more.


Bethal.J The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. (2005 May 13th) states that: The disadvantages of employing physiotherapist practitioners in EDs mostly relate to their caseloads being so specific that, in smaller EDs in particular, there may simply be too few patients to make the role worthwhile. This can be offset, however, by the potential benefits of employing physiotherapist practitioners in review clinics. The narrow focus of practice and clinical skills identified in this review can however fragment the care that physiotherapist practitioners provide. Physiotherapist practitioners may not be trained in applying POP, for example, so cannot care for some patients continuously from admission to discharge or referral. These disadvantages should influence and guide training programmes, and inform individual EDs, when the introduction of physiotherapist practitioners is being considered. I think it depends on which area of physiotherapy someone goes into, of course emergency departments will be stressful in any area of specialism. I think having good communication skills, patience and an understanding nature will help in the physiotherapy role or any health related job. I do believe that I have these skills to get into Physiotherapy. ...read more.

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