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Physiotherapy Assistant


Physiotherapy assistants make a difference to the lives of our patients every day by helping them recover from a range of illnesses and conditions. It is also a route to becoming a physiotherapist.

Working with a physiotherapist, your work could involve:

  • setting up equipment
  • showing patients how to use mobility aids
  • helping patients prepare for treatment (including helping with dressing and undressing)
  • working on exercises with patients
  • writing reports and updating patients’ records

You may people with a range of conditions, including:

  • neurological e.g. stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s
  • neuro musculoskeletal e.g.  back pain, whiplash associated disorder, sports injuries, arthritis
  • cardiovascular e.g. chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after heart attack
  • respiratory e.g. asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis


Physiotherapy assistants need to be:

  • happy to be hands-on with patients
  • willing to demonstrate exercises
  • able to use gym equipment
  • good listener/calm/understanding
  • happy to talk to and work with groups
  • able to follow procedures
  • able to motivate people
  • willing to work alone or in a team
  • physically fit

You will also need:

  • organisational skills
  • good communication skills
  • ability to explain treatment to patients


There are no set entry requirements for Physiotherapy Assistants. Employers expect good numeracy and literacy and some experience or qualifications in health or social care. Employers may ask for GCSEs in English and Maths. They may ask for a BTEC or equivalent vocational qualification in health and social care. Employers often ask for relevant work experience.

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