Physiotherapists are qualified healthcare professionals who treat people suffering from a range of physical difficulties, pain and reduced mobility resulting from illnesses, injuries, disabilities and ageing. They typically provide treatment for sports injuries, post-surgery support and therapy to assist with the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered strokes.
Physiotherapy is a regulated profession, and it is illegal to practice under the title physiotherapist without being registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Once registered, a physiotherapist with sufficient practical experience can complete further training and qualifications to become a supplementary prescriber.
Most physiotherapists operate in private practice and typically also accept referrals from the NHS (referral letters are chargeable).