A physiotherapist treats people who are suffering from physical problems that are a result of illness, disability or an injury. Their work centres around movement as a cure, prevention and rehabilitative treatment.
Physiotherapy staff will need one or more of several qualifications, such as a degree in physiotherapy or a closely related discipline, a BTEC National Diploma in Health Studies with relevant experience, or an appropriate in-house vocational qualifications.
At interview, you'll also be expected to demonstrate good communication skills and a genuine passion for caring for others. You'll need a patient and sensitive nature, as well as an approachable and friendly manner.
There are many different types of opportunities for physiotherapists - you could find a temporary or permanent position within a small private practice and from there progress to become a partner. With the right experience and business knowledge, you could start your own practice, or perhaps function as a freelance or mobile physio. You could apply for a vacancy at a professional football, rugby or cricket club, and many larger clubs and health clubs have in-house physiotherapists.
Alternatively, the NHS employs hundreds of physios throughout the UK in a wide assortment of different capacities.
The starting salary for a physiotherapist in the NHS is around £21k per annum but salaries can vary enormously with age, experience and level of responsibility.