What is physiotherapy?
There are 3 main areas of physiotherapy:
- Musculoskeletal (bones, joints and muscle),
- Neurology (brain, spinal cord and nerves),
- Cardio-respiratory (lungs, heart and circulatory system).
"Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential:
- it uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status
- it is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery
- the exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.”
The above definition is taken from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Curriculum Framework (January 2002). See the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website for details
Physiotherapists work in a great variety of settings such as orthopaedics, intensive care, paediatrics, mental illness, stroke recovery, occupational health, ergonomics, musculoskeletal treatment in hospitals and private practice, and care of the elderly.
Requirements to Become a Physiotherapist
It is essential to check the individual entry requirements for each university as most will request at least 3 A2 Levels of Grade B or higher. Physiotherapy is one of the most popular degrees to apply for at university and is therefore very competitive, if you want to have a real chance of securing a place at university work experience is a very desirable option.
Personal Qualities Required:
- Communication, helping and caring skills
- Sensitivity and tolerance
- Ability to use initiative
- Potential to undertake an intensive course of study
- Reliability, honesty and trustworthiness
- Enthusiasm, dedication and determination
Physiotherapy opportunities are offered at either Heartlands, Solihull, Good Hope and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals. You must be in year 12 or above to be able to access this.
If you have not heard from us within 3 months, then on this occasion your application form has been unsuccessful
Please return either by e-mail to: [email protected] for Heartlands/Solihull & Good Hope placements. [email protected] for Queen Elizabeth placements (Please note emails to this email address are not 100% secure), or alternatively post it back to: Work Experience Department, Education Centre, Solihull Hospital, Lode Lane, Solihull B91 2JL