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Physiotherapy assistant

The Job

Physiotherapy assistants help patients to follow exercise and treatment programmes set out by registered physiotherapists. 

Working under the direction of a physiotherapist, your work as a physiotherapy assistant 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 will learn and develop on the job, we expect you to have good literacy, numeracy skills.

Personal qualities

In order to be successful in this role, you will need to be:

  • happy to be hands-on with patients
  • willing to demonstrate exercises
  • able to use gym equipment
  • a good listener
  • calm and 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
  • good at organising and prioritising work
  • able to explain treatment to patients

Your development

You will gain formal qualifications through a Senior Healthcare Support Worker Level 3 apprenticeship, including a Diploma in clinical health. You’ll also be eligible for associate memberships of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.