Physiotherapy Assistant

Job Description:

Physiotherapy assistants work with patients to manage their condition and improve movement.

Job Category:
Health Care & Social Assistance

What you will do:

As a physiotherapy assistant, you would:

  • talk to patients about their treatment plan
  • show patients how to use mobility aids
  • demonstrate and work through exercises with patients
  • monitor progress and update records
  • work closely with physiotherapists and other health professionals


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork)
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptability)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include:

  • Certificate in Healthcare Support Services
  • Diploma in Healthcare Support
  • National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

Most health and social care courses include work placements, which is a good way for you to get practical experience.

You can do a Healthcare Support Worker Intermediate Apprenticeship or a Senior Healthcare Support Worker Advanced Apprenticeship.

You could start as a healthcare assistant and learn on the job, then move into physiotherapy work through further training and promotion.

You might have an advantage when looking for jobs if you have volunteering experience in a healthcare setting.

Direct Application
You can apply directly for jobs if you’ve got relevant skills and experience from working in a healthcare or sports exercise setting. Some employers may ask for a qualification in healthcare and GCSE subjects like maths and English.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could typically work 37 to 42 hours per week.

You could work in a hospital, at a health centre or at a client’s home.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience and further qualifications, you could:

  • become a senior physiotherapy support worker
  • train to become an assistant practitioner
  • take an accredited degree to qualify as a physiotherapist