How to Become a Self-Employed Physiotherapist

You may be a recent graduate having studied physiotherapy at university or been practising physiotherapy for years. Whatever your circumstances, you’ll have trained hard to become a physiotherapist.

Many physiotherapy careers begin in public practice – working within hospitals or health centres. However, many turn to independent practice at some point during their career.

There are a number of benefits to becoming self-employed, most notably becoming your own boss gives you the freedom to practice in the way you want, take the holiday you require and offer a tailored service to your patients. There’s also the draw of earning more money – prices are entirely up to you and you are free to take on as many patients as you’d like.

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There are a number of choices in terms of work set-up for physiotherapists:

  1. Work within a hospital or private practice
  2. Work in integrated health practices
  3. Work as self-employed

In order to provide the best possible service, most practices will have specific medical equipment as well as electrical devices for sports or personal injury. Some private practices will specialise, catering for sports injuries, the elderly or paediatrics.

If you are considering the move to self-employment, it would certainly be worth thinking about specialising in a form of physiotherapy. You’ll also need to build up relationships with local general practitioners and health professionals in order to get patient referrals.

In order to become a self-employed physiotherapist, you’ll need to register with the Health Professions Council (HPC) – a well known accreditation that is widely used in the UK.

How you find physiotherapy work

There are plenty of physio recruiter’s online advertising clinics and practices that need physiotherapists – if you’re looking to find permanent or temporary work, this could be a useful tool. If you definitely want to work as self-employed, it’s certainly worth looking up some local physiotherapy clinics or health centres you could practice from. If you’re looking to source your own physiotherapy work, here are a few handy hints:

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