How to find a Physiotherapist

Some physiotherapists are self-employed, some work for private practices and others are employed by the National Health Service.

It is possible to arrange an appointment with a physiotherapist without a referral from a GP; this is increasingly common. Private services will charge but may be covered by private healthcare insurance plans.

Usually patients will be referred to a physiotherapist by a GP or consultant; other healthcare professionals such as social workers may also recommend physiotherapy.

Physiotherapists working for the NHS must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC). To check if a physiotherapist is registered you can consult the HPC website. Most physiotherapists are also registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Online search engines and telephone directories contain the contact details for most physiotherapy services; it is also possible to find this information on the CSP website. It may also be useful to consult local health services or your GP for advice when choosing a physiotherapist. If the GP refers you for NHS treatment you will usually be allocated a physiotherapist when you arrive at the clinic.

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