Physiotherapy Support Worker

The Role(s)

Physiotherapy Support Workers assist Physiotherapists to improve patients’ ability to move. People may have mobility problems because of injury, illness or a disability.

Physiotherapy Support Workers may also work with Occupational Therapists, nurses and other professional staff.

You would be involved in

  • helping patients prepare for treatment
  • demonstrate and work through exercises with patients
  • writing reports and updating patients’ records
  • setting up equipment

You could be based in a hospital, community health centre or help people at home.

Skills, Interests and Abilities

Useful skills include

  • organisational skills
  • good communication skills

Useful abilities include

  • ability to explain treatment to patients
  • ability to work alone or in a team
  • ability to motivate people

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but you should have a good general education. Some Boards may ask for qualifications in English and Mathematics.

You may find it useful to have an SVQ 2 or SVQ 3 in Healthcare Support (clinical and non clinical). These courses are accredited by CACHE

It helps to have some relevant experience, perhaps through voluntary work.

You will also need to be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support (clinical) at SCQF Level 6 and SCQF Level 7

The Modern Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support (clinical) at SCQF Level 6 and SCQF Level 7 is a framework for people interested in working in a clinical healthcare setting.

Contact your local Board to find out if this Modern Apprenticeship is available in your area.

For more information about this Modern Apprenticeship framework, look at

Learning and Development

You will be given the training you need to do the job, including an introduction to the department and its procedures and how to set up and use the equipment.

Once in work you may have the opportunity to gain a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) in Allied Health Professions: Physiotherapy Support.

Professional Bodies

Physiotherapy Support Workers can become associate members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The Society runs courses, conferences and seminars where physiotherapy assistants can update their skills and network with others doing similar work.