WHY STUDY PHYSIOTHERAPY?
As the largest allied health professional group, physiotherapists work with people with a variety of disabilities, injuries and illnesses and their families and carers. Primarily, they use physical means to promote health, rehabilitation and, where possible, recovery using education and information giving, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and electrotherapy. Physiotherapists also consider psychological, social and cultural factors. They use a variety of interpersonal skills to enable clients to take an active role in their recovery/rehabilitation programmes whilst respecting a clients rehabilitation goals. They work with other members of the health and social care team in a variety of hospital and community environments.
Physiotherapists manage their own caseloads and patients may now refer themselves directly for treatment. They diagnose problems, prescribe treatment and discharge or refer clients as appropriate. They are involved with teaching and mentoring other practitioners, with team leadership and with the implementation and management of change.
The wide scope of physiotherapy is one of its assets, making it an exciting and varied career. Physiotherapists might work in hospitals, GP clinics, schools and other community settings, in research and teaching or run their own private practice. They are often part of a health or social care team, or may be autonomous professionals, acting as the first point of contact for clients/patients.
Physiotherapists are now challenging traditional healthcare roles and the scope of the profession is extending to encompass consultant physiotherapists or senior hospital managers. Those entering the profession can look forward to dynamic and challenging careers.
WHY STUDY PHYSIOTHERAPY AT KING'S?
The Department of Physiotherapy at King's has a strong research profile and received a 'highly commended' rating for its teaching in the latest NHS quality Assurance Agency major review. The department is increasingly developing links with our partner NHS Foundation Trusts as a result of the creation of King's Health Partners.
The aim of the BSc programme is to produce physiotherapists who are scientifically-oriented clinicians with transferable intellectual and practical skills. This will allow them to be lifelong learners in response to the dynamic nature of the healthcare professions. Biomedical and social sciences are taught by experts in their fields. A variety of teaching and learning activities are offered including lectures, practical sessions, tutorials, opportunities to present and practice-based education.
Department of Physiotherapy
020 7848 6511
020 7848 6510
King’s College London
London SE1 1UL
Students admitted: To be confirmed
Applicants per place: 15
Teaching staff: 17