Working as a Physiotherapist in the UK

Speaker(s): Brian McQuaid

£ 5

Included lessons: 1
Level÷Č beginner

About live session


The webinar is now rescheduled to Monday 12:30 PM UK time, 5 pm India time. The login link will remain the same.


Working as Physiotherapist in UK Aims to :  


The aim of this live session is to provide a comprehensive overview of pursuing a career as a physiotherapist in the UK. Participants will learn about the importance of continuous professional development (CPD) and how professional organizations like the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) support career growth through resources, networking, and advocacy.

The session will also highlight emerging trends and innovations, such as telehealth and wearable technologies, and discuss the challenges physiotherapists face, including heavy workloads and regulatory changes. Additionally, we will explore opportunities for specialization, advanced training, and interdisciplinary collaboration within the UK healthcare system. Aspiring physiotherapists will gain valuable advice on how to succeed in this dynamic and evolving field.

What you'll learn

Discussion About the Physiotherapy Field in UK

Key Takeaways for Physiotherapists

Importance of CPD:

  • Crucial for skill maintenance and enhancement.
  • Engage in workshops, conferences, online courses, peer collaboration.

Emerging Trends and Innovations:

  • Awareness of new treatment methods and technologies.
  • Impact of telehealth and wearable devices on future practice.

Challenges in UK Physiotherapy:

  • Heavy workloads, high patient expectations, regulatory changes.

Additional Training and Certifications:

  • Recognized and valued advanced training in the UK healthcare system.
  • Benefits of specialized certifications.

Typical Day in Practice:

  • Overview of daily responsibilities and common conditions treated.

Support for Specialization:

  • UK system supports various specializations.
  • Career pathways in sports medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, etc.

Support from Professional Organizations:

  • CSP, MACP, AACP support professional development, networking, advocacy.

Benefits of Practicing in the UK:

  • Access to advanced training, professional body support, robust healthcare system.

Trends and Innovations:

  • Stay updated on trends and innovations in physiotherapy.
  • Understand technology's future impact on the field.

Advice for Aspiring Physiotherapists:

  • Tips for success for students and early-career physiotherapists.
  • Importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in the healthcare system.

Common Misconceptions:

  • Address and clarify common misconceptions about UK physiotherapy.

Included lessons


Brian McQuaid

Brain McQuaid joined the University of the West of England (UWE) as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy during the summer of 2021. Bringing a wealth of experience from various clinical roles, Mr. McQuaid has made significant contributions to the field of physiotherapy through both practice and education. Before their current position at UWE, Brian worked locally as a First Contact Practitioner in a GP practice and served as a Senior Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapist in an NHS Trust.

 Since qualifying in 2007, their career has been marked by diverse roles in London, the Southwest of England, and South Wales. While specializing primarily in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Brian has also gained extensive experience in inpatient and community settings. This diverse background proved invaluable during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when they were seconded to a complex care team, supporting patients on COVID wards. 

Brian holds a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science and a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Their pursuit of excellence in the field led them to further their education with an MSc in Manual Therapy and a PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE). These qualifications reflect their commitment to both clinical practice and academic excellence. Before embarking on a career in physiotherapy, Brian completed a degree in Sports Science. They then worked in London, serving in various capacities within learning and physical disability and mental health services. From Activity Coordinator to House Manager and Service Manager, these roles provided a strong foundation in patient care and management. 

Brian is a registered physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). They are an active member of several professional organizations, including the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP),the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP),the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP),and the Higher Education Academy (HEA).  extensive clinical experience, coupled with a robust academic background, makes them a highly respected and influential figure in the field of physiotherapy.