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ehmumbo Tue 29-Jan-13 13:52:58

Has anyone trained as a Physio? If so, can I pick your brains please?

CherryLip Tue 29-Jan-13 18:41:50

Me....but so long ago I may be of no use to you.

ehmumbo Thu 31-Jan-13 16:17:57

Just wondering if it is an enjoyable job - best bits / worst bits?
Whats the average starting wage?
How much do physios earn for private practice?
Are you glad you trained?
What would you rather do if not?

Suffolkgirl1 Wed 13-Feb-13 19:12:50

Just wondering if it is an enjoyable job - best bits / worst bits?
- yes. Best bit - patients that say thankyou. Worst - vomit!
Whats the average starting wage? £21,176 - NHS
How much do physios earn for private practice? Sorry no idea. Most physios work in the NHS initially to get general experience before specialising. Private practice is mostly suited to those who want to specialise in musculoskeltal problems - not my line!
Are you glad you trained? Yes
What would you rather do if not? Now (in my 40's) I am fascinated by genealogy but would never have considered this at 18!

ehmumbo Mon 08-Apr-13 11:26:50

jeeze it doesn't pay much does it?

ehmumbo Mon 08-Apr-13 11:28:03

Not that many responses from physios either.... wonder if that means its not very compatible with being a mum... you dont have much time for MN... dont really like the job....

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 08-Apr-13 11:33:16

I'm a physio too.

Trained straight from doing my a levels and got a job straight away (had 3 offers in fact!). These days it's still a very competitive course to get onto, and unfortunately there are no where near as many jobs as there are graduates every year. Saying that though, it is a very good degree that gives you many transferable skills.

I am extremely lucky in that I have a very flexible job and work around school hours. That is very unusual. I have never heard of a part time band 5 position (that's the grade that graduates start at), and there is more of a drive in lots of areas for 7 day working and extended hours (all good for the pts but not so good for staff with family responsibilities).

I can't help re: private practice either - my interest in not in musculoskeletal skeletal injuries which is what the majority of private practitioners treat.

I do enjoy my job a lot, I have never considered doing anything else!

HairyMaclary Mon 08-Apr-13 11:43:45

If you train as a paediatric neurodevelopmental physio and set up a private practise with other skilled, experienced and up to date practitioners there will be a queue of people at your door. We have had fantastic NHS support but they just cannot give enough physio time to children like my son so we have to supplement, especially post op. It's very difficult to find these specialized physios anywhere!

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