What to look for in your physio

When choosing a physio it can be a difficult challenge.  How do you know your physio is genuine?  How do you know you can trust them? Howe do you know your physio is the most appropriate?  Hopefully the following list can help.

  • All Physiotherapists are educated to degree level in physiotherapy.
  • Your physio should be HCPC registered (Health Care Professions Council).  This is the regulatory body for all physiotherapists in England.  You can check their registration on the HCPC website.  HCPC regulated physiotherapists have a card with their number and details on.
  • Your physiotherapist should be a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists  (CSP) then they will be insured.  The CSP is the UK trade Union body for physiotherapists in the UK  .  This will be shown by MCSP after their name.  You can check the CSP website for registration.
  • Physiotherapists should be wearing standard uniform – blue trousers with white t-shirt or white tunic with blue trim.
  • Physiotherapists must comply with standards of note writing / documentation, regular training, regular professional development.
  • Physiotherapists work towards a problem orientated goal approach which should be discussed and goals set as a partnership during the initial assessment.  Treatment plans should work towards these goals.
  • Your physiotherapists should be specialist in your care required, specialists could be in sports injuries or Back pain for example.  However East Surrey Physio is specialist in the treatment and management of older people.
  • Physiotherapists should always work in a professional and respectful manner,  being non-discriminatory and ensuring your wishes are adhered to for your care.
  • Safety should be a high priority, including knowing their own professional boundaries and when to ask for support from other professionals.
  • Confidentiality should be maintained at all times, including storage of notes, medical history, treatment and progression.
  • Your physiotherapist should have excellent skills of listening, communication, knowledge sharing, clinical skills including assessment and treatment options.  Your physio should be able to make you feel comfortable during sessions and also motivate you for your treatment.