How to become a physiotherapist: Deepa's story

What’s your job?

I’m a senior physiotherapist. Physiotherapy encompasses the physical, psychological and social well-being of a person and we take a holistic approach to improving the quality of someone’s life.

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How did you get started in this role?

I went to school in India and I participated in activities both in school and outside of school that gave me experience and shaped my ambition to be a physiotherapist. My church group took us to visit a number of hospitals and orphanages where we saw children with Aids. I used to work with a lot of children who had cerebral palsy and it gave me satisfaction when I saw a smile on their face. I felt I needed to use my life to make their lives better.

Deepa - physiotherapist


Wanting to help people was the main trigger. I chose to do biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics at A-level, before doing my undergraduate degree and then working for a year. Then I decided to do my master's degree so that I could build up more knowledge and use my skills and my clinical reasoning. I applied for lots of jobs and finally got one in Wolverhampton, where I am now.

What motivates you?

When I do something for somebody and feel I improve their quality of life, I feel happy because I’ve made a change.

Best thing about your job

My job has helped me to develop personally as well as professionally. I enjoy every bit of it.

What to expect if you want to be a physiotherapist

  • Physiotherapist salary: From £23,023 to £43,041
  • Physiotherapist working hours: On average 37.5 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a physiotherapist?

  • Entry requirements: Degree or postgraduate award approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), work experience may help you to get on a course. You could also gain experience through an apprenticeship. If you've already got a relevant degree in biological science, psychology or sports science, you may be able to take a fast-track course approved by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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