Physiotherapy is a regulated health profession in the UK. The title ‘Physiotherapist’ is protected by the state, regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC).
Physiotherapists must be registered with the HPC and obtain a licence to practise. Legislation also requires that they meet the HPC’s generic standards of proficiency, conduct and performance.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has established a code of professional values and the CSP standards (317). Physiotherapy in the UK is registered in the EU regulated professions database as follows:
Physiotherapy is a directly related regulated profession with title “Physiotherapist” recognized under Directive 2005/36/EC (5), ID 1180. General system of recognition – primary application. Qualification level: PS3 – Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years), Art. 11d (7)
5. DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications (Text with EEA relevance) (OJ L 255, 30.9.2005, p. 22) Amended up to March 2011, (2005).
7. The European Commission. Regulated professions database. Brussels: EUROPA; 2011 [cited 2012 February 10, ]; Available from: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/qualifications/regprof/index.cfm?fuseaction=regProf.index.
317. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (C.S.P.). Physiotherapy in The United Kingdom. The European region of the World Confederation of Physio Therapy (WCPT); 2012 [cited 2012 March 18]; Available from: http://www.physio-europe.org/index.php?action=15&subaction=details&member=8.