Career

Paediatric Physiotherapist

Graduates moving into paediatrics will work with young children from infancy to adolescence. Those working in this field will have a wide variety of skills in a number of different areas and may also work closely with physiotherapists from other fields. Paediatric physiotherapists will require specialised skills for working ad communicating with children and will have knowledge to help optimise children’s movement while their bones and muscles are developing. Those working in this field will also utilise specialised treatments to address a variety of conditions with a focus on how they relate to children and young people. Paediatric physiotherapists may work with their patients over a longer period, especially with acute, chronic or ongoing conditions.

 

Gaining qualification and titling as a Specialist Physiotherapist requires advanced expertise and experience in the specialisation area. There are two pathways to becoming a specialist – experiential and academic – both of which require being a qualified physiotherapist and joining the relevant national group for the field of expertise. The experiential pathway then requires at least five years’ worth of practical experience, including three years in the relevant field of expertise, along with evidence of engagement in professional development during this time. The academic pathway requires the completion of an approved Masters course as well as two years’ clinical experience with evidence of working the relevant field.