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Ireland’s physiotherapists register expected to open in 2016

30 July 2015 - 9:56am

The official register of physiotherapists in Ireland is expected to open in early 2016, according to Ruaidhri O’Connor, chief executive of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

The CSP has supported the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in ensuring the physiotherapy profession is protected

It will be the first time that physiotherapists and physical therapists in Ireland will need to be officially registered with a regulatory body.

Mr O’Connor said that once the register opens, physios will have two years in which to apply. After that time, they can still apply but the process will be ‘more stringent’.

The minister for health established Ireland’s Physiotherapists Registration Board in 2014. But the formal launch of the register was delayed by a government of Ireland consultation about the distinction between physiotherapy and physical therapy.

The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is keen that physiotherapy is protected through the separate registration of the two groups of professions.The Irish Society has the backing of the CSP and the Health and Social Care Professions Council in this.

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