How the UK physio workforce compares internationally

The UK has one of the lowest rates of physios per person compared with similar Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries

Physio numbers below average

There is only 1 registered physiotherapist for every 1,107 people in the UK. By comparison, Germany has 1 physio for every 410 people and Australia has 1 physio for every 688 people. This means there are 50 per cent more physios per head in Australia than in the UK.  

For the UK to meet the average number of physios per person for similar OECD countries, there would need to be a 7 per cent increase every year for five years.

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