Physiotherapy can continue during lockdowns

Healthcare services, including physiotherapy, can continue to operate across the UK following new national lockdown restrictions announced this week. This applies to both NHS and private sector providers.


University courses in physiotherapy, and other subjects allied to medicine and health, will continue as face-to-face learning in England and Wales, with students asked to follow specific safety advice.

In Scotland, universities are operating a restricted mix of face-to-face and distance learning. Placements should continue, although opportunities and availability will inevitably be reduced.

Current national vaccination plans mean that all frontline health and care professionals will be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine.

This applies wherever they work and whoever employs them and includes those working in the NHS, social care, private, independent and charitable sectors and students.

Following the most recent announcements of school closures, physiotherapy staff and students should be able to access key worker status for childcare purposes.

Visit our Coronavirus pages for regularly updated advice, information and resources.

Guidance for England

Guidance for Scotland

Guidance for Wales

Guidance for Northern Ireland

Guidance for Isle of Man

Guidance for Guernsey

Guidance for Jersey

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