Scope of practice

These pages define the scope of the profession and individual scope of practice. 

They offer guidance, along with a series of prompt questions to support you through a decision-making process of how your current or a new area of practice aligns with the scope of the profession.

Understanding scope of practice

The scope of practice of physiotherapy in the UK is defined as any activity undertaken by a physiotherapist that may be situated within the four pillars of physiotherapy practice. 

Your individual scope of practice describes the physiotherapy work that you are educated, trained and competent to carry out. This will be unique to you and is influenced by your career, experience and development. 

Understanding scope
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Why scope of practice matters

All physiotherapists must have appropriate indemnity (Insurance cover) as a condition of their registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The HCPC, regulates the physiotherapy profession and you must work within the HCPC standards and your scope of practice in order to maintain your registration to practice as physiotherapist.

Why scope matters
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Establishing your scope of practice

To do this you need to work through a series of prompt questions. These cover the scope of the profession, the evidence base and risk mitigation.

Work through all of the questions and answers, even if you answer ‘no’ to any of them. Then, to make a decision about your scope of practice, reflect on your answers and the personal justifications that you have given.

Answer the prompt questions
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