In the UK, most physiotherapists work within the wide variety of specialities offered by the NHS, including burns and plastics, healthcare of the elderly, maternity, mental health, neurology, orthopaedics, out-patients, paediatrics, respiratory and women's health. However, there are many other settings including research and academia, charitable organisations, industry, special schools, sports centres, the armed forces, social services and veterinary practices.
Graduate Sport Rehabilitators (GSR's) are employed in a range of sport, health and occupational settings. The Ministry of Defence employs GSR's and many work in private practice, with professional teams, clubs and the leisure industry. Starting salary is similar to physiotherapists. There are also opportunities in research and/or teaching.
A newly qualified physiotherapist working in the NHS can expect to be employed at Band 5 with a salary ranging from £23,023 up to £29,608. With career progression and development there is the prospect of applying for senior clinical posts, for example, Band 6 specialist physiotherapist, Band 7 specialist physiotherapist/team leader, and Band 8 clinical specialist physiotherapist/advanced practitioner.*
98.6% of undergraduates from the School of Health Sciences secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,000.**
* Correct as of 1 April 2018
** Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.