Working as a physiotherapist in the United Kingdom

This section offers resources for internationally qualified physiotherapists who want to work in the United Kingdom

As the CSP, we are the UK’s only physiotherapy-specific professional body. We are also an educational body and trade union for students and staff.

We have over 65,000 members across the UK. We campaign alongside members for better services for patients and better support and opportunities for staff and students.

We understand that deciding to come to work in the UK is a big decision. We hope you find information and resources here to support you in living and working within physiotherapy in the UK.

CSP support for internationally qualified physios

If you're an internationally qualified physiotherapist, then the CSP provides a number of services and resources to support you in your journey into and through working in the UK

Read about the support we offer you
CPD Advice

How to register as a physio in the UK

All physiotherapists practising in the UK are required by law to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Once registered, you can use the protected titles ‘physiotherapist’ or ‘physical therapist’.

Applying for UK registration
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Visa requirements for working in the UK

If you are not a British citizen you will need to apply for a visa from the UK Visas and Immigration Department before you can enter and work in the UK.

More about UK visas
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Finding a job in the UK

Learn about how to go about applying for your first job in the UK, and tips for interviews.

How to search and apply for jobs
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Advice for employers

With workforce supply presenting an issue across different settings, employers are looking abroad to fill gaps. Find out how to recruit and support internationally qualified physios.

Watch the webinar and read advice

Refugees and asylum seekers

Information on UK asylum and migration routes, and CSP membership for those seeking asylum from Ukraine and other places of conflict

Information for asylum-seekers
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CSP membership

Join over 60,000 physiotherapists, support workers and physio students and become part of our vibrant community with access to exclusive benefits.

Join the CSP today
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Studying in the UK

Answers to frequently asked questions about training to be a physio in this country.

What's it like to study here?
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Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to some of the most common questions about working as a physiotherapist in the UK.

There's also information about joining the CSP if you live and work outside the UK.

Read the FAQs
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