Working in the United States is already exciting, there are plenty of states and specialties to choose from. While my husband and I plan to travel around the US, we also plan to travel to the United Kingdom since he holds a British passport and his entire family resides there (not to mention the beautiful countryside). I have decided to research in advance how to transfer my education so I am able to work as a physiotherapist in the UK. To be a qualified physiotherapist, the applicant must apply to the Health Professions Council (HPC). The HPC has required standards of proficiency which is used to evaluate the candidate. The education must be similar and not lacking that of a BSc of Physiotherapy in the United Kingdom. And though not required, it is advised to be a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP), which is analogous to the APTA.
The application process through the HPC looks relatively simple but involved. There are a number of forms to fill out about previous history and references, but it all gets sent together. In the international application packet, the applicant is required to submit:
• Registration Details, contact details
• Regulatory Body membership (from the applicant’s home country)
• Professional Body membership (APTA)
• Character and health self-declaration
• Education and Training (there is also a supplemental form for this which outlines all courses taken relevant to physiotherapy)
• Language Proficiency
• Career History
• Professional References (2), Character reference, health reference
• Paying the fee (currently is £420)
Once the application has been submitted, the HPC says to allow 8-12 weeks for processing, and that the applicant should apply while still living in their home country. The HPC will decide if the applicant meets the UK standards for practice. If the candidate Applicants applying from within the European Union and does not meet the criteria, that person is allowed a “period of adaptation.” Being from outside the EU, applicants are not allowed that same period, they are sent a letter which emphasizes their shortfall. The applicant may reapply at any time (but will have to send in the entire application and application fee).
The HPC outlines their criteria of practicing physiotherapists in “Standards of Proficiency, Physiotherapists.” I have not found a document...