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4 Dec 2019

Why work as a Physiotherapist Functional Assessor?

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At MSI, we are constantly talking to healthcare professionals who love their roles but struggle to maintain a good work-life balance with irregular shift patterns, or who are looking for a new challenge using their existing clinical training and skills.

If you’re a physiotherapist with at least two years’ experience, you could choose to work as a functional assessor. This is great career that gives you fixed working hours, excellent pay and built-in career progression. You’ll also get bank holidays off and will be working in a non-clinical environment.

What does a physiotherapist functional assessor do?

Functional assessor is still a relatively new role. It involves meeting face to face with patients, establishing the impact of their disabilities on their day to day life and preparing detailed clinical reports for the DWP.

What skills do you need?

You’ll need a good broad-based medical knowledge of physiotherapy and the ability and confidence to carry out accurate assessments. You’ll also need excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to write reports. Training is given to all new candidates.

What hours will you work?

As a physiotherapist working for the NHS, you’ll generally work around 37.5 hours a week, which could include evening, night and weekend shifts. Even in the private sector, physiotherapists often work in the evenings and weekends to suit the needs of their clients.

Physiotherapist Functional Assessors work a fixed Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, with no weekend work or awkward shift patterns. This makes it much easier to balance the demands of the role with home life, childcare and other commitments.

How much could you earn?

In the NHS, physiotherapists start at Band 5 of the Agenda for Change pay scale, which is between £24,000 and £30,000 per year.

One of the key benefits of working as a functional assessor is a starting salary of £38,000+, with a company pension and your HCPC fees paid for you. With training and development built in to the role, you can grow your skill set and your salary within just 6 months.

How can I find out more?

If you’re ready to say goodbye to irregular shifts and the pressures of working for the NHS, then get in touch with MSI today.

Call us on 0207 940 1971 or send your CV to permphysios@misgroupltd.com and we’ll help you find your ideal new role.

You can also browse our current physiotherapy jobs on our website.