Over the last decade there has been potential for manual therapists to extend their roles and develop their careers. In order to explore the career pathways of a group of postgraduate manual therapists and to identify the influence of Master’s education on those careers, a postal questionnaire was sent to all graduates from a clinically based programme (response rate 62.3%, n ¼ 48, with representation from each year over a 10-year period). All the respondents were still working in physiotherapy and the majority had a clinical element to their role (83%). The new career framework, which seeks to enable therapists to progress their careers and retain a clinical work load is demonstrated within this sample, with 6.2% achieving Consultant Therapist roles, 14.4% in Extended Scope Practitioner posts and 16.6% working as Clinical Specialists. Positive contributions from Master’s education were the status of the qualification, improved clinical skills and increased confidence. Negative factors were less clinical ‘hands-on’ within their roles, lack of time and an increase in management responsibilities. Findings suggest that Master’s education has enabled the participants to take on the new roles that
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- Manual therapy
- Physiotherapy careers
- Postgraduate education