The influence of a postgraduate clinical master’s qualification in manual therapy on the careers of physiotherapists in the United Kingdom

Ann S. Green, Jo Perry, Karen Harrison

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Abstract

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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139–147
JournalManual Therapy
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2007

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Keywords

  • Manual therapy
  • Physiotherapy careers
  • Postgraduate education

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