All Physio Éireann therapists are Chartered Physiotherapists, what does this mean and why is this important?
In Ireland the title of “Physiotherapist” or “Physical Therapist” alone is not evidence of a formal qualification in Physiotherapy. The title “Chartered Physiotherapist” indicates that a physiotherapist is University trained and is a member of the professional regulating body of Ireland, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP). This professional body ensures that high standards are met in relation to the training and life-long learning of physiotherapists. The ISCP ensures that all its members have completed three or four year University degrees; which includes over a thousand supervised clinical hours across a variety of health care specialities (neurology, musculoskeletal outpatients, respiratory, elderly care and orthopaedics). This ensures the therapist has sufficient training in general medicine to identify when serious pathology may be presenting as musculoskeletal pain.
As Chartered Physiotherapists the degrees Ciara, Oliver and Kat have are recognised internationally as having sufficient training to be safe, effective independent professionals and as such are recognised as Health Care Professionals by the Department of Health. The HSE and all health insurance companies in Ireland will only hire Chartered Physiotherapists. Additionally, Donegal GAA, the FAI and IRFU ensures all their players are treated by Chartered Physiotherapists. It ensures your physio is suitably qualified, insured and is continuously updating their skills.