The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is the sole international organisation representing physical therapists worldwide. It is dedicated to promoting the profession and improving global health. The WCPT recognises the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists as the sole authoritative body for physical therapy in Ireland.
Physiotherapy is a health profession concerned with helping to restore well-being to people following injury, pain or disability.
Using knowledge from our extensive scientific background of human anatomy and physiology, Chartered Physiotherapists can help to:
- Assess, diagnose and treat conditions and illnesses that affect people in all ages and social groups.
- Assist a patient to prevent injury in the workplace or on the sports field
- Promote healthier lifestyles for all
Chartered Physiotherapists use mainly physical means such as exercise, manipulation, mobilisation, massage and electrical modalities to help patients achieve their full potential. While traditionally, physiotherapy was regarded as rehabilitative and mainly hospital-based, the profession has expanded greatly into other health care areas. We have invaluable expertise to offer in educational and preventative roles in the community, the workplace and in private practice.
Because the scope of the physiotherapy profession is so broad and varied, many Chartered Physiotherapists choose to specialise in one or two particular fields. However, Chartered Physiotherapists are all dedicated to the same goals:
- To help people achieve their full potential following injury, pain or disability
- To provide a health service that is accessible, effective and humanitarian
- To continue to undertake scientific research and training to improve our service
- To provide a service that is based on high standards of care and practice
The title “Physiotherapist” alone is not evidence of a formal qualification in Physiotherapy. A Chartered Physiotherapist is a specialised member of the health care team. We are recognised by the medical professions and the Department of Health.
The title “Chartered Physiotherapist” and the initials MISCP indicate that a physiotherapist is a member of the professional regulating body, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Chartered Physiotherapists have the high level of education, knowledge and experience needed to give a high quality and effective service to patients. When you attend a Chartered Physiotherapist, you can be sure of:
- A professional, scientific approach to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of your complaint;
- Seeing a therapist who has qualified with a University degree and who is committed to continuing education and research.
Chartered Physiotherapists are recognised and covered by VHI, Vivas and other health insurance schemes.