Steps to take to work in Northern Ireland/UK

  • Registration with Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Registration with Chartered Society of Physiotherapists 



Health and Care Professionals Council, regulates health, psychological and social work professionals


Where do I start?

  First of all, visit the HCPC website and follow the instructions. Prospective registrants from outside the UK need to apply through the ‘international registration’ route. You need to be a member of HCPC before you can join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

What is required to register?

They have changed the requirements of registration which will probably apply to us as the new regulations have to be used from the 4th of July onwards. They require at least one professional reference (Character referee must know candidate for a minimum of three years) a background check consent form and completion of the international application form and the equality and diversity monitoring forms available from the website.


How long will it take?

HPC acknowledge receipt of application or return of incomplete application within 8 weeks. Conduction of background checks and application assessment takes a further 8 weeks to complete.However they may be faster than this depending on the time of the year so get your applications in immediately in July to avoid the rush!


When can I apply?

From available resources, we have been informed that the HCPC will accept your registration prior to graduation if you have to wait a few months. This can be done once you provide your examination results and a letter from your school confirming that you have passed your degree whilst also filling in the course information form available on the website


What are the costs?

The fee to register with the HCPC is £420, which is called a scrutiny fee. This should be sent with your application forms but it is non-refundable.

Your registration is biennial (two-yearly). The physiotherapists 'professional year’ runs from the 1st of May to the 30th of April.

Following acceptance for admission to the Register, a registration fee of £76 per year is payable. The amount covers a profession’s two year registration cycle with the HCPC and the certificate and registration number cannot be issued until payment is received in full.


What are possible outcomes to your application process?

There are several possible outcomes:
• Acceptance for admission to the Register.
• Refusal of the admission to the Register.
• Requirement to complete an adaptation period in order to reach the standard required to be registered with us (commonly known as period of adaptation, POA). In this case the applicant may request an Aptitude Test in place of the adaptation period.
• Request of further verification or invitation to attend a Test of Competence (TOC) based on the professions’ Standards of Proficiency.

What salary could I expect if I was working in the United Kingdom? The starting salary for a physiotherapist in The National Health Service (NHS) is £21,176-£27,625 (Band 5). This can rise to £25,528-£34,189 for specialist physiotherapists (Band 6) and £30,460-£40,157 for advanced physiotherapists (Band 7). Salaries in the private sector are generally similar to those in the NHS. (


What will it be like working with the NHS?

The NHS offers a generous amount of annual leave; 27 days to newly qualified physiotherapists. Physiotherapists typically work 37.5 hours a week. If employed by the NHS, physiotherapists may be based in hospitals, health centres, clinics or GP surgeries.



Chartered Society of Physiotherapists membership:

  • Applicant must be registered with HCPC
  • One off application fee: £195
  • Annual membership renewal fees: £320.04 for employed members, £147.60 for unemployed members, qualified graduate discount £120.
  • Contact our enquiry team via email or phone +44 (0)20 7306 6666 and request an application pack.

Locum Work 

Same process as above- registration with HCPC and CSP is necessary. 

However let the locum company know you have registered with HCPC as they many get application and interview process with them underway while your waiting to here from HCPC.

Some companies/resources below:

Randstad Care-


Locums Online-



Resources: (specific website for physiotherapists, recommended by the CSP)


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