Advanced practitioner Physiotherapists (APPs)/Extended scope practitioners (ESPs) are Physiotherapists working at a high level of expertise who have advanced knowledge and skills in specialised clinical areas. Advanced practitioners in addition to Physiotherapists could include other professions such as Podiatrists, Occupational Therapists (OT) working in advanced practice roles with advanced knowledge and skills in their specialist area. To achieve this, an Advanced Practitioner must undergo advanced post graduate training and qualifications thorough universities and work based learning beyond their basic undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy. Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapists, OTs and Podiatrists will work to standards as set out in British law and regulated by the Health Care & Professions Council (HCPC).
APPs/ESPs specialise in a number of treatments, including:
- Advanced rehabilitation
- Injection therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapies
- Prescribing medicines to treat MSK conditions
Knowledge on referrals for surgery, advanced complex medical conditions and post-surgery