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The terms “physiotherapy”, “physiotherapist”, “physical therapy” and “physical therapist” are not licensed terms in Ireland. These terms describe the same profession / professional and are seen as standard international definitions. In the UK, USA, Canada and Australia for instance, these terms are licensed where only those licensed may use the titles. The main function of licensure is to protect public safety. To combat this problem we therefore set minimum criteria for our courses. This is to ensure minimum professional standards while training and also to protect the public. We define physiotherapy and physical therapy as terms to describe the same profession as per standard international definition (World Confederation for Physical Therapy). Attendees using the title ‘physiotherapist’ or ‘physical therapist’ must meet ONE of the following criteria: 1. Membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) 2. Physiotherapist employed by the Health Service Executive 3. Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP - UK) 4. Member of an organisation whom is a partner of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). The WCPT represents 101 countries (as at Jan 2011) and is the only
The World Confederation for Physical Therapy recognises the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists as the sole authoritative body for physical therapy in Ireland.
The terms “physiotherapy”, “physiotherapist”, “physical therapy” and “physical therapist” are not licensed terms in Ireland. These terms describe the same profession / professional and are standard international definitions. In the UK, USA, Canada and Australia these are licensed titles. The main function of regulation is to protect public safety and ensure professional standards. CORU is the health regulation and social professions council in Ireland and is planning to enact the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. Rational regulation of physiotherapy / physical therapy is urgently required. As an example consider what the lack of regulation (and/or lack of enforcement) did within the banking sector in Ireland and abroad. Until the Department of Health regulates physiotherapy / physical therapy we will set eligibility criteria for attendance at our courses. This is to ensure minimum professional standards and also to protect the public. We define physiotherapy and physical therapy as terms to describe the same profession as per standard international definition (World Confederation for Physical Therapy). For a list of WCPT countries and organisations - click here
The World Confederation for Physical Therapy recognises the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists as the sole authoritative body for physical therapy in Ireland.
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