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All You Need to Know About the Adaptation for Physiotherapist by HCPC

March 23, 2018

HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) is a regulator (professional body in the UK) set up to protect the public. HCPC keep a Register of health and care professionals (physiotherapists, OT’s etc.) who meet so called Standards of Proficiency relating to professional training, clinical skills, behaviour and health.

What is a period of adaptation for physiotherapist?
According to HCPC a period of adaptation is a period of supervised practice and/or academic training intended to make up for significant shortfalls identified by the HCPC assessor.
A period of adaptation for physiotherapists is supervised by a registered member of

In summary it means that physiotherapists moving from Europe into the UK have to register with HCPC and undergo various assessments in order to work legally in their chosen profession.
If the shortfalls and gaps are identified by the HCPC assessor, the candidates would be required to complete a period of adaptation.

Who is eligible for a period of adaptation?

There are 2 main criteria you need to meet in order to undergo adaptation training.

1. If you are a National of a 'Relevant European State' OR have 'acquired rights' i.e. you have married to a national of a 'Relevant European State'.
2. You are entitled to practice physiotherapy in one of the following countries;

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom.

How we can assist with adaptation training for physiotherapists
If you are required to undertake a period of adaptation, Monroe Medical NI Ltd can provide supervised training programmes and practical sessions in Kent, Luton, Birmingham and Belfast.

Advanced Training for Physiotherapists in Neurology, MSK and Respiratory

Our courses and practical sessions will prepare you to work as a professional through a combination of our modules, supervised home studies and clinical practice and physiotherapy placements in England or Northern Ireland.
This course is aimed to increase your knowledge and skills to be an autonomous physiotherapist.

Have you been asked to complete a period of adaptation?
If you have an HCPC Decision Letter please contact Monroe Medical NI Ltd for a free assessment and confidential discussion.
This intense course is a combination of the following:

  • Teaching

  • Mentoring

  • Supervised practical sessions

  • Consultations with HCPC Registered Senior Specialist Physiotherapists.

We offer a friendly and supportive service. A UK HCPC registered physiotherapist will assist you throughout the entire process.

If you require additional information please contact Monroe Medical NI Ltd via email or phone.

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Monroe Medical NI Ltd, Townsend Enterprise Park, 28 Townsend Street, Belfast, BT13 2ES

Tel: 02896009064

Mob: 07460320034

Monroe Medical is an introductory agency as defined by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and RQIA. We vet, check, train and introduce self-employed carers to clients. Monroe Medical is the trading name of Monroe Medical NI Ltd, a company registered in Northern Ireland (NI616503). 


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