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Practicing physiotherapists in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2018

In 2018, there were over 29.5 thousand practicing physiotherapists employed in the health sector in the United Kingdom. This is an increase from the year 2000, when there were around 19.4 thousand physiotherapists employed in the country.

Frequency of visiting physios in the UK

  As of 2018, there were 33 percent of individuals in the UK who were living with a long-standing limiting health condition or illness. This was higher than the share of those in other similar sized Western European countries such as Spain and France, but below 40 percent of the German population living with a long-term health condition. Five percent of people in the UK say they visit a physical or occupational therapist at least three times a year. Overall, 19 percent of those in the UK will visit a physical or occupation therapist at least once a year. 

Other healthcare positions also increasing

  Across the same time period, the number of physicians in the UK has increased by over 63 percent resulting in approximately 189 thousand employed physicians in 2018. The number of practicing nurses in the UK has also increased between 2000 and 2018, but at a lot lower rate, to approximately 517 thousand nurses in 2018. 

Number of practicing physiotherapists employed in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2018

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Release date

July 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

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