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Press Release - Minister makes key decision to protect both titles of Physiotherapist and Physical Therapist in one register

The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) today welcomed the decision made by the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to also protect the title Physical Therapist  under section 95(3) of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 which will eliminate the ongoing risk of title confusion between Physiotherapist and Physical Therapist and the consequent risks to public safety.

A number of important events will now take place including the Physiotherapists Registration Board proceeding to establish its register which will provide for the protection of the title Physical Therapist as a variant of the title Physiotherapist as is the case already worldwide.

ISCP President Jill Long said “This is a great outcome for public protection and we warmly welcome it. Patients seeking treatment will have total confidence that the physiotherapist or physical therapist who treats them will be a state registered practitioner practicing at the level required by the State. Other than the registered practitioners no one else will be legally allowed  use either of these two titles. There was huge confusion amongst the public with the majority not knowing the difference between the two titles so we are now very satisfied that the ensuing risk to public safety is no more and Ireland has the exact  same standing here as the rest of the World. This momentous decision comes exactly ninety years after Chartered Physiotherapists first called for statutory regulation of the profession, it's been a long road of twists and turns but finally the public will have the protection to which it is entitled.”

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