Physiotherapy Added to Critical Skills List

We are delighted to announce that following a submission and lengthy advocacy work from the ISCP, the Government have announced the physiotherapy has been added to the critical skills list.

This is in response to a shortage of available physiotherapists to take up job offers in public health and private practice settings.

Damien English TD, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail said "Adding the role of dietician to the critical skilled list and the inclusion of Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Speech and Language Therapists among the occupations now eligible for an employment permit will help the sector address recruitment difficulties, which have been exacerbated by COVID-19 as well as the significant planned expansion in HSE recruitment."

ISCP CEO, Ruaidhri O’Connor, welcomed the government announcement and said “This is a very positive response by government to the ISCP submission will help address the significant recruitment difficulties affecting private physiotherapy practices in the last 18 to 24 months as a result of a shortage of available physiotherapists to take up vacant posts. This shortfall was also beginning to emerge as an issue in the public health services, so this is a win win situations for physiotherapy patients in being able to access more swiftly much needed physiotherapy services across a range of conditions in both settings.”



Ireland has 97 physiotherapists per 100,000 population, ranked 13th out of 27; it is well below the
EU average of 126 per 100,000 people and is ranked 14th out of 45 countries globally (OECD, 2018)
The European Commission (2012) predicted shortages of physiotherapists (along with dentists and
pharmacists) in the EU that would result in 13.5% of care not being delivered (an Action Plan for
the EU Health Workforce – European Commission (2012).

Additional details from our submission available here

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