Senior Physio Programme

About the Programme

Senior Physio Programme

It’s my intention that we develop our physio team into being the best physio team out there. Surrey Physio is already recognised throughout South England and London as being a leading physiotherapy clinic (group), and we do have an excellent reputation amongst GPs, consultants, and the public.

But its not enough.

We will make our physios the best out there.
Surrey Physio has never been in a stronger position. We have stable premises, a great team, a great admin team, so we are only going to move onwards and upwards.

The Plan:
  • To Increase staff training.
  • To encourage more shadowing and learning from each other.
  • To promote some of our physios to senior physios and then lead physios.
  • Improve team cohesiveness.

The Senior Physio Programme

To qualify for the Senior Physio award, you will need to have:

  • At least two years post-qualification experience.
  • AACP qualified acupuncture.
  • Sports Massage/Osteopathic techniques/Pilates training.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated a higher level of clinical skills.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to promote the clinic and your own success within Surrey Physio.

So how do I become a Senior Physio?

First, Email Tim to arrange a chat
Please email me to let me know your interest in becoming a Senior/Lead physio. Then we will work out a specific development plan for you. Then you should look to complete four competencies:

  • Reflective Practitioner

You will need to do a practice development plan and SWOT analysis to highlight which areas you need to work on. One of the key roles of being a Senior physiotherapist is that you must be a reflective practitioner, capable of taking feedback, and looking at your own development to work out ways to improve your own ability.
In addition you should record a significant event that has occurred in your practice, and also complete a reflective case study. As physio’s we spend a lot of time on our own with patients. So senior physios must be capable of looking at what has gone right, and what has gone wrong, and learning from those experiences.

  • Advanced Clinical Experience

You need to demonstrate that you have some good clinical skills. Are you confident treating all ranges of conditions and patients? Can you cope with chronic patients? Can you treat complicated spinal problems? Unless you have good clinical experience, you won’t be able to train others your skills and knowledge.

You should do:

  • At least one day’s workshop in osteopathic technique.
  • Be AACP acupuncture qualified.
  • Have a qualification in either sports taping, sports massage, or Pilates.

But the good news is, we will help you out towards the cost of some or all of the courses on a case-per-case basis.

In addition you would:

  • Demonstrate shadowing of a Lead Physio/Senior Physio.
  • Have the opportunity to be observed in clinic by a Lead Physio/Senior Physio.

Team Player and Communicator

Are you a team player? How can you demonstrate that? Perhaps you have helped organise some CPD, or done some training with the junior members of the team? Perhaps you have arranged a social event, or spent some time to provide assistance to a new member of the team.
Can you demonstrate you work well with the admin team? Are you in regular communication with the admin team, working towards common goals?
Also, can you show you can work with an Inter-disciplinary team? Can you demonstrate referral to consultants, MRI scans and colleagues?
Also, are you able to show that you have done some supporting/training for newer members of the team?

  • Promoter

And how successful are you? A good physio is a popular physio, capable to giving such a great service that patients want to come back to see you. You work out a treatment plan for your patients, and you see them through a course of treatment. When they have finished treatment, they are so pleased with their programme that they recommend your services or provide testimonials.


At some point during your programme, you will need to sit a written and/or clinical exam.
You will be given a mock exam so you know what to expect and also some reading material. But most of the questions will be “things you should know” as an advanced practitioner. They might include anatomy, technique demonstration, or clinical management. The questions will all cover the four competencies. It is envisaged the exam will last one hour and be done under the supervision of the practice manager.

Checklist to becoming a Senior Physio




    1. Reflective Practitioner

SWOT Analysis




Significant Event Analysis


Reflective Case Study

    2. Advanced Clinical Experience

Osteopathic technique course


Sports Massage/Pilates/Sports Taping


AACP acupuncture


Evidence of treating chronic patients


Evidence of treating acute patients


Shadowing a Senior Physio


Being shadowed by a Lead/Senior Physio

    3. Team Player

Organising some CPD?


Supporting Juniors


Demonstrate referral to other colleagues


In regular communication with admin team

    4. Promoter

What have you done to help develop the clinic?


Demonstrate you can offer a great service to patients.



Complete a written/clinical exam.


Tim Allardyce
Surrey Physio, 2005-
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