Student Information

Information for Students

We take on placements for University students, but not U18s. We do this because we want to help students and we want to support students.

This video is a good place to start:

Here is another video made by one of our students which will give you an insight into what to expect:

Out Ethos:

To provide the highest quality of treatment and care to our patients

To support our communities where we work

To communicate effectively and professionally with our patients and colleagues.

Our 3 main rules:

1. No politics. We have no bad feelings around the clinic. Don’t get yourself into politics especially if you are sharing your placement with another student. Our work environment is not a competition. It’s a safe proactive place.

2. Say bye to your colleagues before you leave. It helps us know who is on-site, and is just a nice thing to do.

3. If you see any food left out, you are welcome to eat it!

I thought it might be a good idea to share a few other expectations:

Lunch: Please bring your own lunch.

Times: On most days you will start at 8am, and typically finish at 5pm, but sometimes the days and times will vary on the physio availability, local opening times, and physio hours. It might be you work a long day e.g. 8am to 7pm, but then you have a day off in the week. Stay flexible.

Dress Code:
In a GP Practice:Preferably black trousers, smart shoes, and smart top.
In a clinic: As above, or sporty.
Absolutely no jeans.

Things we all have to do: All of our physios have to do admin, so we ask you to do some as well. Such things may include picking up the telephone, helping out on the front desk, running errands, and generally helping out around the office. We all have to help out with cleaning too, so we will ask you to do it. You will likely be asked to do recycling. You might need to fill ultrasound or massage bottles. These are all day-to-day things we do so you will need to as well. We will guide you on what we need.

Polo Shirt: We’ll usually give you two polo shirts, one of which you can keep, one we ask you to return at the end of your placement washed and ironed.

Get Involved: Help out, do exercises plans for patients, write notes, do some hands-on treatment, contribute in discussions, and ask your lead clinician any questions.

Reading Material: One of the best books you can read prior to starting your placement is Brukner and Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine:

Social Media

Please tweet and share Instagram and linked-in messages about your experiences at the clinic.


For Twitter, tag:


If you do any exercise prescription, tag:


Never share any personal patient information.

If you wish, we can add you to our WhatsApp group where you can share info with other clinicians and generally get a vibe for the team spirit.

Placement Set-Up

You will be allocated a Physio Trainer who will look after you throughout the placement period (usually between 4 and 6 weeks). Depending on where you live, you may be placed into:

Primary Care: shadowing a First Contact Practitioner

Outpatient NHS physiotherapy clinic: shadowing a Physio

Private Practice: shadowing a Physio

We try to match students to a work location closest to where they live, taking into account factors such as what we have available, physio provision available, and your transport options (e.g. if you drive or not). Basically, we’ll try to place you as close to home as we can.

Placement Locations:

Croydon Physio, 1 Upper Selsdon Rd, CR2 8DD

Surrey Physio, 2 Coleridge Ave, SM1 3RQ

Mitcham Physio, 409-411 London Rd, CR4 4BG.

The Border Practice, Blackwater Way, GU12 4DN.

Farnborough Physio, 208 Farnborough Rd, GU14 7JN.

First Contact Practitioner Sites in GP practices in Croydon, Wandsworth, Surrey Heath, Brighton, North-East London (Havering, Dagenham), NE Hants (Farnborough, Aldershot), Lambeth.

As you Progress

As you build confidence, and if you are competent, we may invite you to see patients on your own (although supervision will be on-site) for 1-2 sessions during the week. This will usually involve exercise prescription, advice and guidance. If the session is face to face, you may utilise any manual therapy or electrotherapy skills you have learned to date.


Bring any paperwork from your University with you. We will ask you to fill out the majority of your own paperwork. We can assist with this, of course. We will sign and provide feedback at the half-way point of your placement and the end of your placement. Just prepare as much of the paperwork as you can prior to getting the physio to fill in their section.

We look forward to welcoming you to Surrey Physio and our #greatteam.