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Improving your CV: Tips for MSK physiotherapists

If you are a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with years of experience treating conditions as part of an outpatient or community-based caseload, moving into a more senior position may be one of your career goals. Yet, what should you highlight in your CV to make your application stand out above the rest?

1. Exhaustive expertise in MSK physiotherapy

You will already have the knowledge and ability to complete assessments, so think about the phrasing that you can use to really demonstrate your expertise and ability to manage complex musculoskeletal conditions. 

If you are looking to boost your career, you’ll need to incorporate any additional aptitudes which will demonstrate your knowledge above your core competencies. Think about the role that you’re applying for, so if have relevant aptitudes such as orthopaedic medicine techniques or even acupuncture or electrotherapy skills, make sure you highlight these first as it will be what the employer is looking for. 

2. Technical skills and the ability to use and adapt to a variety of EPR (Electronic-Patient Record) Systems

As the NHS moves towards a more digital documentation of patient records bringing together key clinical and administrative data in one place, you will need to be aware of the wide range of reporting systems used by NHS Trusts.

If you have experience in using different systems, try and make this clear as employers will look for someone who can efficiently use their preferred operating system. Not just physiotherapists, but people in roles as diverse as ultrasound practitioner, consultant radiographer and even dental nurse can benefit from showing off their technical skills.

3. Highlight your communication skills

You’ll be used to communicating with a variety of other health professionals as well as patients so use your CV to draw attention to any specific communication skills that you may have.
If you’ve got experience in working with patients with limited or distorted speech, make sure you refer to it as it will demonstrate your understanding and awareness of the non-verbal ways that your patient may communicate with you.

4. Proof of research, thorough analysis and evidence-based practice in treatment plans

What do you use to inform your current practice? Are you consistently monitoring your work and making improvements? Our clients want to hire candidates who engage in reflection and use evidence to inform their work with patients.

Also, do you have examples of how you adequately created a treatment plan, prescribed exercises and appropriately used treatment tools? What did you use to evaluate the success of the treatment? These are all this you may want to consider adding to your CV.

This may also include noting the effective management of diaries and discharges of patients to GPs.

5. Professional body registration and membership

If you are looking to apply for physiotherapy jobs you must be registered with the HCPC.
Don’t forget to add on any other professional memberships to your CV such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

Memberships such as these show proof of CPD, dedication and enthusiasm, which could set you apart from other candidates.
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