Since January 2018 the title ‘Physical Therapist’ has been protected and is administered for the exclusive use of Physiotherapists by CORU.
CORU is Ireland’s multi-profession health regulator.
Their role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals.
CORU was set up under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended)
It is made up of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the Registration Boards, one for each profession named in our Act.
The professions to be regulated are:
- Clinical Biochemists
- Counsellors and Psychotherapists
- Medical Scientists
- Social Care Workers
CORU currently has registers open for the following professions:
- Dietitians / Dieticians
- Occupational Therapists
- Radiographers and Radiation Therapists
- Social Workers
- Speech and Language Therapists / Speech Therapists
- Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians
The ANMPT warmly welcomed the decision made by the (then) Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to protect the title ‘Physical Therapist’ under section 95(3) of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.
Since January 2018, only physiotherapists are legally allowed to identify themselves as a physical therapist. It was widely accepted from the outset of the establishment of the National Forum For Complementary Medical Therapies (established by the Department of Health and Children under the auspices of the then minister Micheál Martin) that this title would, in time, be protected along with a number of other specialties.
Neuromuscular Therapists can continue to feel confident in providing physical therapy to their patients/clients and in playing a lead role in the future of complementary medical therapy in Ireland as Neuromuscular Therapy moves towards state regulation. Patients who are actively seeking a professional therapist specialising in myofascial and chronic pain, rather than a professional trained to work in the hospital setting, will now have any misunderstanding that may have existed removed.
ANMPT and NTC will continue to work within the National Forum to secure state registration for Neuromuscular Therapists at the appropriate time. ANMPT membership protects our members’ best interests and, in turn, protects the interests of the general public.
We have been, and will continue to stay, in communication with the relevant authorities, and we look forward to any new developments that will benefit both our members and the general public into the future.