Thinking of private practise?
Chartered physiotherapists have always had the freedom to choose where they work. Recently an increasing number are choosing to work in private practice.
Are you suited?
Have you got what it takes? Really got what it takes, to go out on your own? Sure you may be a great physiotherapist, but do you possess the essential business skills and personal traits required to make private practice work?
What do you need?
Commitment - Can you work incredibly hard, all day, everyday? Starting a physiotherapy practice will involve a lot of hard work. It may initially involve working late nights, weekends. You will need to be committed to making your business work.
Motivation - Linked to commitment is your motivation, especially, self-motivation. This is not the same as being pushed to do something because someone else tells you to or because something else demands you do. It has to come from within you. It has to come from your energy, your discipline, your focus.
What things do I need to consider?
Location -What is the need for therapy in your area? How many other therapy practices are in your area? If there are lots of therapy practices in your area it is usually a good sign that there is a high demand for physiotherapists. If you live in a remote area it may be more difficult to find the required number of patients to expand your practice.
Equipment - The types of equipment required will depend on what types of patients you are treating and where you are treating them.
Fees - What do you want to charge for your services? It is a good idea to look at how much physiotherapists are charging in your local area do give an idea of how much you can charge.
Where will my patients come from?
For physiotherapists setting up a practice where to find patients will be of extreme importance. There are four principal sources of patients.
- Those referred by GP's.
- Self referring patients.
- Those referred by health insurance companies.
- Referrals from others.
Want to get started?
So you want to get started and establish your own physiotherapy practice. What are your options:
- Buy an existing practice - This is good if you want to start your practice with a large caseload. The downside is it will cost more than building up your practice from scratch.
- Set up a new practice - Want to start up your own practice? There are a few options to chose from; domiciliary, work from home, rent a room in a gym or clinic premises. Starting a new practice can be hard work, but the benefits of a successful practice can make it all worthwhile.
- Start a treating a few patients whilst keeping your existing job - Treating an occasional private patient is a common way many physiotherapists enter private practice. Treating the occasional patient may lead to a gradual increase in referrals and the build-up of a successful practice.
How can Physio123 help?
A vital part of establishing a private practice is ensuring that those who can use your services, your potential market, know you exist!
This is where Physio123 will help. We can design you a website and effectively market your physiotherapy practice. This will let potential patients know about you from day one. Physio123 will continue to promote your practice to build up your client base. Using Physio123 will generate more patients for your practice, adding to your practices success.
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