Ukraine: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Ukrainian Association of Physical Therapy and to the extent possible are a true reflection of the situation in the country, however not all figures are authoritative and should be interpreted accordingly. For definitions and metadata please refer to the data guide. For questions or feedback please contact info@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2017

Professional title
English title:
Specialiist of Physical Rehabilitation  (Not protected by law)
National language titles:
  • Specialist of Physical Rehabilitation, Physical Therapist  (Not protected by law)
  • Physical Therapist  (Not protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
142    (Excluding assistants, students, retired and other)
Female : Male ratio:
1.22 : 1
 
Entry level student organisation:
No
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
142        (Estimated)
Female : Male ratio:
1.22 : 1
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
No
Publications
Journals:
None
Events
CPD Events:
None
Special interest groups recognised by Ukraine
Recognised special interest groups:
None
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
KNGF
Project supported by the Dutch Government and implemented with the National Assembly of Disabled of Ukraine.
 
National Assembly of People with Disabilities (NAPD) and in partnership with UCP Wheels for Humanity
UAPT in cooperation with National Assembly of People with Disabilities (NAPD) and in partnership with UCP Wheels for Humanity are implementing the Training, Economic Empowerment, Assistive Technology, and Medical/Physical (Re)habilitation services (TEAM) project in Ukraine. The main goal of the project is to provide comprehensive professional training, direct services, and economic empowerment for people with disabilities (PWD) that will result in higher level of independence and improvement of life quality of PWD in general.
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
5
Starting education level (minimum):
Masters degree
Finishing education level (minimum):
Masters degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
5
Other entry level programmes
Starting education level
Finishing education level(s)
Secondary
None
Upper Secondary
Graduate diploma
Diploma
Graduate diploma
Bachelors degree
Masters degree
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
Masters degree,  Professional doctorate,  Research doctorate
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Ukraine
Recognised specialisation:
None
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
Ministry of Health or another government department
Standards of practice:
Yes, the WCPT member organisation specific standard
Code of conduct:
Yes, WCPT member organisation specific code of conduct
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Unknown
Limitations:
Unknown
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
Yes
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Act as first contact/autonomous practitioners
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Make a diagnosis
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Refer to other specialists/services
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
Yes
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
Yes
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
Yes
Limitations:
Yes
* Direct access - a person can refer themselves to a physical therapist without referral from another health professional
Regulation
Registration required to practice:
No
CPD* required for re-registration:
No
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
The profession 'specialist in physical rehabilitation' is partly regulated by the government at the national level. The Ministry of Social Affairs provides working places in the institutions, subordinated to that Ministry. Ministry of Health doesn't provide working places in the hospitals. In the hospitals physical therapists work in the position of the nurses, massage therapists and instructors of remedial gymnastics. Physical therapists work in NGOs, rehabilitation centres, private practice as physical therapists.
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2013