Sudan: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Sudanese Physiotherapy Association 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

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Summary report for Sudan
Summary report
Professional title
English title:
Physiotherapist  (Partially protected by law)
National language titles:
  • اختصاصي علاج طبيعي   (Partially protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
45    (Excluding assistants, students, retired and other)
Female%
67%
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by the WCPT member organisation
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
400    (Estimated)
Female%:
67%
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
Yes
Publications
Journals:
None
Events
CPD Events:
None
Special interest groups recognised by Sudan
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Amputee rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Educators in physical therapy
  • Electrophysical agents
  • Health promotion (includes non-communicable/chronic disease management, physical activity)
  • Intellectual disability
  • Management/administration (includes leadership, medico-legal, professional standards and best practice)
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Occupational health and ergonomics
  • Older people
  • Oncology/palliative care
  • Pain (includes pain management, pain research)
  • Paediatrics
  • Private practitioners
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
No
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
8
Starting education level (minimum):
Secondary
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
4
Other entry level programmes
Starting education level
Finishing education level(s)
Secondary
Bachelors degree
Upper Secondary
Bachelors degree,  Masters degree
Diploma
Bachelors degree
Bachelors degree
Masters degree
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
Bachelors degree,  Masters degree
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Sudan
Recognised specialisation:
None
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
Ministry of Health or another government department
Standards of practice:
Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
Code of conduct:
Yes, the code of conduct of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Some
Limitations:
Yes - We have limitations on drug prescriptions and requesting some advanced diagnostic testing. As some local regulations doesn't allow physiotherapist to be the first contact and some health insurance companies .
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
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
Will this be reimbursed:
No
 
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:
Yes
CPD* required for re-registration:
Yes
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
ministry of human resources, The council of medical and health professions , physiotherapy institute (Lojun Alfadil Yassin - email : loja_koja@hotmail.com)
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2015