Bhutan: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Bhutan Society of Physiotherapy 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 questions or feedback please contact [email protected]

Reference year: 2019

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Summary report for Bhutan
Summary report
Professional name
Official names:
  • "Ngo Kham Rigten Menche Drung Tsho"/ Physiotherapist   (Protected by law)
  • Allied health professional   (Protected by law)
  • Rehabiltiation professional   (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
33
Female%
42%
 
Entry level student organisation:
No
Practicing physical therapists
Number of practicing physical therapists:
40    (Authoritative*)
Female%:
45%
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
Yes
Note: *this data has come from a registration authority, a government source or statistical agency.
Publications
Journals:
None
Events
CPD Events:
None
Special interest groups recognised by Bhutan
Recognised special interest groups:
None
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
0
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional programmes
None
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Bhutan
Recognised specialisation:
  • Amputee rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Educators in physical therapy
  • Electrophysical agents
  • Information management and technology
  • Management/administration (includes leadership, medico-legal, professional standards and best practice)
  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Occupational health and ergonomics
  • Older people
  • Oncology/palliative care
  • Pain (includes pain management, pain research)
  • Paediatrics
  • Policy
  • Private practitioners
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
  • Disability and Rehabilitation
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
 
Education for autonomous practice:
None
 
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:
Unknown
 
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:
Yes
 
The system of regulation in the country/territory:
1. Professional code of conduct and ethics by the Bhutan Medical and Health Regulations 2005. www.bmhc.gov.bt 2. Bhutan Civil Service Rules 2018 by Royal Civil Service Commission 3. Professional Code of Conduct and Ethics by Bhutan Society of Physiotherapy.
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development