Bahamas: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Bahamas Association of Physiotherapists 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 countryprofile@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2018

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Summary report for Bahamas
Professional name
English name:
Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist  (Not protected by law)
National language names:
  • Physiotherapist/ Physical Therapist  (Not protected by law)
  • Physio  (Not protected by law)
  • PT  (Not protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
24
Female%
83%
 
Entry level student organisation:
No
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
73    (Authoritative*)
Female%:
86%
 
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 Bahamas
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Aquatics
  • Health promotion (includes non-communicable/chronic disease management, physical activity)
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Occupational health and ergonomics
  • Oncology/palliative care
  • Private practitioners
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
No
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
0
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
None
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Bahamas
Recognised specialisation:
  • Aquatics
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Occupational health and ergonomics
  • Oncology/palliative care
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
  • No
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:
None
Limitations:
N/A
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Refer to other specialists/services
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
No
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
No
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
No
Limitations:
No
* 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:
No
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
All the necessary registration requirements are contained within this website: http://www.hpcbahamas.com/extractphysiotherapy.doc
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2013  2015  2017