Germany: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by German Association for 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 Germany
Professional name
Official names:
  • Physiotherapeut/Physiotherapeutin  (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
21,452
Female%
Not available
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by the WCPT member organisation
Practicing physical therapists
Number of practicing physical therapists:
197,000    (Authoritative*)
Female%:
Not available
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
No
Note: *this data has come from a registration authority, a government source or statistical agency.
Publications
Journals:
None
Events
CPD Events:
*1  Physio-Akademie gGmbH is the official institute of the member organisation and organising CPD courses
Special interest groups recognised by Germany
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Aquatics
  • Animal practice
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Educators in physical therapy
  • Electrophysical agents
  • Health promotion (includes non-communicable/chronic disease management, physical activity)
  • 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
  • Private practitioners
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
287
Finishing education level (minimum):
Diploma
Equivalent fulltime years:
3
 
Entry level programmes
  • Diploma
  • Bachelors degree
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 2011 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional programmes
  • Masters degree
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Germany
Recognised specialisation:
  • Animal practice
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Educators in physical therapy
  • Electrophysical agents
  • Health promotion (includes non-communicable/chronic disease management, physical activity)
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Older people
  • Pain (includes pain management, pain research)
  • Paediatrics
  • Private practitioners
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
  • yes
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities
Standards of practice:
Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
 
Education for autonomous practice:
No
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • 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/territory:
Physiotherapists are awarded the title physiotherapist through the relevant health authority in charge. Those who completed the education successfully in Germany normally are awarded the title through the local health authority. Physiotherapists from outside Germany have to apply for recognition at the public authority in charge of recognition at the future place of residence, in most cases this is at the regional council. All addresses are to be found through http://anabin.kmk.org/no_cache/filter/anerkennungs-und-beratungsstellen-in-deutschland.html - search for physiotherapists.
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2017  2018