Estonia: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Estonian 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: 2015

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Professional title
English title:
Physiotherapist  (Protected by law)
National language titles:
  • Füsioterapeut  (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
250          (as at 31 December 2016)
Female : Male ratio:
13 : 1
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by an independent organisation
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
800        (Estimated)
Publications
Journals:
None
 
Special interest groups recognised by Estonia
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Mental health
  • Occupational health and ergonomics
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
No
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
2
Starting education level (minimum):
Upper secondary
Finishing education level (minimum):
Diploma
Equivalent fulltime years:
3
 
Other entry level programmes
No
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
Masters degree
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Estonia
Recognised specialisation:
None
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
Ministry of Health or another government department
Standards of practice:
No
Code of conduct:
Scope of practice defined by:
Ministry of Health or another government department
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Yes
Limitations:
Yes - The first contact (in the means of direct access) is possible only in private sector.
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
 
Direct access* permitted:
Yes
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
Yes
Will this be reimbursed:
In part
 
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:
No
CPD* required for re-registration:
Yes
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
Regulation national body is Estonian Qualifications Authority, whose objectives are: manage the state register of professions as an authorised processor of the register. The professional qualifications system forms part of the Estonian qualifications system which links the educational system and the labour market and endorses lifelong learning and the development of professional competence, assessment, recognition and comparison.EstQF is a part of European Qualification Framework. EstQF is acting by following legal acts: http://www.kutsekoda.ee/en/kutsesysteem/oigusaktidkutseseadus
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2013