Practice resources

WCPT provides physical therapists with information and resources on professional standards, regulation, evidence based practice, and service delivery, to support them in delivering high quality and effective physical therapy services.

Evidence based practice

WCPT provides online access to a wealth of materials that will support physical therapists in providing effective practice. This includes information on online journals and databases, clinical guidelines and methodological support. WCPT also has a policy statement on EBP.


Professional regulation protects the public by ensuring that physical therapists provide safe and competent care/services.  WCPT produces a policy statement on regulation, guideline on regulation, a keynote paper on regulation and details of events addressing regulation.

Scope of practice

WCPT publishes policy documents and ethical principles defining the scope of practice, and publishes information on advanced scope of practice. WCPT's description of physical therapy sets out the scope of practice and roles of physical therapists, while recognising that there is diversity internationally.

Direct access

WCPT publishes a range of information about direct access and patient self-referral to physical therapy, and links to useful resources showing its effectiveness. WCPT has also carried out its own research to develop a global profile of direct access to physical therapy.

Disability access to employment

WCPT supports international policies underpinning the inclusion of people with disabilities in employment and society; this extends to access to physical therapist professional entry level education and support in practice. This section includes WCPT's own resources, and sources of information from others.

Human resources

WCPT provides information about projects, publications and events addressing the need for appropriately structured human resources in health provision.