There are several ways to get physio, via referral from your GP, a referral after a hospital attendance or you can choose to self-refer via the NHS. Alternatively you can choose to use a private physiotherapist.
NHS referrals for physio will usually be to your local hospital physio department, and usually in relation to an ongoing complaint. Average referral times can vary from region to region, and in some cases can take several weeks (it may be even longer due to the pandemic).
NHS Self-referral is not available in all areas, to find out if your area offers the service you need to check with your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). You can find you local CCG on the NHS website here
Waiting lists for NHS physiotherapy could be long, and you may decide to have private treatment instead. If you do choose private treatment you will have to pay, with costs varying by region, though the average ranges from £30-£40 per session, and some treatments may require multiple sessions.
When choosing a private physiotherapist, make sure they’re:
In most cases you will pay for your private treatment after your session, though some physiotherapists may have payment plans that may help you, especially if your treatment is going to take multiple sessions.
If you are employed, it may be possible for your employer to contribute to your treatment – see Physio for Employers
Some employers offer employment benefit perks that may include medical cover, either an insurance scheme (for example Aviva) or a mutual scheme (Westfield Health). You may also have your own medical cover.
If you have medical cover – you should check your policy to see if they offer physiotherapy and any steps you need to follow to claim this cover.