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is there demand for an english speaking physio?

Hi there,

Im just looking for a little bit of advice really.

I am an English physio that has just moved to Basel with my wife.
I have left my jobs (NHS and private) and am wondering if there would be a demand for an English physio for the expat community in Basel.

I don't know what the standard of physio is like in Basel, so I would appreciate any good/bad experiences that you would care to share.
I am basically trying to ascertain if there is a niche in the market here in basel that I could fill.

My 'high german' is basic at the moment and so my 'swiss german' is fairly limited as you may imagine, so clinically, I would be currently restricting myself to the English speaking world.

I would just appreciate an thoughts that people would care to share,,,,,,,,,


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Thanks for reading, and hope you enjoy switzerland as much as I am doing!!

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Old 29.06.2010, 23:46
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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

In short - I think the answer is probably YES.

Although a lot of medically-type-people do speak English here and in general the standard of all types of care is very high, I think a lot lot lot of people would prefer to see someone who speaks very good English i.e. is an English speaker. I think you could easily carve out a niche with the gigantic expat community who often just don't know where to go for such things.

In fact if you can do something about my painful heel I'd be on your doorstep in the blink of an eye
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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

Thanks for that! Most intriguing,,,,,,,

I suspect there may need to be an all encompassing marketing strategy in the near future if it turns out the demand maybe there.

If you want to PM with your heel pain, feel free.
But I'm not able to offer any 'treatment,' as I am not registered here so my professional liability insurance would not be valid.

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Hi there,

Im just looking for a little bit of advice really.

I am an English physio that has just moved to Basel with my wife.
I have left my jobs (NHS and private) and am wondering if there would be a demand for an English physio for the expat community in Basel.

I don't know what the standard of physio is like in Basel, so I would appreciate any good/bad experiences that you would care to share.
I am basically trying to ascertain if there is a niche in the market here in basel that I could fill.

My 'high german' is basic at the moment and so my 'swiss german' is fairly limited as you may imagine, so clinically, I would be currently restricting myself to the English speaking world.

I would just appreciate an thoughts that people would care to share,,,,,,,,,


on a parting note,,,, this forum has been a life saver. It has helped to make the transition far smoother by ironing out all the usual pit falls.
most of the advice on here ROCKS!! Thanks!! Keep it up!
(and if I can return the favour to anyone, just ask and i'd be glad to help!!)

Thanks for reading, and hope you enjoy switzerland as much as I am doing!!

Regards.
Pete
I expect that the big issue is will your qualifications be accepted to practice, without this, the health insurance will not willing to pay for treatments....

Good luck with that,

Jim
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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

Once again, thank you for your response.
My qualifications are recognised here in Switzerland, once I have registered with Schweizerisches Rotes Kreuz.

I was merely trying to gauge a response to see if I started a business, would I get people coming through the door!!

Thanks for your help. As ever, ALL input is gratefully received.
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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

I can see there would be enough business for you if you worked with a Swiss physio and shared facilities, then you could easily do 2 days in Zurich, 2 in Basel 2 in Lucerne, and 2 in Bern.....

To set up business here would be difficult until patients knew your practise. But to approach other physios about sharing, you might get enough work. Many physios here are Dutch and so usually speak good English!
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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

Thanks.
I'd actually not thought of commuting and sharing my time around CH.

I had obviously thought of the ski work in the mountains in winter, but not spending half the week somewhere in a different location. Thats a pretty interesting idea. A good avenue to pursue in expat 'hotspots.' I guess it would massively increase the target population size.


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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

Hi,
I just wondered if you had managed to find out about registering as a Physio in Switzerland. We are also thinking of moving to the Alps, but when looking into working in Austria, you need to take a language test. Do you know if this is the case in Switzerland? I also wondered if you had managed to register, if you have any advice and what the process was like? Sorry for the long list of questions.
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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

Hi,

I am just starting to look into moving to Zurich. I am currently a Physiotherapist in England. I have had a brief look at trying to find helpful information regarding qualification recognition and general advice about setting up in Zurich. Do you have any suggestions of the best place to look for this information?

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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

Hi I would just like to find out if you managed to register with the SRK without having a B2 level in one of their national languages ? Iv moved to Switzerland in December and I hve a job and a permit but canít seem to register with the SRK. Thanks so much
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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

At my local physio practice (Volketswil/ZH) all the staff are quite young and thus had either learned English at school and/or had travelled a lot - hence even the worst-speaking was perfectly fine to converse with.

I also suspect targeting the expat community might rather limit business.
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Hi I would just like to find out if you managed to register with the SRK without having a B2 level in one of their national languages ? Iv moved to Switzerland in December and I hve a job and a permit but canít seem to register with the SRK. Thanks so much
No, you need the language certificate to be recognised, it's part of the requirements as stated on their website.

https://www.redcross.ch/fr/prestatio...-linguistiques
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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

I can't speak for how to have your qualifications recognized, but I can tell you that there are not enough psysios in Switzerland now and a huge demand.

Some family members of mine run a psysio clinic and would like to expand, but simply can not find additional employees.

So, I think it would be worth going through the hoops to get certified for Switzerland, because you will find a job somewhere. And it will be in spite of your language situation, not because of it. Sooner or later someone will hire you simply because they need you to fill a spot.
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I can't speak for how to have your qualifications recognized, but I can tell you that there are not enough psysios in Switzerland now and a huge demand.

Some family members of mine run a psysio clinic and would like to expand, but simply can not find additional employees.

So, I think it would be worth going through the hoops to get certified for Switzerland, because you will find a job somewhere. And it will be in spite of your language situation, not because of it. Sooner or later someone will hire you simply because they need you to fill a spot.
You might be right, particularly for an EU citizen. The two places where I've done physio have been booked solid and could use more staff and more space.
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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

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I am an English physio that has just moved to Basel with my wife.
I have left my jobs (NHS and private) and am wondering if there would be a demand for an English physio for the expat community in Basel.
Yes! Would you mind moving down south though? .
Both myself and a friend in the lucerne/Zug areas has gotten our ACL tored while playing football.
We are both looking for competent Physios that also speak very good english, so there won't be any miscommunications.
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You might be right, particularly for an EU citizen. The two places where I've done physio have been booked solid and could use more staff and more space.
Sadly, it doesn't mean they can afford more employees/contractors.

Being licenced also means getting the opportunity to work with compl. insurances. I assume that it translate into the certif process being quite difficult and demanding some level of a local lang certificate. If I am not wrong, Red Cross might know more.

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Being licenced also means getting the opportunity to work with compl. insurances. I assume that it translate into the certif process being quite difficult and demanding some level of a local lang certificate. If I am not wrong, Red Cross might know more.
Here is the procedure for getting the qualification recognised in Switzerland, the Red Cross is indeed the place to go.

https://www.physioswiss.ch/media/397...ations.pdf?v=2

https://www.physioswiss.ch/fr/profes...e-des-diplomes
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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

Hi There,

A small rant... :-)

The problem i see in Switzerland is the lack of innovate treatment techniques. Its very basic in alot of places (i have been trying to treat my neck, hip and knee pains on the left side of the body).

I say, you need to bring something different to the table i.e. Physio with cupping and movement techniques, use of Hawk Grips tools, neurology treatment etc..i can go into real details where required. They just dont look at the whole body here and concentrate on the areas of pain, which is not always the case.

Just as an example, check @bodymechanic on Instagram. Now the processes he uses there are amazing...why is Switzerland so slow to catch on these types of treatments?

Unless i just cannot find them here, but i have used a whole tons of Physios here and no luck in fixing my problems!

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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

I can recomment someone in in Nyon, if anyone is interested.
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Re: is there demand for an english speaking physio?

Although my German is functional, I would have appreciated being able to speak to the physiotherapist in English, as my vocab is a little light on the specialty terms.

But I'd guess that English would not be in great demand at this physio center 'auf dem Land'. Actually, in one of those in-the-waiting-room conversations, a lady was upset that her physiotherapist spoke 'Schrift Deutsch'. Not an uncommon complaint heard around here, as many medical personnel are foreigners and so speak Standard German rather than Dialekt.

So... While English would likely be a plus in more urban areas, here in the boondocks, where it seems there is a real dearth of personnel, the majority of patients would want you to at least understand Dialekt if not speak it yourself.

Another thing I've noticed: The physiotherapists I've seen work part time. Whether this is because the center can't get full time staff or whether this is how the business is structured I don't know.
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