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Minimum standards of clinical practice for physiotherapists working in critical care settings in United Kingdom: A modified Delphi technique

Eligibility for Physiotherapy ICU Delphi Panel

Within the United Kingdom, competency of practice in critical care settings is not a requirement of entry level physiotherapy courses despite Level 1 evidence demonstrating the benefit of physiotherapy intervention in reducing length of stay, ventilation duration and improving physical function, quality of life, and muscle strength.


Internationally, calls for a competency framework that is endorsed by experienced physiotherapy clinicians working in the critical care environment have been made in order to clarify the role of the physiotherapist in critical care and ensure safe and effective evidence-based physiotherapy practices.


Developing a competency framework / mimumum standards will allow clarification of the minimum level of knowledge and practice expected of those practitioners working in critical care. Developing this framework may enhance the consistency of the physiotherapy role within critical care settings and may provide a foundation with which to further develop the role of the physiotherapist within critical care. An agreed set of minimum standards aims to provide a foundation to underpin the provision of consistent education and training in critical care physiotherapy across United Kingdom. Accordingly, the aim of this project is to establish a framework for minimum standards of clinical practice for physiotherapists working in United Kingdom critical care settings.

You have been identified as potentially meeting our eligibility criteria. Answering the following six short questions will allow us to establish your eligibility. Fulfilling the eligibility criteria does not necessarily mean you will be invited to take part.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Survey Administrator, Paul Twose at