A Day in the Life of…

a Physiotherapist

Gill Sherry

Andy Callachan has been working within the health and wellbeing industry for over 30 years, initially completing higher national diplomas in Health and Fitness and then Sports Therapy. He has continued to achieve high level academic qualifications including a Master’s degree in Advanced practice physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University as well as undergraduate degrees in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, and Sports Science from Teesside University. In addition to his academic qualifications, Andy has also attained professional qualifications in CrossFit and Strength and Conditioning. He has been fortunate enough to have followed his passion in fitness and martial arts, being one of Scotland’s first Black belts in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu which allowed him to travel internationally combining physiotherapy with his martial arts skills to work with athletes competing in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

How long have you been a physiotherapist?

I became a chartered physiotherapist in 2004.

What training did you need to do?

I had to gain an approved degree course recognised by the Health Care and Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

What do you like best about being a physiotherapist?

Helping people. Also, you never know what’s coming through the door at the clinic – no two days are ever the same.

Do you dislike anything about your job?

Yes, sometimes I may be unable to help people I see in pain and discomfort.

How many hours a week do you normally work?

65 hours plus.

What time does your working day usually start?

I start work at 6.30am.

Can you briefly describe what a typical day involves?

Every day changes from treating patients with hands-on treatment to applying exercises and a strength-based rehabilitation programme. Sometimes it’s health advice for people looking to improve their quality of life.

One piece of advice for someone looking to become a physiotherapist?

Research and understand what physiotherapy is and its role to help people suffering with injury, illness or disability.

What would you be if you weren’t a physiotherapist?

I would probably have followed a career in the fitness and health industry.

Career highlight so far?

Flying to Australia to work with professional athletes competing in the UFC.

If you had to sum up your job in one word, what would it be?