Physiotherapy is made up of many different elements (or sets of behaviours, knowledge and skills) - all essential to practice. No one element can be defined as the 'active ingredient' which makes practice effective. The individual elements that make up practice ultimately influence one another - a real example of the whole being greater than the sum of its component parts. This idea has informed the structure and content of the physiotherapy framework.
A review of the literature and reflection on contemporary physiotherapy practice suggests that physiotherapy practice is made up of four different elements or layers: physiotherapy values; physiotherapy knowledge; physiotherapy practice skills; and generic behaviours, knowledge and skills.
The physiotherapy workforce uses these sets of generic behaviours, knowledge and skills to apply its physiotherapy values, knowledge and practice skills to maximise individuals’ potential – through its clinical, educational, leadership and research practice.