Guidance on Good Practice in Aquatic Physiotherapy (2015)

This document has been written to provide guidance to physiotherapy managers, physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and non-physiotherapists working in aquatic physiotherapy settings about providing a safe and effective aquatic physiotherapy service for patients. 

Guidance on Good Practice is downloadable FREE for ATACP Members and is available to purchase for £20 by Non-members (file available to download once payment is processed)


Its particular focus is in highlighting the routes physiotherapists might take to develop and maintain their competence to practise physiotherapy in an aquatic physiotherapy setting. It emphasises the support physiotherapy managers might offer, to assist staff members achieve and sustain such competence.

It provides guidance on which patients should not enter the pool environment and additional guidance on particular patient groups who require special considerations within it (e.g. tracheostomy patients). It is hoped this document will provide the necessary advice to ensure the development of a safe and competent workforce, able to organise and manage an aquatic physiotherapy service.

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Non-members can purchase Guidance on Good Practice in Aquatic Therapy (2015) for £20  online here with immediate access to PDF download.

This Document is regularly revised to ensure that the information remains current and up to date.

13/02/18 Version 1.1  Section 9 Standards for the Management of the Aquatic Therapy Pool