Table 2

Interviewee characteristics

I.D.Age/genderRoleSettingTime in postQualification(s)Time since qualifying
AHPSW146/MExercise rehab instructorOutpatients: musculoskeletal service8 months(a) Level 2 fitness instructor
(b) Level 3 personal trainer
(a) 26 years
(b) 15 years
AHPSW245/MExercise instructorCardiac and pulmonary rehab team13 years(a) Fitness instructor
(b) Exercise referral
(a) 20 years
(b) 15 years
(c) 10 years
AHPSW342/FExercise instructorOutpatients: physiotherapy2 years 3 monthsLevel 3 CIMSPA
diploma exercise referral
6 years
AHPSW445/MExercise rehab instructorHospitals and a leisure centre9 months(a) Sports rehabilitation and injury degree
(b) Foundation personal training degree
(c) Pilates level 3
(d) Level 3 CIMSPA
11 years
AHPSW525/MActive life trainerMedium secure mental health hospital (prison transfer patients)2 years 6 months(a) BSc (Hons) sports therapy
(b) Personal training
4 years
AHP149/FTeam lead community physiotherapistCommunity-large rural patch11 months(a) Undergraduate degree
(b) Physiotherapy
(c) Masters
(a) 28 years
(b) 27 years
(c) 19 years
AHP257/FHead of profession for physiotherapyMental health partnership trust hospital and community33 yearsGraduate diploma in physiotherapy37 years
AHP353/FClinical service manager for musculoskeletal physiotherapyMusculoskeletal physiotherapy and outpatients: acute and community2 yearsPhysiotherapy25 years
AHP425/FPhysiotherapist/rehab instructor leadMusculoskeletal outpatients department4 yearsPhysiotherapy4 years
AHP540/MBiomechanics specialist podiatristCommunity health centre17 years(a) BSc podiatry
(b) MSc podiatric biomechanics
17 years
TL142/FTeam leader physiotherapist and exercise teamHospital clinic18 months(a) Degree in sports science
(b) Level 3 fitness
(c) Postgraduate certificate in education
(a) 21 years
(b) 11 years
(c) 19 years
  • BACPR, British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation; CIMSPA, Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.