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Number of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists with PhDs - January 2018

Thank you for your email dated 8 January 2018, in which you ask for information from the HCPC Register.

Your request has been handled as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Please find below the total number of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists with Dr in their name / title. By this we can assume that they are Ph.D qualified. 

Occupational therapists - 23
Physiotherapists - 114
Speech and language therapists - 85

We are unable to provide you with breakdown of normal graduates and masters graduates (who are graduates at the time of registration) as we do not hold this information in an easily accessible format. To locate the information would require us to examine individual registration records for the professions listed and extract the relevant information and this would exceed the cost limit under Section 12 of the FOIA, that being £450, which is charged at £25 per hour for employee time (a total of 18 hours).

We estimate to access each registration record and extract the information would take 2 minutes per record. At 2 February 2018, there were 109,037 registrant occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists (combined figure). 109,037 multiplied by 2 minutes equates to 3,635 hours, therefore exceeding the cost limit.