Shree Bharatimaiya College of Optometry & Physiotherapy   

GSCPT

Gujarat State Council For Physiotherapy (G.S.C.P.T.)

Physiotherapy means a branch of modern medical science which includes examination, assessment, interpretation, physical diagnosis, planning and execution of treatment and advice to any person for the purpose of preventing, correcting, alleviating and limiting dysfunction, acute and chronic bodily malfunction, including life saving measures via chest physiotherapy in the intensive care units, curing physical disorders or disability, promoting physical fitness, facilitating healing and pain relief and treatment of physical and psychosomatic disorder though modulating physiological and physical response using exercises, physical agents, activities and devices including mobilization, manipulations, mechanical, electrical and thermal agents including therapeutic ultrasound and therapeutic LASER and electrotherapy including electrophysiology for diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

While Gujarat has emerged as a destination of Medical tourism, it is also taking a number of initiatives for improving its Health services in Gujarat State. Health Infrastructure is being created in a big way, systems are being regularized, health education being professionalized and health professions being streamlined.

Towards this goal, the Gujarat state assembly passed a bill for the formation of Gujarat State Physiotherapy Council in the state, on Wednesday, 30th March, 2011. The formation of this council will give an Independent status to Physiotherapy professionals at par with other Medical Communities like Medical, Dental, Ayurveda and Unani.

The council will thus play a major role to ensure high level quality Physiotherapy care and services to the society. Institute would be allowed to increase its intake capacity or start new courses with the prior approval of the state government and the council. The council will also maintain the standards of uniformity in Physiotherapy education in the state at par with National & International Standards. It will also open doors for Scientific and Research activities in the field of Physiotherapy.

The Council may make regulations prescribing the standards of professional conduct and etiquette and a code of ethics for Physiotherapists (Clause 26 (1) of Gujarat State Council Physiotherapy Act)

If any person, not being a person registered in a register takes or uses the description of Physiotherapy practitioner or Physiotherapy consultant, shall be punishable, on first conviction, with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees, and on any subsequest conviction with imprisonment which extend to one year or with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees, or with both. (Clause 43(a) of Gujarat State Council Phsiotherapy Act)

By professionalizing and regularizing the system of registration, recognition, standard quality education and checking the unprofessionals, the council will give Physiotherapy its due professional status in the Medical Fraternity.