Physical Therapy in Barbados had its origins during the period of the Polio outbreak in 1963, when two physical therapists worked tirelessly with those victims of the disease. One of those was a Barbadian, wife of a physician; the other came from the U.K. At the time, physical therapy was performed at the Barbados General Hospital located at Jemmotts Lane. However with the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in 1964, the department was relocated to the ground floor of the hospital where it is still located today.
Today, the Physical Therapy department of the QEH has an entirely Barbadian staff. There are several private physical therapy practices throughout the island in addition to the availability of these services at the polyclinics and district hospitals on a part time basis.
Barbados has over 60 registered and practicing physical therapists with the majority in private practice. The BPTA is 25 years strong and growing.
Through an association such as this, therapists are now eligible for membership with World Physiotherapy, the global body for 121 physiotherapy member organisation representing 625000 physiotherapists. This enhances their accessibility to current trends in treatment approaches and techniques and facilitates the exchange of such information bilaterally.
To visibly move the physical therapy profession forward with one unified voice so that the profession is recognized locally for its significant role in improving health and well- being.
To promote high standards of physical therapy practice and education and to be advocates for the promotion of optimal health and wellness in Barbados.
A Short Note from the President
The Barbados Physical Therapy Association’s current Board of Trustees seeks to continue to empower its members by providing pathways and opportunities to access evidence based practices. Our professional body seeks to raise public awareness about the benefits of physical therapy and in conjunction with medical and allied health colleagues, assist in improving the health of our society in Barbados.