The Institute of Physical Therapy

Are you the Caring type?

For some people, the desire to “care” comes naturally. We try to connect - to give back. We feel more empathy for people. At the Institute we call this the “caring gene”.

Are you ready to find out if you are one of us?

Take the 3-minute test (anonymously) and find out now! It could be your first step into a career that helps you put your compassion to work every day.


Do you measure up? Take the test!
1. I like to meet people:

If they are wealthy or famous so I can tell my friends.
Because I like to have contacts and it makes me feel popular.
Because I enjoy experiencing different cultures and find people interesting and engaging.
2. If I find a lost wallet I:

Remove any valuable/useful contents for myself.
Drop it to the nearest police station.
See if it contains contact details & go out of my way to find its rightful owner.
3. I would 'go the extra mile' for:

A few friends and some family members.
Someone to 'owe me one'.
Anyone who needs help.
4. I recycle:

Because I have to.
If its convenient, otherwise I try and avoid the hassle.
Because it is the right thing to do.
5. Volunteer work:

I never seem to get round to it.
I do a little around Christmas.
I enjoy it and find it fulfilling.
6. When I take on responsibility:

I do it so that I can delegate tasks and avoid the trickier bits.
I do it to benefit the people affected.
I do so because a jobs needs doing.
7. My ideal job would give:

Publicity, influence, money.
Personal fulfillment and growth.
Doing good is sufficient reward for me.
8. A typical way I have physical contact with others is:

In a queue at the bar or in a train.
I like a handshake.
A hug can feel pretty good.
9. When I need to make an important decision, I will:

Toss a coin and trust in fate.
See what others think and make up my own mind.
Think it through and confidently decide.
10. Being self-employed:

Is a chance to be your own boss and an exciting and challenging prospect.
Is a little intimidating, but probably more secure at the end of the day.
Definitely not for me.
11. Being the best I can be:

Isn't important, better to make money now and provide for my future.
Would enable me to care for others better.
A noble thought but brings me no real benefit.
12. Investing in my education:

Is sometimes a necessary evil.
Helps me develop as a person and as a practitioner.
Is worthwhile as long as I can charge extra.
13. A recognised qualification:

Is increasingly important because of regulation.
Is very reassuring for a practitioner's patients.
Is all very well, once you can make money out of it.
14. Taking a detailed history:

Seems to be an invitation for people to bore me to death.
Can be the most important part of really understanding the problem and providing the best treatment.
Is okay once it doesn’t shorten a treatment; most people prefer a quick fix.
15. Studying with mature students:

Means working with people who have never found their niche.
Makes a course even more enriching.
Exposes each to a cross-section of experience and ideas.
16. A holistic approach in healthcare:

Is old hat and mostly for airy fairy types.
Can help patients whom the health system has failed especially.
Can be more proactive and have better long term results.