Who is our service for?
We provide a service for older people who have mental health problems and adults who have learning disabilities and complex health needs. In late Spring we will be developing a new service for working-age adults who have mental health problems and have been admitted to Hallam Street Hospital.
How do we help?
The Physiotherapy Team have the specialist skills to help people who find it difficult to engage with other general physiotherapy services because of their mental health problem or learning disability. We can also help people whose physical and mental health difficulties are related.
The team have many ways to help someone improve their physical health, mobility and movement. We can target specific areas for improvement, such as:
- falls management and prevention
- respiratory problems
- posture and mobility
- ‘sensory processing,’ which is how our brain deals with sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch.
We often give this support in 1-on-1 sessions. We can also provide treatment in groups. These can include exercise classes, movement to music classes, and advice and training sessions for people and their carers. We can also arrange for people to have special equipment should they need it, such as walking frames or specialist seating.
We provide these services in our inpatient and residential facilities, or in the community when needed.
This video was filmed and edited by Marie Heathcock, the Dudley Physiotherapy Team Lead. It was produced to show other members of staff, patients, the public and students what Learning Disability Physiotherapy actually is and to promote our service. To accompany the video, Marie has produced case studies that explain patient background and treatment provide. pdf The case studies can be viewed here.
How do you access or refer into our service?
Both the older adult and learning disability physiotherapy teams accept referrals from health and social care professionals. The learning disability physiotherapy service also accepts referrals from the person themselves, the person’s family, or a paid carer supporting the person.
What about carers and families?
We can give advice to carers on how best to support someone’s posture, mobility, and exercise needs.
How do you contact us?
The older people’s physiotherapy team work Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.30pm.
Edward Street Hospital Physiotherapy Department
Edward Street Hospital
The physiotherapy team for people with learning disabilities work Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Heath Lane Hospital Physiotherapy Department
Heath Lane Hospital