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Physical Disability Physiotherapy Service (PDPS)

The PDPS is a small specialist service providing physiotherapy for people with a long-term neurological disability.  It is a local community based service.  There is an emphasis on enabling patients and their carers to manage their disability in their own environment.

  • SOCA210-9572Adults over 18 years of age, registered with an Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group GP.
  • People with a long term neurological condition eg Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Head Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke.
  • People newly diagnosed with a progressive neurological condition eg MS and MND.


  • Provide a long-term specialist point of contact.
  • Carry out assessments to establish abilities and problems.
  • Intervention to improve function eg getting out of bed/car, walking.
  • Advice regarding management of muscle tone/spasticity.
  • Assessment for equipment eg splints, orthoses and walking aids.
  • Establish exercise/self-maintenance programmes.
  • Training of carers and/or family members.
  • Support to access local exercise and leisure facilities eg “referral to exercise scheme”.
  • Liaison and referral on to other agencies.
  • Provide six week exercise and education courses.

What are we unable to do?

  • Intervention where a rapid response is required eg chest physiotherapy.
  • Rehabilitation following a new neurological event eg Stroke.

Appointments are made to see patients in:

  • Community Hospitals.
  • Your own home.
  • Local community facilities eg gyms or day centres such as Headway.

There is open access to our service. We accept referrals from the patient, professionals or carers direct to the physiotherapist.  Unfortunately there is usually a waiting list of approximately 12-14 weeks.

How do you make a referral?

You can telephone or write to your nearest contact within the service (please see Contacts tab).

How to make a referral if you are a professional?

Please email the referral form to or

Contact Area Base Phone Email
Lesley Hoare Vale Abingdon Community Hospital 01865 904411
Erika Fayers South Didcot Community Hospital 01865 904002
Sharon Lord North Bicester Community Hospital 01865 903692
Jo Preston South East Wallingford Community Hospital 01865 904751
Jenny Page North Bicester Community Hospital 01865 903692
Suzanne Lewis South West Witney Community Hospital 01865 904200
Tessa Lofthouse South City Wallingford Community Hospital 01865 904751
Helen Knott City East Oxford Health Centre 01865 904376


Abingdon Community Hospital
Marcham Road
OX14 1AG


Oxford City

East Oxford Health Centre
Manzil Way, Cowley



Bicester Community Hospital
Kings End
OX26 6DU

Email: or


Wallingford Community Hospital
Reading Road
OX10 9DU



Witney Community Hospital
Welch Way
OX26 6JJ



Didcot Community Hospital
Wantage Road
OX12 7AS


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Last updated: 24 January, 2017

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