We are a small specialist community-based service, providing physiotherapy for people with a long-term neurological disability. We are local community based service. We emphasise enabling patients and their carers to manage disability in their own environment. We work closely with third-sector organisations such as Headway Oxon, Age UK/Generation Games, local gyms and Oxsrad.
- Adults 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, stroke, spinal cord injury, Huntingdon’s disease, cortico-basal degeneration, or multi-system atrophy.
- People newly diagnosed with a progressive neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease.
The physiotherapist assesses the person and works with them and their family/carers to develop a personalised management plan to address their goals. The intervention may be:
- Physiotherapy management, advice and support to maximise independence in all activities of daily life.
- Exercise and education: courses for those with multiple sclerosis (MS active) and Parkinson’s disease (PD active). These are aimed at all abilities including those who are newly diagnosed with either illness.
- Spasticity and postural management to prevent secondary problems and improve comfort in bed and/or in the wheelchair.
- Soft tissue contracture management e.g. hand-splinting.
- Establish exercise/self-maintenance programmes and provision of home exercise programmes.
- Gait assessment, correction and provision of walking aids to improve gait.
- Onward referral for orthoses.
- Training carers and family members in ongoing physiotherapy/exercise/activity programmes.
- Support to access local exercise and leisure facilities e.g. ‘referral to exercise scheme’/swimming/health walks.
What are we unable to do:
- Intervention where a rapid response is required eg chest physiotherapy.
- Rehabilitation following a new neurological event eg stroke.
Our physiotherapists have extensive experience in neurology and keep up to date with evidence-based practice. We have expert knowledge and skills about:
- advanced assessment of complex neurological conditions
- prescribing exercise for neurological conditions
- managing spasticity/post Botox intervention
- managing posture and seating
- splinting and managing of soft tissue contractures
- manual handling for complex neurological problems
We make appointments to see patients in:
- Community hospitals.
- People’s own home.
- Local community facilities, e.g. gyms or day centres.
You can refer yourself (as can your carer), or your GP or another health care professional can make a referral. Unfortunately there is usually a waiting list of approximately 12-14 weeks.
To make a referral, you can email your local physiotherapist (see our contacts tab to find out the details for your local physiotherapist).
|Emily Buckle||South West||Abingdon Community Hospital||01865 email@example.com|
|Jenny Page||North East||Bicester Community Hospital||01865 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sharon Lord||North||Bicester Community Hospital||01865 email@example.com|
|Suzanne Lewis||West||Witney Community Hospital||01865 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jo Preston||South East||Wallingford Community Hospital||01865 email@example.com|
|Tessa Lofthouse||South||Wallingford Community Hospital||01865 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Helen Knott||City||East Oxford Health Centre||01865 email@example.com|
|City/North||East Oxford Health Centre||01865 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Abingdon Community Hospital||01865 email@example.com|
Abingdon Community Hospital
East Oxford Health Centre
Manzil Way, Cowley
Bicester Community Hospital
Wallingford Community Hospital
Witney Community Hospital
There is now an abundance of useful online resources you may wish to explore:
There are lots of options for equipment to help you with your mobility, transfers and function. Age UK has a substantial amount of information available online covering small equipment to housing adaptations.
If you require an assessment for equipment/adaptations to help you at home, you can self-refer to Adult Social Services and be reviewed by an Occupational Therapist. You can refer by phone on 0345 050 7666 or online at:
Social Services https://service.oxfordshire.gov.uk/needsassessment
If you wish to rent equipment for a temporary issue the Red Cross has a rental service for wheelchairs and toileting equipment.
Red Cross https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help
If you wish to return equipment issued to you by the service, please contact our equipment company NRS Healthcare directly on 01869 225420. There is a sticker on the equipment providing you with all the details you should require.
We have strong links with Generation Games at Age UK Oxfordshire. They run a variety of classes with a blend of pre-recorded videos, online classes and hope to return to physical classes across the county.
Generation Games https://www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/our-services/generation-games/
Charitable Support & Information
We work with people with a variety of neurological conditions, each of which often has a charity with advice and information available.
Motor Neurone Disease https://www.mndassociation.org/
Multi System Atrophy https://www.msatrust.org.uk/
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy & Corticobasal Degeneration https://pspassociation.org.uk/
Spinal Cord Injury https://www.spinal.co.uk/
Page last reviewed: 8 June, 2021