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Physical Disability Physiotherapy Service (PDPS)

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.

  • 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, 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, eg gyms or day centres such as Headway.

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).

Professionals should complete the referral form and email to Oxfordhealth.PDPSreferral@nhs.net or PDPSreferral@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

Contact Area Base Phone Email
Lesley Hoare City Abingdon Community Hospital 01865 904411 lesley.hoare@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
Emily Buckle South West Didcot Community Hospital 01865 904002 Emily.buckle@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
Sharon Lord North Bicester Community Hospital 01865 903692 sharon.lord@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
Jo Preston South East Wallingford Community Hospital 01865 904751 jo.preston@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
Jenny Page North East Bicester Community Hospital 01865 903692 jenny.page@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
Suzanne Lewis West Witney Community Hospital 01865 904200 suzanne.lewis@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
Tessa Lofthouse South City Wallingford Community Hospital 01865 904751 Tessa.lofthouse@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
Helen Knott City East Oxford Health Centre 01865 904376 helen.knott@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

Abingdon

Abingdon Community Hospital
Marcham Road
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 1AG

Email:  lesley.hoare@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

Oxford City

East Oxford Health Centre
Manzil Way, Cowley
Oxford
OX4 1XD

Email:  helen.knott@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 

Bicester

Bicester Community Hospital
Kings End
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 6DU

Email:  sharon.lord@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk or jenny.page@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

Wallingford

Wallingford Community Hospital
Reading Road
Wallingford
Oxfordshire
OX10 9DU

Email:  jo.preston@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

Witney

Witney Community Hospital
Welch Way
Witney
Oxfordshire
OX26 6JJ

Email:  suzanne.lewis@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

Didcot

Didcot Community Hospital
Wantage Road
Didcot
OX12 7AS

Email: Emily.buckle@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

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Last updated: 10 November, 2020

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