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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

Contact Area Base Phone Email
Lesley Hoare City Abingdon Community Hospital 01865 904411
Emily Buckle South West 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 East Bicester Community Hospital 01865 903692
Suzanne Lewis 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 March, 2021

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