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Saturday 19 January 2019
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The physiotherapy team offer an inpatient and community service, which we value as important to offer continuity of service.  We have a number of physiotherapy clinics, where we can support recovery with specialist rehabilitation equipment. Our physiotherapists are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and have additional knowledge and skills in mental health. 

The physiotherapy department covers the entire geographical area of Derbyshire including the Trust's inpatient wards: the Kingsway Site, Radbourne Unit, Midway Day Hospital, London Road Community Hospital and Dovedale Day Hospital.

The physiotherapist, as a member of the multidisciplinary team, can demonstrate the advantages in harnessing the links between mind and body. As the ‘physical expert’, the physiotherapist has a key role in enabling physical activity for health promotion, disease prevention and relapse, and makes a significant contribution in the delivery of lifestyle, weight management and wellbeing programmes.

What we do

Physiotherapists support commissioners in developing services to address the mental health needs of the local population. Physiotherapists work across a variety of health and social care settings and with their knowledge of local service provision, can support commissioners in the development of new and evolving services and involving service users and carers. An example might be the participation in exercise for people with depression that can enhance the effectiveness of antidepressants (Department of Health 2009) or the evidence based effectiveness for people with dementia (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 2011).

Developing and maintaining physical health has a major contribution to make to mental health and wellbeing. One in four people experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lives, and the risk is particularly high for those who have chronic physical disability or illness. Failure to recognise and help a person’s mental health problem is likely to delay their physical recovery. Working together commissioners, providers, physiotherapists, educationalists, service users and carers can ensure that access to services is increased and appropriate training is provided to ensure that there is a skilled workforce in place.

Physiotherapists have an extensive wealth of skills and knowledge in the physical health field and this, combined with their skills in mental health, means they are uniquely placed to meet the needs of service users who have both physical and mental health needs. Key skills include:

  • Understanding of the impact of mental health on ability to function at home and work

  • Experts in motivation

  • Development and delivery of lifestyle and weight management programmes

  • Experts in prescribing exercise

  • Management of falls

  • Treatment of pain

  • Liaison between mental and physical health services/voluntary agencies.



Physiotherapy Department

Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Site
DE22 3LZ

Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 33270
Fax: 01332 623774
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm