Working here: Occupational therapy and physiotherapy

We're a large therapy services department within UHS, one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals with specialist services including:

We have a combined therapy workforce of over 240 whole time equivalent staff, or approximately 280 people. We employ occupational therapists, physiotherapists and therapy support staff to provide a seven day service working 365 days a year. We've been a combined department since 2007. This means all of our therapists work closely together within their clinical area, sharing information and delivering therapy as a combined team to benefit our patients.

Our therapists are grouped into specialist clinical teams and offer a range of specialist assessments and interventions on the wards, in some clinics and in the therapy outpatients department. We have services available to all age groups and specialties.

All of our qualified occupational therapists and physiotherapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are required to practice under the standards and scope of practice set by the HCPC. Our therapy staff all have training and supervision to ensure the care we provide is high quality, professional and evidence based.

If you want to know more about the services we provide, or about working here as part of our department, please contact Annette Purkis, head of therapies, on 023 8120 6456 or 023 8120 4061 or email

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages who suffer from a wide range of clinical conditions: most commonly those who have difficulties due to a mental health illness, physical or learning disabilities. They provide practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities (occupations) that matter to them. This helps to increase people’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of their life. (Allied Health Solutions 2017)



Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability  through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. A physiotherapist helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping themto remain independent for as long as possible. (Allied Health Solution 2017)