University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Neurological therapy

We're a recognised rehabilitation centre working with children suffering from injuries or illnesses affecting their central nervous system including:

  • head injuries
  • stroke
  • spinal cord injuries or tumours.

Inpatient rehabilitation for neurological patients can start on the paediatric intensive care unit or high dependency unit. Some patients will continue their rehabilitation with us throughout their stay in hospital, and may attend a set number of outpatient appointments after being leaving hospital.

Occupational therapists assess and refer children for appropriate equipment and seating, and liaise with community teams and wheelchair services. We focus on function and equipment to help our patients to be as independent as possible when they leave hospital.

We work with children in a variety of settings, from a child's bedside to our treatment room or in hydrotherapy. Patients may move from the hospital into Bursledon House to continue their rehabilitation when they are medically well enough.

Our therapists work as part of the team at Bursledon House, helping children and young people admitted for various reasons including chronic fatigue, chronic pain, obesity and anxiety. They help the team to provide a homely and welcoming environment, and use a structured programme of care and treatment in a non-medical setting.

Physiotherapists can also be found working alongside consultants in the botulinum toxin clinic, complex movement clinic and neuromuscular clinic.

Outpatient services

  • Botulinum toxin clinic - joint assessment with specialist nurse and consultant. 
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome whilst awaiting Bursledon House (consultant referral only).
  • Outpatient appointments for various neurological conditions, available before and after diagnosis (consultant referral only).


  • Shelley Geary
  • Jenni Palmer
  • Jen Pelling
  • Rotational member of staff