Community Therapy

Community Therapy Teams

What is this service?

The community therapy team provides occupational therapy and physiotherapy at a person’s place of residence. The team is made of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and therapy assistants.

There are three locality based community therapy teams- one in North Bristol, one in East Bristol and one in South Bristol. Each team provides the same service.

What does this service offer?

We enable patients to rehabilitate and find self-management strategies in order to overcome the physical, psychological and social problems caused by ill health.

We do this by helping patients (and their carers) to adapt their techniques, carry out exercise programmes, use adaptive equipment and learn more about their condition.

We also offer:

  • Rehabilitation programmes for people who have been in hospital, or have had a recent illness, and suffered deterioration in their walking or function.
  • Advice on management of long term conditions such as arthritis
  • Advice to carers on subjects such as moving and handling.
  • Advice on pressure care involving seating or postural management.

Who is the service for?

This service is for adults over the age of 18 who are registered with a Bristol GP.

The service is mainly accessed by people who require assistance in managing he effect of their long term conditions, but can extend to and adult who would be unable to attend an outpatient appointment for health reasons. For example:

  • People who are having difficulty walking.
  • People who are having difficulty completing their activities of daily living (such as washing and dressing).

How can I access this service?

You must be referred into this service by a health or social care professional.

Referrals are managed by the Community Discharge Coordination Centre. If you are a clinician who would like to refer to this service, please see our Community Discharge Coordination Centre  for details.

Where is this service located?

North Community Therapy Team is located at:

North Bristol Intermediate Care Centre,
20 Ellsworth Road,
Henbury,
BS10 7EH

East Community Therapy Team is located at:

East Bristol Intermediate Care Centre,
17 Summerhill Terrace,
St George,
BS5 8HX

South Community Therapy Team is located at:

Knowle Clinic,
Broadfield Road,
Knowle
BS4 2UH

Community Therapy Beds Team

What is this service?

 The Community Therapy Beds Team support health care and rehabilitation in allocated beds in residential and nursing units across the city. Depending on the unit, this includes Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Pharmacy support. The team works collaboratively with the patient, carers, local GP and unit staff to provide a package of rehabilitation with the aim of enabling the person to return to their own residence.

What do the Community Therapy Beds Teams offer?

We provide a supportive environment for people to rehabilitate and find self-management strategies in order to overcome the physical, psychological and social problems caused by ill health.

We do this by helping patients (and their carers) to adapt their techniques, carry out exercise programmes, use adaptive equipment and learn more about their condition.

We offer a period of intensive, multi-disciplinary rehabilitation. This could include a combination of:

  • Practice and relearning of activities of daily living, such as cooking a meal or washing and dressing
  • An exercise programme focused on improving strength and mobility
  • Learning to manage a new medication regimen
  • Finding ways to reduce the risk of falling while maintaining independence

Who is the service for?

This is often a “step down” option for people who have been in hospital, who no longer require hospital care, but who need a period of goal focused rehabilitation to enable them to return home safely. It can also be a “step up”, for people who are not medically unwell but who would benefit from a period of intensive rehabilitation following a period of ill health or injury.

How to access this service?

You must be referred into this service by a health or social care professional.

Referrals are managed by the Community Discharge Coordination Centre. If you are a clinician who would like to refer to this service, please see our Community Discharge Coordination Centre for details.

You might also be interested in reading about our Strength and Balance Service and our Specialist Community Neurology Service.

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Community Therapy Service

Bristol BS4 2UH, United Kingdom

Knowle Clinic
Broadfield Road
Knowle
Bristol

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