Community Therapy

Community Therapy

What is this service?

The Community Therapy service is split into the Community Therapy Teams, and the Community Therapy Rehabilitation Beds team.

Community Therapy Teams:

The Community Therapy Team is made up of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, therapy assistants, community mental health nurses and speech and language therapists. The team provides occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy at a person’s place of residence.

There are three locality based community therapy teams, each providing the same service. There is one team based in North Bristol, one in East Bristol and one in South Bristol.

Community Therapy Beds:

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, the team provides 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 place of residence.


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 Community Therapy Teams and Beds service is for adults over the age of 18 who are registered with a Bristol GP.

The Community Therapy Teams service is mainly accessed by people who require assistance in managing the effect of their long term conditions, but can extend to any 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).

The Community Therapy Beds are often a “step down” option for people who have been in hospital. These people no longer require hospital care, but 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 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 webpage 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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Where is this service located?

The locality bases for the Community Therapy Teams are:

North Community Therapy Team:

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

East Community Therapy Team:

East Bristol Intermediate Care Centre,
17 Summerhill Terrace,
St George,

South Community Therapy Team:

Knowle Clinic,
Broadfield Road,

Community Therapy Service

Bristol BS4 2UH, United Kingdom

Knowle Clinic
Broadfield Road