Physiotherapy is a health care profession with a science foundation. The range of work is very broad and varied and involves working with people to:
Promote their own health and wellbeing
Help restore their movement and function to as near as normal as possible when this has been affected by injury, illness or by developmental or other disability
Central to this is the patient involvement in their own care through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in the management of their condition
Physiotherapists are autonomous practitioners who work within Gloucestershire Care Services as members of teams with other health and social care professionals.
You can access the service by completing an on-line self referral form here: Physio self-referral form
Physio Direct is a telephone service which gives early advice and support for people with back, neck, joint problems, or problems following injuries. Calls are directed to admin teams to ensure patients are registered on the system. If a message is left out of hours, you will receive a call back during office hours to complete your registration. Once registered, a physiotherapist will talk to you about your requirement. Physiotherapy Direct is available on 0300 421 8895.
You will speak to a Chartered Physiotherapist who will ask a number of questions so he or she can fully understand your problem. The Physiotherapist will then discuss the best way of helping you manage this problem. This may include one or more of the following options - advice, exercise suggestions or an appointment to look at your problem with a physiotherapist. All patients needing an appointment are seen according to the priority of their condition.
Children’s Physiotherapy is a countywide specialist physiotherapy service for children and young people aged 0-16 years (16-19 in full time education), their families and carers, providing physiotherapy in both the hospital and community settings.
The Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy service is provided in a variety of locations and settings. Access to physiotherapy is in the most appropriate setting for their assessment, treatment and ongoing support, enabling them to achieve their outcomes. This may be at a clinic, in a hospital, at a children’s centre, in a mainstream or special school or at home.
Parents, young people and children in Gloucestershire have direct access to the service via Children’s Physiotherapy Direct. A qualified children’s physiotherapist answers all calls and will provide a telephone assessment, advice and onward referral if appropriate. Children’s Physiotherapy Direct is available Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) 9.00am to 12.00pm on 0300 421 6980.
Further information is available from here: Children's physio
Podiatry covers any painful foot conditions or mobility problem related to a foot/ankle condition and especially those complicated by conditions such as diabetes or arthritis. However, NHS podiatry does not include simple nail cutting for social reasons (e.g. just because the patient cannot reach.)
The podiatry service provides high quality expert advice and specialist treatment for conditions affecting the lower limb and foot. Our aim is to improve independence, mobility and well-being across all age groups. At an initial assessment the podiatrist agrees an individual management plan with the patient for an episode of care. It involves the podiatrist and patient working together to achieve the best outcomes to improve foot problems and maintain foot health.
There are a range of different services we provide to help people with every type of foot or ankle problem. Access to the service was previously through online self-referral but this has now changed and all referrals must be made through your GP.