Physiotherapists help people of all ages to get movement and function after illness, injury or disability. They help them to become as active and independent in life as possible.

Physiotherapists take a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle; helping people live long, healthy active lives and involving people in their own care. They encourage and help recovery, so that people and fit for play, fit for work and fit for life.

Physiotherapists work in many ways:

  • Provide treatment for conditions or injuries e.g. low back pain, work related injuries, broken bones and sports injuries
  • Provide practical guidance, treatment and advice e.g. how to help yourself after surgery, how to become more physically active, pain management
  • Provide treatment for long term conditions and provide help in children with development, physical issues of childhood and disability.
  • Provide a range of exercise classes e.g. healthy heart, healthy lungs, healthy body, exercise in water
  • When required work with carers, family and voluntary organisations 
  • Provide treatment for patients with cancer

Services provided:

Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with different systems of the body such as:

  • Cardiovascular (chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after a heart attack) 
  • Neurological (stroke, M.S, Parkinson’s, cerebal palsy and head injuries)
  • Development of the growing child
  • Musculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash associated disorders, sports injuries, arthritis, chronic pain)
  • Respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis)

Physiotherapists work in a variety of specialisms and locations in health and social care
across the Trust including:

  • Burns and Plastics
  • Elderly Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Intensive care
  • Learning Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Neurodisability
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Respiratory
  • Rheumatology
  • Special Schools
  • Trauma
  • Women’s/ Men’s Health

How to access the service:

Physiotherapy is available in three settings:

In hospital (Inpatient) - patients are referred to Physiotherapy by Medical, Allied Health Professional or Nursing Staff for assessment and advice according to their needs.

At hospital / Health and Wellbeing Centres (Outpatients) Available for people who have either been discharged from hospital and
• Need ongoing Physiotherapy or
• Have been referred by their GP, consultant or other health care professional.

For those needing treatment following hospital discharge, referral is usually made as part of the hospital discharge process.

In the community – Available to people who require an assessment or ongoing treatment and are unable to get to an outpatient location due to health problems.

Referrals to these services must come from a GP or other health care professional.



Physiotherapy Outpatient Locations

  • The Arches Health Centre
  • Beech Hall Health and Wellbeing Centre
  • Belfast City Hospital
  • Bradbury Health and Wellbeing Centre
  • Carlisle Health and wellbeing Centre
  • Grove Health and Wellbeing Centre
  • Knockbreda Health and Wellbeing Centre
  • Mater Hospital
  • Musgrave Park Hospital
  • Royal Victoria Hospital
  • In Schools: for children who need ongoing treatment

How to contact:

Physiotherapy Central Booking Office:

Bradbury Children’s Physiotherapy:

Holywood Arches Children’s Physiotherapy: