Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy

Our physiotherapists and occupational therapists help with many aspects of function, independence, mobility and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Any therapist working in our Trust (at Hillingdon or Mount Vernon Hospital) has graduated with a diploma or degree in occupational therapy or physiotherapy and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 2017).

Occupational therapy enables people to achieve health, well-being and life satisfaction through participation in occupation. (College of Occupational Therapists 2017).

We provide a wide range of services which allows us to effectively treat a large variety of conditions and help people achieve agreed goals.

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Services we offer

We run therapy services from both Hillingdon and Mount Vernon Hospital.


The musculoskeletal (MSK) outpatient service provides assessment and treatment of your musculoskeletal (muscle and joint) conditions. You will receive an assessment based on the referral we have received and develop a treatment plan to achieve agreed goals. 

Physiotherapists may use a range of techniques including manual therapy, exercise, acupuncture, electrotherapy and taping. 
We also run classes which may form part of the treatment plan, including

  • Osteoarthritis knee class
  • ACL rehabilitation class
  • General Knee Class
  • Foot & Ankle Class
  • Hand Class
  • Shoulder Class
  • Back Class

The Back School is a group triage, assessment and education session for patients presenting with low back pain and will last approximately 1 ½ hours.  During the session you will be shown a short presentation and have an opportunity to talk to a senior physiotherapist about the management of your back pain.

If you have been referred for the Back School we will have sent you 3 forms for you to complete and bring with you to the session.  It is extremely important for you to bring these completed forms with you when you come so that we can maximise the time with you when you are with us. 

You can also download the 3 forms below as well as a back pain guide.  If you have any questions regarding the Back School please call us on:

Hillingdon - 01895 279369 or Mount Vernon - 01923 844 261

More information

Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy

We have specialist women’s and men’s health physiotherapists that provide assessment and treatment for women and men with bladder, bowel and pelvic floor muscle related disorders.

We treat urinary and bowel incontinence, prolapse, antenatal, pelvic pain, constipation as well as many other conditions

Vestibular Physiotherapy (Vertigo and Dizziness)

We have specialist vestibular physiotherapists that provide assessment and treatment of vertigo and dizziness symptoms.

Post-operative rehabilitation

Following total knee replacement surgery you will be automatically referred to our post op Total knee class to aid in your rehabilitation.
We also offer individual and class treatments as appropriate for other orthopaedic procedures.

Oncology Physiotherapy

We have specialist oncology physiotherapists that provide assessment and treatment to help with increasing range of movement and help to control treatment side-effects following a cancer diagnosis.

Hand therapy

The hand therapy service at Mount Vernon Hospital treats and rehabilitates patients who have injured their hand, which often requires hand surgery. We work alongside our colleagues at from Royal Free in a multidisciplinary team or physiotherapists and occupational therapists who can help in restoring function to our patients.

Getting to the Hand Therapy Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital

Use the AccessAble access guides to help plan your journey and easily find you way around the hospital.

Access guides to hand therapy

Rapid Recovery Programme (hip and knee replacements)

We have been running the rapid recovery programme across both sites since 2008 with excellent results. We have become a centre of reference for other hospitals and are constantly evolving our service.  For more information on the rapid recovery programme please click on the link:

Respiratory Outpatient Physiotherapy

Hillingdon hospital provides an Outpatient Respiratory Physiotherapy service for adults which offers individual one-to-one appointments to help you manage your respiratory condition.

Getting to our Physiotherapy at Hillingdon Hospital

Use the AccessAble access guides to help plan your journey and easily find you way around the hospital.

Access guides to physiotherapy at Hillingdon Hospital