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Occupational and vocational rehabilitation

The occupational therapy team offer a service to patients with a variety of upper and lower limb conditions affecting their ability to return to work and/or other functional activities. In addition to this, the service also treats patients who have become de-conditioned following illness, disease or hospital admission and who are unable to return to work. 

Our Occupational Therapy (OT) areas contain a wide range of rehabilitation based equipment. Our OT referrals come from a wide variety of sources and we treat patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal problems. We will also treat patients with other medical problems where reduced strength and/or fitness are affecting their ability to return to work.

A combination of assessment, advice, exercise, work simulated activity and splinting is used to enable the individual to recover as fully as possible. 

Following assessment by a qualified occupational therapist, individual functional goals are established in collaboration with the patient. An individual treatment plan is then designed in order to meet their goals. Uniquely, treatment sessions are completed in a group.

Functional and mechanical assessments linked to work and leisure activities are carried out for all new patients on arrival. From this, individual aims of treatment and specific treatment programmes are developed.  Most patients then carry out their own treatment programme with the help of the therapy assistants.

The patients are out-patients between the ages of 16-90, the average age being approximately 40. All patients are treated on an individual treatment programme as part of a specific therapy group with as many as 20 patients in each group.

A variety of therapy groups run each day so that each patient can join the most appropriate group for their condition, age, fitness level or type of work. We try to create a friendly, informal atmosphere which helps to establish a supportive environment for our patients.

Royal Derby Hospital


Uttoxeter Road
DE22 8NE

Telephone: 01332 340 131

The teams are based at various locations for inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy services.

Queen's Hospital Burton


Therapies Department
Belvedere Road
Burton on Trent
DE13 0RB

Telephone: 01283 511 511 ext 5031

Operational hours

Monday to Friday: 7am - 7pm

Weekend working and Bank Holidays: 8am – 7pm

Florence Nightingale Community Hospital


Outpatient rehabilitation workshop, Junction 9 / Neurology outpatients, Junction 3
Florence Nightingale Community Hospital
London Road

Telephone:  01332 265 500

Samuel Johnson Community Hospital


Samuel Johnson Community Hospital
Trent Valley Road
WS13 6EF

The Occupational Therapists can be located within the ward areas.

Telephone: 01283 511 511 ext 5031

Operational hours

Monday to Friday: 8am - 4pm

Saturday: 9am - 1pm