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Physiotherapy Services

Contact Details

Allaina Eden – Physiotherapy Service Lead
Rhys Hurst – Physiotherapy Clinical Lead

Please contact our Physiotherapy team on: 01480 364215

Physiotherapy Department
Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Papworth Everard
CB23 3RE


Royal Papworth Hospital's specialist physiotherapy team is committed to providing a clinically effective physiotherapy service for cardiopulmonary patients whilst striving to improve the quality and scope of services.

Our services

We provide physiotherapy assessment and treatment to many areas across the hospital including:


  • Adult Cystic Fibrosis
  • Bronchiectasis and Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Transplant (and gym sessions)
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiology   


  • Adult Cystic Fibrosis
  • Bronchiectasis and Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation

About our service

Respiratory physiotherapy involves helping patients who are having difficulty with their breathing. Treatment may include advice and education on different breathing techniques, and instruction and assistance with coughing and clearing secretions from their chest. Patients might need respiratory physiotherapy after their heart or lung surgery or due to a medical condition such as bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis.

Physiotherapy services can be used at all stages of disease, from early diagnosis, through chronic illness, to acute episodes and care at the terminal stage. The physiotherapist’s role in patient care includes assessment, advice, education and hands-on intervention. They aim to:

  • Maintain or improve exercise tolerance
  • Improve functional abilities (i.e. carrying out daily tasks)
  • Maintain and improve physical activity, coaching patients toward improving healthy behaviour
  • Reduce breathlessness and the work of breathing
  • Support weaning from mechanical ventilation
  • Mobilise and aid the expectoration of secretions (coughing up of mucus)
  • Improve knowledge and understanding
  • Reduce pain

Our physiotherapists have a wide range of experience and are qualified in all aspects of physiotherapy and are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

We provide a wide range of patient information leaflets that can be accessed on our Patient Information leaflet page.

Our team

The department is staffed by physiotherapists with specific interest and clinical experience in cardiorespiratory care. The Band 8 Clinical and Service lead physiotherapists have overall clinical and managerial responsibility and each of the six physiotherapy teams are led by staff with extensive experience and specialist skills.  The teams are led by a specialist Band 7 Team Leader, supported by Band 6 Deputy Team Leaders who are static in their specialist area.

Band 3 Generic Practitioners, Band 4 Physiotherapy Assistant Practitioners and Band 5 and 6 Physiotherapists rotate through the clinical teams developing their skills and knowledge in all aspects of the care of cardiorespiratory patients.

We provide a respiratory on call service onsite from 16.30 to 21.00 and offsite from 21.00 to 08.30 for urgent/emergency respiratory treatment on weekdays.  The weekend service has five Physiotherapists (for respiratory treatment and one on call offsite from 16.30 to 08.30) and two Physiotherapy Assistant Practitioners providing rehabilitation treatment.  The Physiotherapy Team provides cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The department takes Undergraduate Physiotherapists on placement from the universities of East Anglia and Hertfordshire and well as MSc students.

Courses we run:

  • Basic Ventilation
  • Advanced Ventilation
  • Student Interviews
  • Thoracic Surgery

Conferences we attend:

  • Internal courses: Thoracic Surgery course; Transplant study day; PEA study day; ECG course; Leadership training; Manager’s finance course; Line Managers Update; Conversations for Managers; Datix training; QIP training
  • External courses: Delirium in ICU; UCL Critical Care Update; ACPCF Study Days; Pulmonary Ultrasound; EoE Spinal Cord Injury Study Day; Airway Clearance Study Day; ECMO Referrers Day; ILM Coaching Course; AHP Research Showcase; ICU Rehabilitation; Cystic Fibrosis Royal Brompton Course (5 days); Smoking Cessation Level 2
  • Conferences: EuroELSO (Glasgow 2016); 5th European Conference on Weaning & Rehabilitation in Critically Ill Patients (London 2017); ECFS (Seville 2017); ACPCF (Birmingham 2017); The Respiratory Care Association Congress, organized by the JIVD - AER Association (Lyon 2018); SCTS (Glasgow 2018); EuroELSO (Prague 2018)
  • MSc being completed: Advanced Physiotherapy x3
  • MSc completed: Leadership

External Teaching:

  • Respiratory assessment teaching on post grad ICU nursing module
  • Role of physiotherapy following thoracic surgery as part of ARU nursing course
  • Proning workshop as part of ARU course
  • Sinus disease management and airway clearance at the Scottish CF society (Dunblane)

Posters at conferences

  • ECFS (Seville 2017)
  • Stroke service, VAD patients and Thoracic Screening Tool at SCTS (Glasgow 2018)
  • Single centre audit of rehabilitation with ECMO patients at EuroELSO (Prague 2018)

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