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Physiotherapy Services

Contact Details

Allaina Eden – Physiotherapy Service Lead
Holly Bowles – Physiotherapy Service Lead

Please contact our Physiotherapy team on: 01480 364215

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


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 plus 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 below.

Our team

The department is staffed by physiotherapists with specific interest and clinical experience in cardiorespiratory care. The Band 8 Clinical 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.

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
  • Amanda Thomas Exercise Physiology
  • Student Interviews

Conferences we attend:

  • Internal courses: PEA study day; Leadership and SIP facilitator training
  • External courses: Anatomy and physiology for HCAs and support workers; Therapy assistant courses; Breathlessness study day; PH study day; VAD study day; Arm and hand in rehab; BTS Lung Transplant study day; BLF professionals study day; 2 day Bobath course
  • Conferences: EuroELSO (Glasgow); Intensive Care Society (London); SCTS (Birmingham); ACPRC (London)
  • Masters being completed: Advanced Physiotherapy x3 and Leadership

External Teaching:

  • Rehabilitation and ICU at University of Hertfordshire and Anglia Ruskin University
  • Respiratory assessment teaching on post grad ICU nursing module

Posters at conferences

  • EuroELSO (Glasgow); Intensive Care Society (London); SCTS (Birmingham)


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