Therapy Services

The role of the Therapy Services department is to provide high quality, effective, integrated physiotherapy, occupational therapy and orthotic interventions to facilitate health gain and maximise functional ability for both in and out patients at King’s Mill Hospital, Newark Hospital and Ashfield and Mansfield Community Hospitals.


Physiotherapy is a profession and type of therapy that uses physical agents: exercise, massage, and other treatment modalities. This includes helping patients with physical problems due to injuries, fractures, diseases, ageing and overuse. These problems can be related to pain, reduced or increased joint movement, muscle weakness, poor coordination or reduced balance.

Physiotherapists assess, treat and help people manage problems with daily functions such as movement, posture and activities. We also treat neurological problems, breathing problems, and incontinence.

Physiotherapists will provide advice and education about your specific problem(s), injury or condition. They will also teach you therapeutic exercises and posture correction as required. They may use ‘hands on’ treatment techniques such as mobilisation and/or manipulation of joints and muscles and also heat and cold therapy, ultrasound, injections and acupuncture if required.

Assessment, treatments and exercises take place in an individual treatment area or cubicle. Group exercise or individual rehabilitation programmes take place in the gymnasium or our state of the art hydrotherapy pool (King’s Mill Hospital).

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a profession that involves the patient and determining their meaningful activities of daily life, especially to enable or encourage participation in such activities, in spite of impairments or limitations in physical or mental functions.

Occupational Therapists (OTs) aim to enable and empower people to maximise their potential to engage in meaningful and purposeful activities. We will help you to be as independent as possible in essential activities of everyday living and facilitate a safe discharge from hospital back to the community. This may require us to liase with other agencies on your behalf to provide essential equipment and adaptations for your home. Sometimes we will undertake a home assessment visit with you to your home.

If you attend as an out-patient, OTs may arrange a treatment programme to improve or help you to manage your condition by offering advice. We can also provide splints and pressure garments following an assessment.


Orthotics is a profession and the science that deals with the use of specialised mechanical devices to support or supplement weakened or abnormal joints or limbs.

The Orthotists’ role is to assess and provide an external orthosis or device to an individual to:

  • Improve mobility
  • Relieve pain
  • Slow the rate of a disease or condition
  • Improve quality of life.

The Orthotic service provides both an in and out patient service across King’s Mill and Newark hospitals. In addition we provide outreach clinics to Mansfield Community Hospital and Portland Training College. We provide an ‘in house’ service and directly employ our own HPC registered Orthotists and workshop technicians.

Some orthoses are ready made or ‘off the shelf', but many are specifically made to the individual patients’ needs and requirements. These then have to be ‘made to order’.

We have a modern and ‘state of the art’ workshop at King’s Mill Hospital, and employ skilled technicians to make up many of the orthoses on-site. This is a unique position for an NHS Trust and makes the service we provide smoother with a faster ‘turn around’ for items made and tailored for patients.

Wheelchair Service

From 1st September 2018, Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and Newark and Sherwood CCG are changing the wheelchair service provider for our area. Wheelchair assessment, supply, delivery and repair will now be provided by Ross Care in association with their partner, Blatchford. The service will remain focussed around Mansfield Community Hospital and you may already be familiar with some of the Ross Care team as they have been part of local delivery since 2011. 

There will be very little change for patients, but we realise that you may have some questions about what this new provider means for you, your family and carers.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available to download here.

The Clinical Commissoning Group Patient Experience Team can be contacted directly to answer questions through calling free phone number: 0800 028 3693 (select Option 1). 

Patient information leaflets