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Occupational Therapy at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

Within the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre the Occupational Therapists cover a range of areas.

Musculoskeletal Services

All our Occupational Therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). All qualified Occupational Therapists are educated to degree level or equivalent. We also have a regular intake of students.

Adult inpatients

Our team provides Occupational Therapy Services to patients across all orthopaedic inpatient wards.

We treat patients in the Bone Infection Unit, Day Surgery and Orthopedic Short Stay Unit, following referrals from nursing staff.

Adult Pre-operative Service

This team provides:

  • preoperative triage
  • clinic-based assessment
  • home assessment (for Oxfordshire patients where appropriate)
  • preoperative referral to community-based services or other specialist teams where necessary to enable safe timely discharge home from hospital.

By giving timely access to clinical, educational and resource information, patients and carers are supported to participate in planning for discharge home and resuming usual occupational roles.

Realistic expectations for managing recovery from surgery are integrated into Occupational Therapy intervention.

Patient education sessions

These sessions are provided as part of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programme for hip replacement patients.

The one-hour sessions provide information on hip replacement surgery including:

  • post-operative pain management
  • what to expect on the ward
  • physiotherapy and occupational therapy rehabilitation.

The sessions prepare patients for hospital admission, surgery and discharge home. Pre-operative patients are sent an appointment to attend one of these sessions.


Occupational Therapy offers a service to patients under the care of a consultant Rheumatologist at the Trust.

We can offer advice on any difficulties experienced with activities in the home or work environment.

All patients referred to Occupational Therapy will have a full assessment and an individualised programme of treatment to meet the areas of need identified.

For more information please visit: Rheumatology.

Sarcoma Service

Oxford Sarcoma Service has a dedicated Occupational Therapist, who is available to see patients before and after surgery.

All patients who attend Pre-operative Assessment Clinic before major surgery will see an Occupational Therapist.

Patients attending outpatient clinics either before or after surgery can ask their nurse to refer them to an Occupational Therapist if they are experiencing difficulties with daily living, or have concerns about managing following surgery.

All patients assessed before surgery will receive follow-up care and assessment on the ward from the multidisciplinary team.

Any inpatient who would like to see an Occupational Therapist on the ward can ask their nurse or Physiotherapist to arrange this.


Occupational Therapists within the Prosthetics Service review patients as outpatients.

We support and enable upper limb and lower limb amputation patients based on their individual needs.

The Occupational Therapist is able to offer home visits, school visits and work visits as required.

Occupational Therapists are also able to provide advice and support prior to amputation surgery.

A referral to Occupational Therapy can be made by a member of the Prosthetics team. Once known to the service, patients may self-refer to Occupational Therapy.

For more information please visit: Prosthetics.

Patient information leaflets

All leaflets are pdf files in our patient information leaflets library.

Patient information videos

Having a hip replacement - parts one and two

Find us and contact us

How to find the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

Main department: 01865 737551

Patient engagement

Oxford Patient Engagement Network for Arthritis (OPEN ARMS)