Cardiac Rehabilitation Physiotherapy


The City Hospitals Sunderland Cardiac Rehabilitation Physiotherapists work as part of a team which includes Consultant Cardiologists, Cardiac Specialist Nurses, Clinical Psychologists and exercise professionals to offer lifestyle and exercise advice and emotional support to patients following a heart event.

Following discharge from hospital all patients follow are offered an individual assessment and are provided with a choice of treatment options.


Our Team

All Specialist Physiotherapists have post graduate clinical training in working with heart patients and all are members of British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and Association of Physiotherapists working in Cardiac Rehabilitation.

All members of the Physiotherapy Team attend a structured training programme to ensure that their knowledge and skills are continuously updated to meet your needs. Treatment offered is in line with national standards, professional codes of conduct and evidence-based practice.

The team works in partnership with all services involved in your care. The team works with exercise professionals involved with Move to Improve Programme and Sunderland Cardiac Support Group who both offer on going exercise and emotional support after you have completed the supervised Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme.


How we can help

The Cardiac Physiotherapy Team provides person centred advice.  The team works in partnership with all services involved in your care to enhance your role within your family, social environment and workplace. Physiotherapists work with you and your family to improve the quality of your life and reduce your risk of further heart disease and encourage you to reach your optimal functional ability.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is offered to you if you have had

  • A heart attack
  • A coronary angioplasty
  • Heart surgery
  • A pacemaker and  or ICD inserted
  • Angina
  • Cardiomyopathy

Cardiac Rehabilitation offers

  • Lifestyle advice
  • Education talks for you and your family
  • Exercise programme an individual advice
  • Emotional support and referral to psychologist if required
  • Advice on returning to work
  • Advice on returning to hobbies
  • Fitness Conditioning
  • Pain Management
  • Supporting change to a healthier lifestyle

Referral to long term supervised exercise programmes Sunderland Cardiac Support Group and Move to Improve Programme with qualified instructors following completion of our programme.


Where we work

The Cardiac Physiotherapy team works with you after you have been discharged from hospital in the outpatient department and in various community settings.

Physiotherapy Department – Sunderland Royal Hospital

All patients and family members are offered an initial individual assessment, lifestyle advice and an exercise programme is developed and agreed with you in the physiotherapy department.

Supervised Cardiac Rehabilitation Programmes

We run group exercise and information sessions twice a week for six weeks in three leisure Centres across Sunderland and Washington

  • Sunderland Aquatic Centre
  • Silksworth Tennis and Community Leisure Centre
  • Washington leisure Centre

Home based Therapy

If you are housebound we can offer an assessment in your home and we can agree on a home exercise programme that you can do on your own. You will be reviewed at regular intervals and may be able to join one of the supervised programmes at a later stage in your recovery.



Core Hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30 – 4.30
Referral: You are able to access physiotherapy with a referral from a Consultant cardiologist, Specialist Nurse or a GP


Service Feedback

“A thoroughly professional and friendly team.  Have helped me through a difficult situation and given me some hope for the future.”

“Well worth the going on the cardiac rehabilitation programme.  They cover everything and makes you feel a lot better.  So there is life after a heart attack.”

“I thought it would be a waste of time, but found it helped me both physically and mentally.  Whilst it had been longer as it made me go out.  Thank you to all staff.”

The rehab team provided an excellent service, many thanks.”

“Overall the experience was excellent.  The staff shared their vast knowledge without ever talking down to the members, they made it very enjoyable with their individual personalities creating an aura of “well being” on every session.  They made it fun getting better and fitter.”


Useful Links

British Heart Foundation
Sunderland Cardiac Support Group
AGE UKSunderland Carers Centre
Sunderland Move to Improve Programme



Physiotherapy – Sunderland Royal Hospital: 0191 569 9027