Physiotherapy Acute Care Team


The City Hospitals Sunderland Acute Care Physiotherapy team provides care to inpatients who are being treated in the following specialties

  • Respiratory
  • Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)
  • Orthopaedics
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Paediatrics
  • Intensive Care
  • Urology
  • Gyneacology
  • Renal

Conditions include:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Lung cancer
  • Post-operative patients (eg following amputations)
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease

Our Team

All lead physiotherapists have attended post graduate clinical training and provide treatment in line with national standards, professional codes of conduct and evidence-based practice. All members of the physiotherapy team attend a structured training programme to ensure that their knowledge and skills are continuously developed to meet your needs.


Integrated Critical Care Unit: ICCU is an 18 bedded inpatient unit which provides specialist care for the acutely unwell patient. This involves chest care for the acutely unwell patient as well as rehabilitation for inpatients.

Medical Wards: The acute care physiotherapy service covers a range of wards including vascular, gastroenterology, ENT, respiratory, general surgery and general medical. Services provided include chest care and functional rehabilitation in order to facilitate safe discharge.

Care of The Elderly Physiotherapy Inpatient Services: The Care of the Elderly physiotherapy team covers a variety of wards, including those specialising in dementia, Parkinson’s Disease and general geriatrics. Our services aim to promote independence for the elderly patient using functional rehabilitation. We work closely with the multidisciplinary team to ensure a safe and timely discharge.

Paediatric inpatient physiotherapy services:  The Acute Paediatric Physiotherapy team covers the children’s orthopaedic wards, medical and respiratory wards and the baby ward. We also extend care into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as required and provide respiratory input into consultant clinics based at the Niall Quinn Children’s Centre. We also have close ties with the Community Paediatric Physiotherapy team based at the Children’s Centre where some children who require further outpatient aftercare can be referred directly as appropriate. We assess and treat an extremely broad range of paediatric conditions ranging from varying orthopaedic, neurological, respiratory and/or learning problems for children aged between 0-19 years old.


How can we help

The Acute Care Physiotherapy Team provides person centred therapy.  The team works in partnership with all services involved in your care. We work with you to improve the quality of your life and that of your family.  We help you to control your rehabilitation pathway with an aim to improving your movement experiences, reaching your optimal functional ability and role within your family, social environment and workplace.

Physiotherapists assess and treat people who have a variety of needs, these may include problems with:

  • Walking
  • Balance
  • Chest care
  • Joint Movement
  • Discharge from hospital

Acute Care Physiotherapy can help you to:

  • Improve, regain or maintain movements
  • Maintain or progress mobility
  • Self-manage chest problems
  • Clear chest secretions


The Acute Paediatric Physiotherapy Team collaborates closely with other members of the paediatric multidisciplinary team to deliver patient and family centred care. The role of the Acute Paediatric Physiotherapist is to assess every child’s individual need and implement a personalised and progressive inpatient care plan that is specifically tailored to them. Family and carers play a huge part in delivering physiotherapeutic care and where possible the physiotherapist will work alongside family members and carers.



Core Hours: Monday – Sunday  08.30 am – 4.30 pm
On call service provided for emergency chest care between 4.30 pm and 8.30 am.


Useful links

Intermediate Care –
Social Services –
Sunderland Care and Support –
Community Equipment service –
Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists –





Physiotherapy  0191 569 9027