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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT)

We have an experienced team of senior Occupational Therapists who have specialist skills in treating adults and children with rheumatological conditions.

All new patients are fully assessed by a qualified occupational therapist.
This will usually include a full Activities of Daily Living and Hand Assessment.

An individual treatment plan will then be agreed with the patient and follow up arranged as appropriate.


The Occupational Therapist may provide:

  • Practical advice to help with everyday activities
  • Advice on joint protection techniques and energy conservation
  • Hand splints to support your joints whilst working or resting
  • Exercises and wax treatment to improve hand and wrist mobility, strength and function
  • Advice on planning and pacing activities to reduce fatigue
  • Assessment or demonstration of gadgets and equipment to help with everyday tasks and maintain independence
  • Teach relaxation techniques
  • Home visits
  • Work advice / assessments
  • Referral to social services when appropriate
  • Advise on appropriate support groups available


Occupational Therapy Department Facilities

The OT Department has comprehensive facilities for the assessment of all activities of daily living (ADL) including a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.  The bedroom also has comfortable chairs suitable for learning relaxation techniques.

There are separate splint rooms where individual hand splints can be moulded and fitted.

A range of small ADL gadgets are also available in these treatment rooms for assessment and demonstration. There is a wax bath which is often used in conjunction with hand exercises and remedial activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen at my first appointment?
The occupational therapist will assess your condition, including which joints are affected and where you have pain.
They’ll ask about any problems you may be having with everyday tasks at home, work or with your hobbies. They will identify your problems and then try to explore possible solutions with you.

Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?
Any previous hand splints you may have.
A list of medication.

How long will my appointment last?
The average length of an OT appointment is one hour.
If you have a joint appointment with OT and physio this may take just over two hours.

What is an OT?
An Occupational Therapist is a member of a multidisciplinary team who is able to provide practical advice on how to overcome problems and difficulties you experience in everyday life at home, work or with leisure activities. They try to work with you to enable you to maintain a good quality of life.

How do I get to see an OT?
Your Rheumatologist, Nurse Specialist, Physio or GP can refer you to Occupational Therapy.

Where is the OT department?
Level 2 Cannock Chase Hospital, please see full details in the location box on the right.

I do not work do I still need to see an Occupational Therapist?

Yes! Occupation includes all activities of daily living

My arthritis isn’t that bad do I really need to see an OT?
Yes it’s never too soon. We’d rather see you earlier than later to give you the correct advice.

Division / Speciality

Division 3 


New Cross Hospital
Wolverhampton Road
WV10 0QP

Zone A
Location Number: A29
Floor Level: Ground

Nearest Car Park: P1

Click here for travel directions to New Cross Hospital 

Rheumatology Centre
Second Floor
Cannock Chase Hospital
Brunswick Road
WS11 5XY

Click here for travel directions to Cannock Chase Hospital

Contact Details

Tel: 01543 576411

A Teaching Trust of the University of Birmingham

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New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton WV10 0QP
Telephone: 01902 307999

Cannock Chase Hospital Brunswick Road Cannock WS11 5XY
Telephone: 01543 572757

West Park Hospital Park Road West Wolverhampton WV11 4PW
Telephone: 01902 444000