Occupational Therapy (OT)

Cheltenham General Hospital

0300 422 3040

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

0300 422 8586

8am - 4.30pm (Mon - Fri)

Our therapists help our patients to fulfil their potential in daily activities following illness or accident, helping them to return to everyday life.

Our services

As part of the Therapy Team, made up of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, we provide inpatient and outpatient services. Our integrated team offers specialist assessment and treatment for a wide range of problems, working with people to promote their own health and wellbeing. They help people to return to everyday life following illness or injury.

All Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, the regulatory body for Allied Health Professionals. They are supported by a team of Therapy Support Workers and administrative staff.

Outpatient services

Following referral, we provide assessment and intervention to outpatients requiring hand therapy and support after a head injury.

Inpatient services

We provide support to people who have:

  • trauma, including head injury
  • had elective orthopaedic surgery, such as hip replacement
  • a medical condition
  • the need for palliative care
  • a chronic progressive neurological condition
  • had a stroke
  • a range of diagnoses with complex needs
  • been admitted for a surgical procedure.

If you're waiting for a hip operation

If you are on the waiting list for a hip replacement you may be seen by the Occupational Therapy team shortly before the date of your operation.

We may invite you to an education group to discuss the precautions you should take after your operation for a 12 week period and to advise on any equipment or changes in your home that may help you to maintain your independence. All NHS patients awaiting a total hip replacement are encouraged to attend.

Returning equipment

Equipment issued by the Therapy Service that is no longer needed must be returned to the Community Equipment Service. Please do not return used equipment, including walking aids, to our hospital Therapy departments as we cannot accept them due to infection control procedures and a lack of storage space.

Purchasing equipment

Please see this list of retailers who sell equipment that may help you manage daily activities more easily at home.

Work experience, placements and job vacancies

Work experience

We can offer work experience but due to the nature of the work you must be 16 years old or above. Please send a request in writing for an application form and once we receive this back we'll contact you within 4 weeks. Please write to either:

  • Occupational Therapy, Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Rd, Cheltenham, GL53 7AN
  • Occupational Therapy, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Great Western Rd, Gloucester, GL1 3NN

Because of the high demand for work experience, you must be able to demonstrate a clear interest in health care-related jobs and careers on the application form e.g. interview arranged at an OT training establishment, volunteer work or other relevant placements.


If you are a student on a recognised UK degree course in Occupational Therapy, we may be able to support you on a clinical placement.

All years are considered, but the offer of placements is dependent on the staffing resources needed to support your development and learning.

Student placements are mainly offered as a priority to OT students from the University of West of England, Bristol. However, placements for students on other OT degree courses may be considered on request.

Job vacancies

All our job vacancies are advertised on the NHS Jobs website. If you are interested in a vacancy and would like to visit us or have a chat, please get in touch.

Contact us

Should you need to contact the OT team during your stay, they are available Monday to Friday 8am and 4.30pm.

You can reach Occupational Therapy by calling:

  • Cheltenham General Hospital - 0300 422 3040
  • Gloucestershire Royal Hospital - 0300 422 8586

Your call may be directed to an answer phone, but please be assured we will call you back as soon as possible if you leave your name and phone number.

For Occupational Therapy at home, please contact the Social Services Adult Helpdesk