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Many officers attending the Treatment Centres do so to receive intensive physiotherapy treatment.
Each patient is thoroughly assessed regarding their condition upon arrival, and the volume of treatment decided by an experienced clinician. A tailored programme is then developed based on the individual’s clinical needs.
A proactive approach to treatment is given at the Centre, with the emphasis on “helping patients to help themselves”.
Tailored programmes may include a combination of exercise, hands on therapy and pain relief mechanisms such as acupuncture or electrotherapy, e.g. interferential therapy.
Patients are encouraged to participate in education and exercise classes and make good use of the facilities, including the hydrotherapy pool, swimming pool, fitness gym and tennis courts.
The open plan physio suite provides a comfortable and relaxed environment for treatment to be given in and the widespread skill mix of the physiotherapists ensures excellent treatment is provided. There are additional clinical areas with curtains and a private treatment room to aid dignity and personal space if needed.
A huge benefit is gained from the close working arrangement with the fitness and leisure staff, ensuring all patients are well equipped to continue their rehabilitation when they leave.
The majority of treatment offered is on an inpatient basis, however for those officers within one hour travel time to the centre, outpatient appointments can be arranged and usually consist of a maximum of 6 sessions per episode.
Patients should come prepared and dress appropriately for treatment and exercise with correct sportswear, footwear and swimwear.
"From day one my physio was professional, knowledgeable and put me at ease instantly. They were always full of encouragement to improve each day with the emphasis on pushing myself within safe limits. The facilities on offer are first class and without it there would be a high volume of officers on restricted duties long-term or indefinitely. With the thorough programme and expert guidance given by my physio I am much better and full of knowledge to help improve my recovery period and return to work sooner".
Please note, demand
for the PWP at the PTCs continues to increase, and therefore, in order manage
waiting times any applications received from Northern Forces of England (Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham & Northumbria) will be directed
to Castlebrae, unless there is a compelling reason to attend St Andrews.
PWP is designed specifically for Serving Officers, and enabling them
to have coping strategies in their working life. Therefore, at this time,
applications will be prioritised for those in Service. Due to
the waiting times, anyone retiring within 6 months from the date of application
will not be eligible to apply for treatment, unless there is a compelling