The St James’s Hospital Physiotherapy Department is located on the Ground Floor of Hospital 4, off Junction 1, near the James's Street Gate of St. James's Hospital. 

What we do


“To promote, facilitate and support all our patients to achieve their optimal physical ability through excellence in clinical practice, collaboration, education, research and innovation”

Physiotherapy is a health profession concerned with helping to restore well-being to people following injury, pain or disability. Chartered Physiotherapists use mainly physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status.

Using knowledge from our extensive scientific background of human anatomy and physiology, Chartered Physiotherapists can help to assess, diagnose and treat conditions and illnesses that affect people in all ages and social groups, assist in injury prevention and promote healthier lifestyles for all.

The physiotherapy department provides both an inpatient and outpatient service to patients referred by their Consultant teams.  Services are divided into a number of areas of specialisation each headed by a Senior Physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy is part of the SCOPe Management Unit.


Contact Details

The physiotherapy department is open for appointments and other enquiries from Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 4.45pm.

Postal address:
Physiotherapy Department,

Ground Floor, Hospital 4,

St. James’s Hospital,

Dublin 8.

Phone: (01) 416 2503 or (01) 416 2504
Fax:  01 4162497

An answering machine service operates out of hours. When leaving a message, please clearly state your name and your hospital number which is written on your appointment card.

If you are calling from outside the Hospital and wish to speak to a specific member of the Physiotherapy Department Team, please phone Hospital switchboard on 01 4103000 and ask for the bleep number of the staff member you require. Staff names and bleep numbers are listed in the attachment below


Physiotherapy Department Bleep List (updated November 2019)


The department is divided into over ten areas of specialisation, each headed by a senior physiotherapist. These include cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, rheumatology, care of the elderly, neurology, women’s health, breast care and lymphoedema, burns and plastic surgery, sickle cell anaemia among others.

There are also currently 15 Clinical Specialists on staff specialising in respiratory physiotherapy (3), prehabilitation (1) care of the elderly (1), stroke (2), Multiple Sclerosis (1), emergency department (1), musculoskeletal triage (1), haemophilia (2), Frailty Intervention Team (1), pre-habilitation (1) and mens health (1).

Student Training

The Physiotherapy Department has strong links with Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

Our staff supervise undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students on practice placements from the TCD School of Physiotherapy and there are three on-site practice tutors. Physiotherapy staff deliver  lectures on the undergraduate academic programme in TCD.


Permanent positions are advertised in the Career Opportunities section of the website.

Temporary work is also available from time to time and it is best to apply direct to the Physiotherapy Manager to discover any opportunities. Physiotherapists must be eligible for membership of the ISCP.

Enquiries should be directed to the Physiotherapy Manager, Physiotherapy Department, St James Hospital, Dublin 8.

Work experience / Physiotherapy Open Days

We regret that we are unable to offer work experience in the Physiotherapy Department as we have an ongoing heavy commitment throughout the year to physiotherapy students affiliated with Trinity College Dublin. Instead, once a year, the St. James’s Hospital Physiotherapy Department hosts a Student Open Day, which 4th-6th year students are invited to attend. At our open days, Chartered Physiotherapists from the Department will give you a brief overview of the assessment and management of patients from their speciality and will demonstrate some assessment or treatment techniques that they use on a daily basis. Students are given the opportunity to ask questions at any stage. Physiotherapists will speak on specialities including: outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy, orthopaedics, sports, care of the older person/stroke and respiratory/cardiorespiratory. The most recent Physiotherapy Open Day took place on 30th of October 2019. Details of upcomng Open Days will be posted here.

It is also recommended that those interested in a career in Physiotherapy also visit the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists website

The following links also provide useful information about what a career in physiotherapy entails - watch our "YouTube stars" Emer O'Shea and Sarah Moore talk about their work in St. James's Hospital Physiotherapy Department.



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