Please note that the St James’s Hospital Physiotherapy Department is now 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 25/10/17) (PDF 324Kb)


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 eleven Clinical Specialists on staff specialising in respiratory physiotherapy (3), care of the elderly (1), stroke (1), Multiple Sclerosis (1), emergency department (1), musculoskeletal triage (1), haemophilia (2) and Frailty Intervention Team (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.

Next Physiotherapy Open Day : Thursday 29 March 2018

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. Our next Open Day will be held on Thursday 29 March 2018 from 10-1230 in the Physiotherapy Department.

Physiotherapists from the hospital will give an overview of the assessment and management of patients from their own specialties. We aim to have a strong practical element to this open day and attendees will have the opportunity to try various assessment and treatment techniques. Students will be able to ask questions at any stage.  Physiotherapists will speak on specialties including: outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy, orthopaedics, sports physiotherapy, rehab of the older person/stroke, respiratory/cardiorespiratory and paediatrics. During the day there will be a previous patient from the hospital giving a short talk on the role physiotherapy played in his recovery. There will also be a student focused talk from a fourth year physiotherapy student who will discuss the undergraduate programs offered in Ireland currently in physiotherapy.

If you would like to attend the day, please RSVP via our Eventbrite page, accessible via

There are a limited number of places for this day so please book early to ensure your place. If you have any questions about the day, please e-mail Michelle Mc Court on or Conor Stout on 

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