Physiotherapy Department News April 2018

St. James's Hospital Physiotherapy Department leading the way on health and wellbeing promotion: We have a very active health and wellbeing committee within the Department and we are proud of all our achievements in health and wellbeing promotion for staff and patients alike. Physiotherapists from the various specialities are currently taking part in the HSE Steps to Health Challenge 2018. Also, from this month on, physiotherapy staff are leading weekly training runs for Hospital staff taking part in the the annual Liberties Fun Run in aid of the St James's Hospital Foundation. Finally on 13 April, physiotherapy staff will lead a "lunchtime mile" around the campus for Hospital staff.

#endpjparalysis: Physiotherapy staff on a number of wards are planning to start the 70 day "End PJ Paralysis" challenge. The premise of "End PJ Paralysis" is about enabling hospitalised patients to get up, dressed and moving in order to prevent deconditioning.

Preparation for CORU Registration : Physiotherapy staff are currently busy preparing for registration with CORU - Ireland's multi-profession health regulator. CORU's role is to protect the public through regulating the Health and Social Care Professions. For more information see

Newly appointed Clinical Specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy : Congrats to our newest Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Yvonne Burke.

National Health and Social Care Professionals Day 2018 #wehscps: We were delighted to welcome Dr Emma Stokes, President World Confederation of Physical Therapists (WCPT) and former physiotherapist at St. James's Hospital to launch a breakfast meeting for SCOPe staff (Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Clinical Nutrition, Speech and Language Therapy) on 1 February 2018. Emma's key note speech was followed by presentations from each of the 5 SCOPe departments highlighting recent innovations in their respective areas.

#We LOVE audit : Well done to staff grade physiotherapists who presented the results of clinical audits in February. Well done to Bróna Kelly, Róisín Pakenham and Conor Stout who won the prize for best clinical audit. The team had some interesting findings on our physiotherapy documentation and some innovative ways of making improvements. 

Our most recent Open Day for secondary school students was held in March 2018. Physiotherapists from the Hospital gave an overview of the assessment and management of patients from their own specialties. Attendees had the opportunity to try various assessment and treatment techniques. There was also a student focused talk from a fourth year physiotherapy student who  discussed the undergraduate programmes offered in Ireland currently in physiotherapy. Watch this space for details of our next Open Day.  

Congratulations to the Home FIRst Team Frailty Intervention and Response Team (Specialist Older Persons Team within the Emergency Department) on winning the7th Annual William Stokes Award 2017. : Congratulations to Lucinda Edge (Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Gerontology), Aoife Dillon (Candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Older People),  Íde O’Shaughnessy (Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in Gerontology), Sinead Flynn (Senior Medical Social Worker). Well done to the two other teams with physiotherapy representation - PT and OT Plastics Therapy Led Clinic and the Burns Rehabilitation Team. The awards ceremony takes place on Friday 1 December. 

Best poster award at theInternational Falls Frailty & Bone Health 2017 Conference - Well done to Lucinda Edge, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, and her colleagues on the Home First Frailty Team on winning the best poster prize at the International Falls Frailty & Bone Health 2017 Conference in November.

Congratulations to physiotherapist Margo O'Neill on her recent appointment to the post of DemPath co-ordinator for one year.

News from the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) service : As a gesture of thanks for fundraising by MS service-users over recent times, Elaine Ross, Clinical Specialist in MS, organised an event in the physiotherapy department on the evening of Tues 28th November in the our physiotherapy gym.  A plaque was unveiled by MS patients to highlight the fundraising by patients and donation by pharmaceutical company Merck Serona which helped to purchase all the new gym equipment.

Four Clinical Microsystems Coaches in the Physiotherapy Department: Congratulations to Niamh Murphy, Brid Wilson, Joanne Finn and Joanne Dowds who gained their Level 1 coaching credentials from Dartmouth Institute over the past year.  The coaches are continuing to facilitate improvement work with multidisciplinary teams across the Hospital. 

We value your feedback: We review over 4,000 new outpatients each year and provide over 12,000 treatment sessions to our patients annually. Every patient matters and their experience is very important to us. We collect and listen to feedback from patients and make changes to our service to improve the patient experience. In the summer of 2017, all of our staff grade physiotherapists undertook a service user feedback project to gain closer insights into our services and give us ideas for improvements. Please take a minute to look at feedback from our service users in 2017.

Feedback from service users of the Physiotherapy Department 2017 (PDF 818Kb)

Physiotherapy Manager- Niamh Murphy

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Niamh Murphy has been the physiotherapy manager in St James’s Hospital since 2004. She is a very experienced manager and leader, currently managing 70 physiotherapy staff and coordinating physiotherapy services to 1040 beds and 8,500 OPD referrals a year. Niamh is also part of the SCOPe executive management team.

Niamh graduated from the UCD School of Physiotherapy in 1993 and is a highly experienced physiotherapist having worked as the COPD Outreach Co-ordinator in SJH, a senior physiotherapist in respiratory in SJH, a staff grade therapist in Beaumont hospital and also as a staff grade in Australia and the USA.

Niamh also brings significant post graduate qualifications to her role having completed an MSc in Exercise physiology in TCD (2001), a Higher Diploma Healthcare management in RCSI (2005), a HSE Leadership programme (2014) and a Quality Improvement course (2013). She is very interested and passionate about research, quality improvement and leadership and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).


Deputy Physiotherapy Manager- Brid Wilson

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Brid graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1999. She has worked in SJH since 2001, progressing from Staff Grade to Senior Grade and also Clinical Specialist in the Emergency Department. Brid became deputy physiotherapy manager in SJH in 2016. Brid has also worked as a physiotherapist in Sydney, Australia in 2000 and in St. Vincent’s University Hospital prior to coming to St James’s Hospital.

In 2009 Brid completed an MSc in Quality & Safety in Healthcare Management. In addition, she also completed a certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy in 2006 and a certificate in LEAN healthcare management in 2014. She is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Brid’s interests include Quality & Process Improvement in Healthcare, Research & Innovation and Leadership. In the specialty of Emergency Department care she has expertise in musculoskeletal injuries and discharge facilitation in older persons.

Protocols for Physiotherapists

These protocols have been developed by the Consultants, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists here in St James's Hospital. These protocols are to guide therapists in the treatment of patients following surgery. You are welcome to download these protocols.

Extensor Tendon Zone 1 and 2 Repair (PDF 114Kb)

Extensor Tendon Zone 3 and 4 Repair (PDF 116Kb)

Extensor Tendon Zone 5-8 Repair (PDF 79Kb)

Extensor Tendon Zone 5-8 including EPL repair (PDF 73Kb)

Volar plate repair (PDF 70Kb)

Flexor Tendon Repair (PDF 120Kb)

Digital Nerve Repair (PDF 69Kb)

Median and Ulnar Nerve Repair (PDF 74Kb)

Dupuytrens Release (PDF 66Kb)

Related Links

SJH Occupational Therapy Department

SJH Clinical Nutrition Department

SJH Speech and Language Therapy Department

SJH Social Work Department

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Health and Social Care Professionals Council

St. James Hospital Foundation

Physiotherapy Department, Trinity College Dublin

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