We value your feedback

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. Please take a minute to look at an infographic of feedback from our service users collected in July 2018.

Physiotherapy Department Service User Feedback July 2018 (PDF 325Kb)

Physiotherapy Department News October 2018

World Physiotherapy day September 2018: Our staff marked this years World Physiotherapy Day with a talk entitled "Move for your Mind" . The session was delivered by Dr Julie Broderick, Ass. Prof Department of Physiotherapy TCD and Sonia Collier Clinical Psychologist. We also ran competitions in the Department on the day with staff fitness challenges as well as an information stand in the Hospital Concourse about the benefits of Physiotherapy for your mental health.

Congratulations to Senior Physiotherapist Grainne Kerr : Grainne has been voted "best individual campaigner" in the #endpjparalysis 70 day challenge awards.  The premise of "End PJ Paralysis" is about enabling hospitalised patients to get up, dressed and moving in order to prevent deconditioning. Since introducing this initiative 30% more patients are up and dressed by 12 pm each day in St. James's Hospital.Physiotherapy staff on a number of wards completed the 70 day "End PJ Paralysis" challenge.

Well done to staff grade physiotherapist Róisín Pakenham : Róisín took part in the ITU World Age Group Triathon Championships in Australia this month and in the European Championships in Scotland last month representing Ireland in the Triathlon

5 Newly appointed Clinical Specialists: Congrats to our 5 most recently appointed Clinical Specialist Physiotherapists - Bláthnaid Mealy (CAre of the Elderly) Yvonne Burke (Musculoskeletal) , Kate Tierney (Musculoskeletal Triage) , Sinead Coleman (Stroke 0.5 WTE) and Kate Devenney (COPD Outreach Team 0.5 WTE).

Our next Open Day for secondary school students will be held on Thursday 1 November 2018 from 930am - 12 pm. Physiotherapists from the Department will give a brief overview of the assessment and management of patients from their specialty and demonstrate assessment and treatment techniques. There will plenty of opportunites to ask questions. Further information available from Michelle Mc Court or Conor Stout To register for the event please visit the following link

Physiotherapy Department marks its first birthday! : The Physiotherapy Department at Hospital 4 marked its 1st birthday recently. Thanks to all those who came along to mark the occasion. We are well settled into our new home and are delighted with the new facilities for patients and staff alike. Recently we have some new wall art installed in the department to enhance our health promotion nessage - movement is medicine.

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 recently took part in the HSE Steps to Health Challenge 2018. Physiotherapy staff led weekly training runs for Hospital staff taking part in the the annual Liberties Fun Run in aid of the St James's Hospital Foundation in July. Our staff participate in a weekly lunch time walk with our MDT colleagues in SCOPE -health and social care professionals.

Physiotherapist Alice Waugh has a paper published in "General Hospital Psychiatry" Journal: Congratulations to Alice Waugh, Senior Physiotherapist, and colleagues on the publication of their research in General Hospital Psychiatry. Physiotherapists can play an important role in helping people with major mental illness to increase physical activity and reduce their metabolic risk.  Read the article here

Congratulations to Claire Murtagh, Senior Physiotherapist in Oncology: Claire was awarded best poster presentation at the St James's Hospital Clinical Audit and Quality Improvement Seminar in May 2018 for her work entitled "The addition of an outpatient Pink Pilates class to the physiotherapy service for surgical breast cancer patients"

Congratulations to Joanne Dowds, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in ICU: Joanne has recently returned from Denmark after 5 weeks as part of the HOPE Exchange Programme. This Exchange Programme aims to lead to better understanding of the functioning of healthcare and hospital systems within the EU and neighbour countries, by facilitating co-operation and exchange of best practices.

Well done to outpatient physiotherapy staff on reducing the "DNA rate" : Well done to Outpatient staff in reducing the non attendance rate at outpatient physiotherapy clinics to 6.8%. Keeping this rate low enables us to see all of our patients sooner.

News from the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) service : An event "Practical ways of keeping well with MS was held on 22/5/2018 . It was an information and networking event for people recently diagnosed with MS and presentations were delivered by phyiostherapy, occupational therapy, medical social work, clinical nutrition and MS Ireland. Late last year, as a gesture of thanks for fundraising by MS service-users over recent times, 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 in the physiotherapy department.

Meet our staff

Physiotherapy Manager- Niamh Murphy

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

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

Marie Keating Foundation

Irish Cancer Society

Irish Heart Foundation

Advice on quitting smoking

Arthritis Ireland

Dublin City Council- Passport for Leisure

Irish Osteoporosis Society

Chronic Pain-

A Lust for Life

Irish MS Society