What we do

Specialist palliative care physiotherapists work across a variety of settings which include the inpatient unit, community, day care and outpatients.

We play a vital role in the multidisciplinary specialist palliative care team by improving function and quality of life for patients and their families.

Physiotherapists assess and treat individuals who struggle with mobility, deconditioning and muscle weakness. Treatment goals are negotiated and framed based on a patient’s needs.

We offer expertise in the management of various symptoms such as pain, breathlessness, fatigue and lymphoedema.

We also offer acupuncture to assist with symptoms such as hot flushes, anxiety and nausea.

Who is it for?

Our teams, which are based on Ward Six in Ysbyty Cwm Cynon Valley Hospital and Y Bwythyn in Pontypridd, accept individuals for palliative or end of life care, regardless of their diagnosis.

We see both cancer and non-cancer patients, such as end stage heart failure, respiratory, neurological (metastatic spinal cord compression, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis) and renal disease.

Individuals with specialist palliative care needs often present with multifaceted problems with an increasing range of underlying pathologies.

Rehabilitation is now considered a crucial aspect of the patient pathway in which the specialist palliative care physiotherapist plays a key role.

Can anyone use this service?

Access is available to adults with Specialist Palliative Care (SPC) needs via doctors, Macmillan clinical nurse specialists, secondary and tertiary care professionals on completion of the All Wales SPC referral form.

Opening Times

8:30 am – 4:30 pm


What to expect

The specialist palliative care physiotherapist will carry out a detailed holistic assessment addressing a patient’s physical, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual needs.

The physiotherapist will aim to improve or restore a patient’s function, increase conditioning, mobility and reduce disability and pain. A tailored individual treatment plan with realistic goals would be formulated.

Treatments will vary based on an individual’s needs and referrals to other services could be initiated accordingly. Good communication links are maintained and close multidisciplinary team working is promoted in order to ensure that patients are in their preferred place of care towards the end of their lives.

Contact us

Ysbyty Cwm Cynon Valley Hospital
Uma Vadivel
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Palliative Care
New Road
Mountain Ash
CF45 4BZ
Telephone number 01443 71 5236
Gail Havard
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Palliative Care
Y Bwythyn – Pontypridd Cottage Hospital
The Common
Hospital Road
CF37 4AL
Telephone number 01443 443788 (Extension 2343)

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