Our Services

Our Services
Fatigue Management

Fatigue is a feeling of weariness or extreme tiredness which can affect you both physically and mentally. Some patients who have been seen on a one-to-one basis by a rheumatology Occupational Therapist may benefit from attending our Fatigue Management Programme which is launching in autumn 2022.

More information can be found at:

Occupational Therapy for Rheumatology - hand splint
Splinting and Hand Exercises

Splints are rigid or flexible devices which assist in maintaining the position of your hand or wrist to help ease strain or pain. The Occupational Therapist may also provide you with a specific hand exercise programme.

Joint Protection

The Rheumatology Occupational Therapists can provide advice and education to reduce aches, pain and strains on joints to protect them in both the short and longer term.

Further information can be found here:

Home Visits

The Rheumatology Occupational Therapy team may need to conduct an environmental analysis and suggest that they visit you at home.

Occupational Therapy for Rheumatology - home visits in Blackpool
Emotional Support

Even if you are not experiencing any practical difficulties at the present time, the Rheumatology Occupational Therapists can still provide advice and make recommendations to help limit the impact that the rheumatic condition may have on your day-to-day life over time.

You may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety, stress, low mood, frustration and in some cases a sense of loss, or you may generally hope to feel “better in yourself”. The Rheumatology Occupational Therapist will support you to explore these feelings and work to address them with you and / or sign post you to different activities and services that we know can improve wellbeing.

Referrals to Other Services

The Rheumatology Occupational Therapist team will regularly refer patients to Community Occupational Therapists in the local social work department or to other Allied Health Professional colleagues in physiotherapy, podiatry and orthotics.

Vocational Rehabilitation

For many rheumatology patients, work is an essential activity and the Rheumatology Occupational Therapists can provide advice, education and support to help you manage your health at work or when you return to work after a period of absence.