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Occupational Health Physiotherapy

Any member of Cardiff & Vale UHB staff can self refer to Physiotherapy via Occupational Health.

If you have any musculoskeletal related pain or disability, for example; back, knee, shoulder etc, you can receive quick access to advice to help manage your condition.  Whether you have experienced an injury in or out of work, you can be assessed by one of our physiotherapy team by referring yourself to the service. As with all assessments undertaken by Occupational Health, the physiotherapy assessment is strictly confidential.

If you would like to self-refer you can do so by contacting either the Occupational Health Service at UHW on ext 02920 743264, or the Occupational Health Service at UHL on ext 02920 715140.



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Some of the key points include:

  • ‘Poor’ or ‘Bad Posture’ are often  terms used to explain aches and pains for people working in static positions. 
  • However ‘good posture’ alone does not always prevent musculoskeletal conditions developing.
  • It is likely that, irrespective of your posture, you will suffer significant aches & pains if you spend too long seated or in one position
  • It is vital that you do not spend too long in the same position
  • Set alarm on your PC or other device to alert you every 20-30 minutes to take a 30 second ‘micropause’ from your working position
  • Use this time to ‘move’ all your major joints such as the shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands or even get up from your seat to change your position briefly
  • A short walk, every hour, to the bathroom or to make a drink will also help to reduce the potential for the onset of musculoskeletal  conditions
  • Incorporate activity where possible, such as a lunchtime walk

Workplace Assessments

Currently we have more people working from home than we usually do. Implementing the advice in the following video could help you to reduce the onset of MSK conditions, or the irritation of existing conditions, which may be brought about by home working. 




If you feel that your workplace is contributing to a musculoskeletal condition then a workplace assessment may be appropriate.

Is your chair contributing to your musculoskeletal problem?
Please view -  ‘Ergonomic Chair Set-up and Information’

Do you use a laptop at work? Find out how to reduce the risk of developing Musculoskeletal Conditions.

Keeping Fit

There are many ways to stay fit in work.


Pain Management Resources 



Sedentary Workers Useful Information does your job involve prolonged sitting/standing?

Sickness rates of Administrative staff (Sedentary) is as high as 4.3% in Wales NHS workers, only 2.1% lower than that for more frontline ‘hands on’ professions such as Nursing, midwifery and Health Visitors (6.4%) (StatsWales 2017). Please click link for information for sedentary workers occupational health information.  

There are also some useful exercise sheets and videos available on the Arthritis Research;


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