Fast-track physiotherapy

Seafarers Physiotherapy Network

The Seafarers Hospital Society has a well-established extremely effective Physiotherapy Network offering free fast-track physiotherapy to working merchant seafarers and fishers.

The Physiotherapy Network has been extended and we now have members in Cornwall, Devon, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  All physiotherapists are members of The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE) and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and are trained to provide a holistic and preventative approach to physiotherapy services for fishers and merchant seafarers. Preventative treatment and exercises are a vital means to help avoid injury caused by the physical demands and repetitive nature of work as a merchant seafarer or fisher. Repetitive strain injuries, and musculoskeletal issues, often caused by heavy lifting, are common long-term health issues reported by seafarers. Furthermore, life at sea can make it difficult to access treatment or keep up with regular appointments, so SHS provides access to fast-track physiotherapy to help seafarers stay fit to work at sea. All treatment costs are covered by the Seafarers Hospital Society.

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Response Occupational Health

Seafarers Hospital Society are now funding free physiotherapy for working seafarers through Response Occupational Health. The service is available to merchant seafarers and fishers throughout the UK. The Response Group and Occupational Health has a network of 19 physiotherapy practices across the UK, so you should not have to travel far for assistance with your injury.

Incorporated in 2006, Response Occupational Health, formally known as Therapy Direct, is an ACPHOE registered and ISO9001 accredited, flexible and innovative physiotherapy company. It has a proven track record of delivering expert, bespoke occupational health and wellbeing solutions for public and private sector organizations, across a wide range of industries and professions.

Their leadership team brings a wealth of experience from the field of occupational healthcare. It now operates with a core team of therapists each with a specific area of expertise and a network of therapists and clinics nationwide.

To access the physiotherapy service, please phone Response Occupational Health on 0800 999 7055 or email [email protected] to arrange to speak to a Physiotherapist for advice and support. If you need to see a Physiotherapist for a more thorough assessment and treatment, they will arrange for you to be seen locally at no additional cost to you.

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