Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps people of all ages to lead healthy and fulfilling lives by improving their ability to carry out daily activities.

Occupational therapists treat individuals by assessing and working on functional ability, providing education for patients or carers, modifying ways of doing tasks, supplying equipment, recommending environmental modification, and organising services required to enable the patient to function as independently as possible.

As occupational therapists (OT), we aim to provide timely and appropriate services to enable our patients to achieve the best possible quality of recovery and optimum independence following injury or illness.

For more information on how occupational therapy can help you or if you are considering a career as an OT please visit www.cot.co.uk

If you are interested in working as an occupational therapist for the Trust, please visit the careers section of this website for more information.

Returning loaned equipment given to you by the occupational therapist

If you need to return the equipment loaned to you, please call NRS on 08451 272 933 to arrange collection. You can also find this number on a sticker on each piece of equipment.

Contact details

Worthing 01903 205111 ext 85023
St Richard’s 01243 788122 ext 35196 or 01243 831521
Southlands 01273 455 622 ext 83487 or 01273 446 060


About our OT service


Occupational Therapy Teams cover the following specialities:

  • A&E
  • Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics and Surgery

The OT team will review with the patient how they are managing their day to day activities and identify ways to overcome or manage the issues affecting them. These areas may include:

  • Personal care
  • Domestic tasks
  • Mobility and transfers
  • Cognitive ability

This can also involve:

  • Assessment for equipment to promote independence
  • Advice on compensatory techniques
  • Manual handling and risk assessment
  • Referral to community services with your consent.




Hand therapy

OT’s within the outpatient Hand Therapy Service provide non-surgical management of hand disorders and injuries including exercises, splinting and wound care.


OT’s within the outpatient Rheumatology Service provide treatment and advice to help you look after your joints, through splinting, equipment, exercise and advice. This is done through individual and group sessions.

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Contact Details

  • Tel: Worthing 01903 205111 ext 85023 - St Richard's 01243 788122 ext 35196 or 01243 831521 - Southlands 01273 455 622 ext 83487 or 01273 446 060

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