Occupational Therapy

Introduction to the Service

The Specialist Palliative Care Therapies Team is a community based service, with assessments undertaken predominantly in patients' homes; Walsall Palliative Care Centre, or within St Giles Walsall Hospice (located within Walsall Palliative Care Centre). Where these locations are not feasible, alternative locations will be negotiated on an individual basis i.e. family member's homes; employment or day centre settings.

The Specialist Palliative Care Occupational Therapy Team supports adults with a palliative care diagnosis who are experiencing functional difficulties as a result of disease progression. The team works in partnership with patients so that they can be as comfortable and productive as possible and live as independently as possible with a sense of control, maximising their functional independence and quality of life.

The service is available to adults who are Walsall residents or registered with a Walsall GP with:

  • A palliative care or life limiting diagnosis who as a result of functional deterioration in line with disease progression require Specialist Community based Occupational Therapy intervention.
  • Patients who have multiple and complex problems; patients with minor coping difficulties, and those who are functioning well and wish to maintain and promote their well being.
  • Patients returning home after a period of admission in hospital /specialist care setting and are identified with functional deterioration from preadmission status, or potential functional change post discharge, and as a result may require ongoing Community Specialist Therapies input.


Our input may include:

  • Practical Strategies i.e. coping strategies; fatigue management and energy conservation techniques.
  • Assessment and prescription of equipment to support community living.
  • Assessment and prescription of adaptation works to enable optimum independence - this may include identification of eligibility for housing grants and liaison with appropriate social care colleagues regarding provision.
  • Regular review to take into account fluctuations in health and functional status.
  • Provision of advice to other health and social care providers regarding appropriate input and support.
Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

The office is not manned continously, however, there is an answer phone facility when unmanned. This service is not an emergency service. In the event of an emergency, contact your GP, District Nurse, ward staff or NHS Direct 0845 4547

Service Locations

Walsall Palliative Care Centre

Goscote Lane




Tel No: 01922 602630

Fax No: 01922 602510

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Service Lead

Kerrie Phipps

Team Lead Specialist Palliative Therapies Team

Are Self-Referrals Accepted?

Self-referrals are accepted.

Where a referral is not from a healthcare professional, clarification regarding diagnosis and supporting medical information will be sough prior to referral acceptance.



How to access the service

Written referrals should be completed using the Community Adult Oncology and Palliative Care referral form or Single Assessment Process (SAP) documentation and include clinical reasoning for referral i.e. outline of functional difficulties experienced in line with diagnosis or disease progression. Fatigue/breathlessness management, maintaining function and independence, improving comfort and quality of life.


Referrals should be supplemented with additional medical details as appropriate. If unsure of the appropriateness of a referral, please contact the team to discuss prior to forwarding the referral.

You can access the referral form by clicking the link below:

Community Adult Oncology Palliative Care Referral Form