Rehabilitation Service Providers in England and Wales

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Private prothetic providers:
Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd (Hampshire)
Dorset Orthopaedic Company Ltd (Birmingham) 
Dorset Orthopaedic Company Ltd (Hampshire) 
Dorset Orthopaedic Company Ltd (Leeds) 
Dorset Orthopaedic Company Ltd (London) 
Limb Solutions (Hampshire) 
Opcare (Oxfordshire)
Ortho Europe Ltd (Oxfordshire) 
Ossur UK (Manchester) 
Otto Bock UK Limited (Surrey) 
Pace Rehabilitation (Buckinghamshire) 
Pace Rehabilitation (Cheshire) 
ProActive Prosthetics Ltd (Surrey) 
Rehab Prosthetics (Leicestershire) 
The London Prosthetic Centre (Leeds)
The London Prosthetic Centre (London) 
The London Prosthetic Centre (Surrey) 
Touch Bionics Clinic (Scotland) 
W D Spence (Glasgow) 

Treatment centres:
Douglas Bader Centre, Queen Mary's Hospital Putney, London
A prosthetic service has been available at Queen Mary’s Hospital since the First World War.  It has developed into an internationally recognised service offering highly specialised services for amputees. Services offered The service offers artificial limb assessment, prescription, manufacture, fitting and training for patients with upper and/or lower limb amputations, or limb deficiency.  This is delivered by a multidisciplinary team and led by a consultant in rehabilitation medicine.  The service works with clients to assess their needs, rehabilitate them into the community and help them achieve function, mobility and independence.  This is available as either an inpatient or an outpatient.
Facilities: Examination rooms; Prosthetic cast and fitting rooms; Prosthetic factory on site; Therapy treatment gym; Occupational Therapy functional assessment rooms
Opening hours Monday to Friday 9am – 2.30pm Service lead Dr S Sooriakumaran Service consultants, surgeons and clinicians
Dr S Sooriakumaran, Consultant in Rehabilitation medicine; Dr Subsinghe, Associate Specialist Registrar;  Nursing staff based at the Vitali clinic; Prosthetists; Therapists; Psychologist; Medical Social Worker; Contact details
Telephone advice 0208 487 6030 – Vitali Clinic Secretaries 020 8487 6800 Outpatients’ main number 0208 487 6001 / 6002 / 6003 Fax 020 8487 6805 Email

RNOH Royal National Orthopaedic Centre, Stanmore
Learn more about “What We Do” here.
Prosthetic and Amputee Rehabilitation Centre The Prosthetic and Amputee Rehabilitation Centre provides a service to people who have undergone amputation, those who may need an amputation and those (mainly children) with congenital limb loss. The service is for life and includes the provision, maintenance and repair of artificial limbs together with a rehabilitation service provided by a multidisciplinary team. The centre is one of 44 in the UK with people accessing the service from a wide geographical area. The service manager is Sue Walker and the multidisciplinary team includes:
Consultants in Rehabilitation Medicine - Professor Rajiv Hanspal and Dr Sedki
Prosthetists and clinic assistant; Technicians and clinical technicians; Rehabilitation engineer; Physiotherapists; Occupational therapists; Clinical psychologist; Counsellor; Health care assistant; Administrative/secretarial staff
Nursing support Access to the service Referral to the service is usually through the surgical teams following amputation. However, later referrals can be made by a GP/healthcare professional. Opening hours The centre is open from 08.00 until 16.30 for booked appointments. Emergencies can be accommodated at short notice. Contact us Appointments and all general enquiries: 020 8954 0020 
Limbless Association The Limbless Association is a leading UK charity for people with limb-loss, their family, friends and carers and the industry and healthcare professionals who support them.We offer free, friendly and impartial information on all aspects of limb-loss and provide a national “voice” for UK prosthetic patients, encouraging best practice in the industry and promoting equal opportunities in the community.
Whether you are preparing for an amputation, already undergoing rehabilitation or need support at any stage after limb-loss, the Limbless Association is here to help. 

NHS treatment centres:
Aberdeen DSC 
Belfast DSC 
Birmingham DSC 
Brighton DSC 
Bristol DSC 
Cambridge DSC 
Cardiff DSC 
Carlisle DSC 
Charing Cross DSC 
Cleveland DSC
Crystal Palace DSC 
Derby DSC 
Dorset DSC 
Dundee DSC 
Edinburgh DSC 
Exeter DSC 
Gillingham (Kent) DSC 
Glasgow DSC 
Harold Wood (Essex) DSC 
Hull DSC 
Inverness DSC
Isle Of Wight DSC 
Leeds DSC 
Leicester DSC 
Lincoln DSC (Nottingham Satellite Centre) 
Liverpool DSC 
Luton and Dunstable DSC 
Manchester DSC
Newcastle DSC 
Northampton DSC
Norwich DSC
Nottingham DSC 
Nuffield (Oxford) DSC 
Plymouth DSC 
Portsmouth DSC 
Preston DSC 
Roehampton DSC
Sheffield DSC
Stanmore DSC 
Stoke-On-Trent DSC
Swansea DSC 
Wirral DSC 
Wolverhampton DSC 
Wrexham DSC

Amputee information
BACP (The British Association for Counseling & Psychotherapy) View details BACPAR (British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation) 
BAPO (British Association of Prosthetists & Orthotists) 
Benefit Enquiry Line 
BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association) 
BSRM (British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine) 
COT (College of Occupational Therapists) 
CSP (The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) 
Direct Gov 
DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) 
Forum of Mobility Centres 
ISPO (International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics) 
NACAB (National Association of Citizen's Advice Bureau) 
Paralympics GB 
RADAR (The Royal Association for Disability & Rehabilitation) 
The AA Disability Helpline 
The Charity Commission 
The Department for Transport - Access for Disabled People 
The Department for Work and Pensions 
The Department of Health 
The Equality & Human Rights Commission 
The Healthcare Commission 

Amputee Associations
Amputee Coalition of America 
Benefit Enquiry Line 
BLESMA - British Limbless Ex-Serviceman's Association 
Citizens Advice Bureau 
Citizens Advice Guide on Benefits 
Contact a Family 
Disabled Living Foundation 
Disabled Parents Network 
Douglas Bader Foundation 
Family Action 
Heather Mills Website 
Help The Aged 
Leonard Cheshire Disability 
Limb Loss Information Centre 
Limbless Association 
Mobility Trust 
Percy Bilton Charity (Providing Grants for Disabled Individuals) 
RADAR (Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation) 
REACH (for children with upper limb abnormalities) 
Red Cross (British)
STEPS (for children with lower limb abnormalities) 
The Meningitis Trust 
The Murray Foundation 
The Wheel Life 
Able Community care  The Old Parish Rooms, Whitlingham Lane Trowse, Norwich,  NR14 8TZ Telephone Fax 01603 764567 tel:01603 761655 Email  Website  If you know someone who may be looking for an alternative to moving into a residential care home please refer them to our website.   It is better to know us and not need us, than need us and not know us.
SHAD     Support and Housing Assistance  for People with Disabilities  5 Bedford Hill, Balham, London,  SW12 9ET Telephone 020 8675 6095 Email  Website    SHAD is one of the United Kingdom's leading specialists in independent living services for people with severe physical disabilities and is able to support people with their daily living by assisting them to live independently in their home.

Limb User Support groups
Belfast Limb User Group Address: Contact: Mr Denis Small Telephone: 02892 683774 
Birmingham Limb User Group  Birmingham Contact: Mrs Jennifer Rogers
Telephone: 0121 204 1725  Email:
Brighton Limb User Group Brighton Contact: Eileen Dee
Telephone: 01273 242164  Email:  
Bristol Limb User Group Contact:  Email: 
Cambridge Limb User Group Contact: Ross McCaig
Telephone: 01223 217859  Email: 
Cardiff ALAS Limb User Group - Rookwood Hospital Contact: Mr Gareth Jones (Alas Chair)
Email: Secondary Contact: Ms Christine Thomas Dsc Admin Manager 
Secondary Telephone: 02920 313927 Secondary Email: 
Charing Cross Limb User Group Contact: Carmel Ives Telephone: 020 8846 1144  Email: 
Chertsey Limb User Group Contact: Mr John Halfhide Telephone: 01798 861606 Cleveland Limb User Group Contact: Sally Smith Telephone: 01642 850850 ext 55353  Email: 
Colchester Prosthetic User Group PO Box 10590 Colchester
CO5 1AB  Email: 
Crystal Palace Limb User Group Contact: Angie McCrae Telephone: 0203 0497707  Email: 
Derby Limb User Group Contact: Mr Cedric Norman
Telephone: 07948 302211 Email: 
Dorset - Bournemouth Limb User Group Contact: Rosemary Mead Email: 
Epsom STEADY Support Group Contact: Ms Sue Humphreys
Telephone: 01372 739233  Email: 
Exeter Limb User Group Contact: Ms Emma Kidner Telephone: 01392 403646  Email: 
Gillingham Limb User Group Contact: Mr Bryan King, Chairman Telephone: 01634 838947 (c/o DSC Medway Maritime Hospital)  Email:  
Harold Wood Limb User Group Contact: Mr John Reid Telephone: 07722 621849  Email: 
High Wycombe Limb User Group Contact: Mrs Gail Wellings Telephone: 07970 836312 
Hull Limb User Group Contact: Mr Ron Hart Telephone: 01482 325656  Email: 
Inverness Limb User Group Contact: Ms Kathlene McLean Telephone: 01463 870892 
IOW Amputees Group Contact: Mrs Trudie Johnston  Telephone: 07815 5800409  Email: 
Isle of Man Limb User Group Contact: Mr Henry Ramagge Telephone: 01624 613702 
Leeds Limb User Group Contact: Mr Mike Hern
Leicester Limb User Group Contact: Pip Smith
Telephone: 0116 258 4593 
Liverpool Limb User Group Contact: Frank Andison
Telephone: 0151 226 3550
Luton & Dunstable Limb User Group Contact: Scott Richardson
Telephone: 01582 497125 
Manchester Limb User Group Contact: Mr Peter King
Telephone: 01625 528820/07710 3430 4486 
Midland Association for Amputees and Friends Contact: Ms Christine Mitchell
Telephone: 01246 828285 
North East Scotland Limb User Group (LOONS) Contact: Mr Dave McDonald
Telephone: 01224 644749 
North Manchester Limb User Group
Contact: Ms Sue Plevey
Telephone: 0161 720 2894 
North Midlands Amputee Support Group Contact: Mr Chris Smith
Telephone: 01782 833208 
Northampton Limb User Group Contact: Ms Di Oliver
Telephone: 01908 520756 
Email: Norwich Artificial Limb User Group (NALUG) View details 
Nottingham Limb User Group Contact: Mrs Sarah Howarth
Telephone: 0115 962 8044 
Oldham Limb User Group Contact: Debbie Ruff
Telephone: 0161 778 5820 
Oxford Limb User Group 
Plymouth (South-west) 
Portsmouth Limb User Group 
Preston Limb User Group 
Roehampton Limb User Group 
Shropshire Amputee Support Group 
Southampton - ACSIS (Amputee and Carers Support in Southampton) 
Stanmore Limb User Group 
Swansea Morriston Centre 
Swindon Limb User Group 
The Association for Limbless in Fife (and Dundee) 
Tunbridge Wells Limb User Group 
Wirral Limb User Group 
Wrexham Amputee Self-Help Alliance & User Group (WASHA) 
Wrexham Limb User Group 

The British Disabled Angling Association  9 Yew Tree Road, Delves,,Walsall, West Midlands  WS5 4NQ  Telephone  01922 860912 eMail  Website    The British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) is a registered charity set up in 1996 to develop fishing opportunities for disabled people. We were created following increased calls for the formation of a group to develop course, sea and game fishing opportunities for people with disabilities.
English Amputee & Les Autres  Bowls Association Please contact  Ray Smith,  Bob Love  01543 573528  0121 355 8681Anyone with a disability who would like to have a go please call us. 
Gardening  Thrive.  The Geoffrey Udall Centre,  Beech Hill, Reading,  RG7 2AT  Telephone   0118 988 5688  Thrive will help you carry on gardening, whatever your disability.  Thrive is a small national charity that helps people with a disability to start or continue gardening. We have practical information to make garden jobs easier, advice on taking care, useful hints and tips and details of the equipment and tools which will be particularly helpful. 
Grand National Archery Association Telephone 01952 677888 Website  Email Local clubs in:  Harrow, Pinner, Ruislip, Wealdstone, East Finchley, St Albans, Brentwood, Harlow And many more – use website or call to find nearest for you. The club structure of the Archery GB ensures that there will be a level of activity to suit your needs and provide you with enjoyable recreation or challenging competition.  If you are an established archer with some sort of disability, we would still like to hear from you. We want to build up a comprehensive database of the number of archers and the range of disabilities involved. If you are starting to get 1000 + FITA scores, then we would certainly like to hear about it!  So if you have a query or some news to pass on - please get in touch through the website or contact Chris Christopherson on

Athletics UK London  Contact Claire LeRossignol Email  Website:   UK Athletics encourages disabled athletes to become involved with their local athletics club where they can learn more about the sport and receive regular coaching
Badminton  Barnet Burnt Oak Badminton Club Barnet Burnt Oak Leisure Centre,  Watling Avenue, Edgware, HA8 0NP Barnet Burnt Oak Badminton Club has a disability section to the club that started in June 2007. The disability section is focused on wheelchair and amputee badminton, but the club welcomes people with all types of impairments.  Merivale Badminton Club Contact Jim. Williams email: or 01442 259498 (Home)
Basketball Wheelchair Basketball Website Wheelchair Basketball is the largest and one of the blue ribbon leading Paralympic Sport, with its roots going back to the late 40's.  Although initially a rehabilitation and recreational activity for spinal cord injured patients, it quickly developed into a competitive sport and today the National Wheelchair Basketball League consists of 65 teams playing in 9 Divisions.
Bowls:  British Wheelchair Bowls Association Contact: Ian Blackmore, chairman  Telephone 07932 791519 Website  
Cricket:  England Cricket Board Website Email
British Association of Cricketers with Disabilities   Website  As the governing body responsible for all cricket in England and Wales, the ECB produced an inclusive disabilities development plan in 2001 and set up an official disabilities sub-group. This provides a coordinated approach to advice and support for those with physical and learning disabilities, visual impairment and hearing impairment.

Cycling & Hand-Cycling:
British Cycling Website  British Cycling is recognised by the British Paralympic Association as the UK National Governing Body for Cycle Sport for those with a disability. British Cycling has a policy of encouraging and supporting the cycling ambitions of anyone with a disability. Disability Cycle Sport is open to both male and female competitors. 
Handcycling uk Contact:  Barry North – Chair  Website Telephone 01273 269274 The Handcycling Association UK is one of the newest BWSF affiliated sports associations and was set up to promote and encourage handcycling for recreational and competitive purposes throughout the UK.  Committed to providing the best opportunities for its membership, the association has identified the following priorities: promotion, recreation, exercise, information, access, research & development, racing. 
Fishing  British Disabled Angling Association  Website  Telephone 01922 860 912  British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) is a national registered charity and the lead disability angling organization in the UK. Angling continues to be the largest participation sport with an estimated four million people fishing each year, of which tens of thousands have a disability.  BDAA represents disabled people interested in coarse, sea or game fishing opportunities. BDAA works with its partner organizations to develop new and exciting opportunities in angling participation, from grass roots to competition levels. 
Football Amputee Football in London  Contact: Dean Heffer  Telephone 07825 212174   Amputee football is played seven-a-side on a 70m x 50m pitch, with games played over 25 minutes each way. Outfield players in amputee football are either above or below knee single leg amputees who play without prostheses on aluminium wrist crutches. The goalkeepers are single arm amputees. Football+ is a partnership between the Limbless Association and Chelsea FC Football in the Community, that aims to increase local playing opportunities for people with disabilities, establish a competitive structure, create performance pathways to excellence and raise the profile and awareness of football for people with disabilities. See Limbless Association for details.   To find out more about Amputee Football in London area please contact:  Dean Heffer, London Amputees (07825 212174)  The London Amputees are always looking for new players to join their team. London Amputee training sessions take place on Sundays at Wandsworth. Tottenham Hotspurs Football in the Community runs an amputee football session at Middlesex University, NW4 4BT. Please contact James Isaacs, Tottenham Disability Football Development Officer, on 0208 365 5053 for more information.

British Amputee Golf Association  Website  Email   Amputee Golf is about getting people up and out there with fellow amputees, enjoying the sport and competing on equal terms. Amputee Golf is for amputees, it is open to any person with the loss of a limb at a major joint. Competition is played in the affectionately named "Armies and Leggies" sections and pride is taken in ensuring all leggies are provided with a buggy in order to assist mobility, the army has to walk!
The Handigolf Foundation  Chairman - Dr Andrew Greasley Website  Email  Based in the UK, this registered charity promotes golf for people who are often in wheelchairs by providing hire of electric buggies from which all shots are played. 
Horse Riding  Riding for the Disabled Website  Horseback riding is an exciting and therapeutic activity that many people enjoy. Amputees may need some adjustments or adaptations to ride comfortably and safely. Researching riding schools in your area to find trained instructors who have taught children with unique needs is a good idea.
The saddle, bridle and reins will likely not require any adaptations for leg amputees. If stability and balance are a concern, especially when first starting out, rolled leather hand holds can be attached to the front of the saddle. Adaptations to the reins may be necessary for arm amputees to assist with guiding the horse and for balance and safety reasons. Riding with an artificial limb helps with balance and security. Some minor modifications may be necessary.
 Riding for the Disabled
RDA is a federation of Member Groups, which are dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities, through the provision of opportunities for riding and/or carriage driving. Groups enable people to improve their health and wellbeing, delivering a real and lasting therapy that not only benefits mobility and co-ordination, but encourages confidence and self worth whilst having fun.
Motorsport - Bikes & Cars British Motor Sport Association for the Disabled  Please contact  David Butler  - Chairman 01923 265577  Website:   The objective of the British Motor Sports Association for the Disabled is to assist drivers with disabilities to compete in all forms of motorsport. 
Motorcycle-Amputees Website National association of bikers with a disability Website    If you are interested in returning to or learning more about motorbikes, both these organisations can help with information about adaptations and events.
Rowing  Amateur Rowing Association Adaptive rowing  Website  Telephone 020 8237 6700 Adaptive rowing is about removing barriers to participation in the sport for individuals with learning, physical and sensory impairments. Great Britain's success at international level is also proving an inspiration. The GB adaptive team have been winning gold medals at World Championships since 2004 and at the Paraolympic Games in Beijing 2008 Adaptive rowing means that the equipment is ‘adapted’ to you as the user and your disability.  Rowing lends itself to almost all disability groups, including those with visual impairment, amputees and wheelchair users.  Contact Jacqui Close, ARA's National Adaptive Development Officer, by phone or by email and if you give her brief details about your age, location and your disability she can advise you and make sure that your first taste of rowing is a good experience, and meets your needs. 
Sailing RYA Sailability Contact them for further information and details on the many local clubs: Website  Email  Telephone 0845 345 04 03 RYA Sailability is the main UK association involved in disabled sailing. RYA Sailability offers people who think they can t even get on a boat let alone sail one, the chance to achieve the self reliance that sailing can bring and feel the exhilaration of being on the water.  Sailing is one of the very few sports in which able-bodied sailors and disabled sailors can participate on equal terms. Imagine the thrill of sailing for people who can feel and hear but have no sight, or of sailing a boat at speed even though they can't walk, or of joining in a sport where deafness doesn’t matter. 

Swimming  Local Club: Turtles Swimming Club Based in Ruislip London Swimming Southeast Swimming Website 
Swim sessions
The sessions cater to disabled swimmers by providing a casual swim in a calmer, less populated environment. Times available at: ASPIRE swimming centre Willesden Sports Centre Vale Farm Sports Centre 
Tennis British Tennis Foundation  Websites   Telephone 0208 8786464  Wheelchair Tennis was founded in 1976 when Brad Parks first hit a tennis ball from a wheelchair and realised the potential of this new sport. Still one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world, wheelchair tennis integrates very easily with the able-bodied game since it can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to rackets and balls.  Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis as endorsed by the ITF, with the only exception being that the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. Contact the British Tennis Foundation for opportunities to play in your area. Also, a good way to keep informed of playing and coaching opportunities is to join the National Wheelchair Tennis Association of Great Britain. You will get regular mail-outs, including newsletters and useful information on what is happening in wheelchair tennis, locally, nationally and internationally.
 Paralympics Information Paralympic Games  Website  Email: At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Britain's impressive haul of 42 golds, 31 silver and 29 bronze medals saw the team finish second only to hosts China in the medal table. In 2012 we chieved many more.  Paralympic Games and so our attentions have turned to unearthing the next generation of Paralympic athletes.  The current Paralympic summer sports are:    Archery  • Athletics  • Basketball  • Boccia  • Cycling  • Equestrian  • Fencing  • Football  • Goalball  • Judo  • Powerlifting  • Rowing  • Rugby  • Sailing  • Shooting  • Swimming  • Table Tennis  • Tennis  • VolleyballThe current Paralympic Winter Sports are:
• Alpine Skiing  • Nordic Skiing  • Ice Sledge Hockey  • Wheelchair Curling    
Paralympic Talent Days (PTDs) are national high profile talent identification events aimed at unearthing potential talent whose development can be fast tracked for the London 2012  Paralympic Games and Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.  So, if you feel you match the minimum criterion and have a passion for performance sport please submit the Paralympic Talent Day Screening Questionnaire highlighting which event you would like to attend?  The event itself involves undergoing some physical tests of height, weight, speed, strength and power together with sports trials under the watchful eye of performance coaches. For more information on talent days : or email