Staff physiotherapy

Self help for MSK problems 

If you feel unsure over the best way to manage your condition you can self-refer to the Staff Physiotherapy Service for further assessment and appropriate support – see below..

Keeping active is one of the best ways of looking after your physical and musculoskeletal health. ​Check out the exercise page of this website for support: Exercise | Northumbria NHS Staff Wellbeing


Managing back pain 

As back pain continues to be one of the most common musculoskeletal problems people experience, the staff physiotherapy team have developed some resources to help you to self-manage your condition.

Back pain video 

Back pain leaflet

Back pain education sessions: At various times throughout the year, the staff physiotherapy team offer FREE back pain education sessions in various locations across the Trust or via Teams). Please email: if interested.

Midday moves


For those of us who sit at a desk or computer all day, why not join in with our Midday Moves sessions to help you move more? Just 5 minutes of movement at your desk live every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 via Microsoft teams. Email for the meeting invitation.

Or you can access one of our pre-recorded 5 minute sessions at other times here.


You can use this leaflet as a prompt on your desk to do your own exercises.

Computer set up


For some advice on how to adjust your workstation to suit you, watch this video or use this step by step leaflet.


Soft tissue injury


If you have a soft tissue injury, then this leaflet gives some advice about how to manage it.


Referral to staff physiotherapy


Please see our Physiotherapy Privacy Notice


If you require advice or support in helping to manage your musculoskeletal condition, then you can self-refer to the staff physiotherapy service. Appointments will initially be offered by telephone and face to face appointments offered where necessary.


Self-referral (if at work)

Staff can self-refer for ANY musculoskeletal problem and this does not need to be work related. Please complete this online referral form:


Managers’ referral (if off sick)

If off sick, staff should be referred by their manager on Day 1 of their MSK absence to receive assistance as soon as possible: