HIV rehabilitation

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital provides specialist rehabilitation services for people living with HIV, including Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

What we do

HIV is now considered a long-term condition where people living with HIV taking treatments can have normal life expectancies, with good quality of life.  However people living longer with HIV may develop other health conditions because of HIV, treatments or ageing. For many people living with HIV, periods of good health may be interrupted by illness or disability. Rehabilitation such as Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy can help people living with HIV remain healthy, recover from illness or episodic disability, and return to an independent and active life at home, at work and in the community.

Chelsea and Westmister Hospital provides specialist rehabilitation services for people living with HIV. We offer inpatient Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy and outpatient Physiotherapy.

Inpatient rehabilitation

People living with HIV admitted to Chelsea and Westmister Hospital receiveing care from HIV services, will be assessed and treated by specialist Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. Our therapists will assess your physical, cognitive, mental and social health needs and work with you to identify what is important for you.

Our Physiotherapists will help you restore movement and function when affected by injury, illness or disability. They can also help reduce the risk of future health challanges and support you to live a healthy, active lifestyle through physical activity and exercise.

Our Occupational Therapists will provide support and practical sollutions when illness or disability prevents you from doing the activities that matter to you. This may include everyday activites such as washing, dressing or getting to the shops.

Outpatient HIV physiotherapy

People receving HIV care from any of our HIV clinics, can be referred by any healthcare professional to our specialist HIV Physiotherapists. Clinics are located in Kobler Day Care where you receive individual Physiotherapy. We also provide a group rehabilitation intervention called The Kobler Rehabilitation Class.

Please note: We currently only accept referrals from across the Trust—please speak to your HIV clinician who can make an electronic referral via our patient records system Lastword.

Individual Physiotherapy can support you with aches and pains, movement and mobility problems, body image concerns, low mood and depression, side effects of treatments, brain and nerve problems, heart and lung conditions and help to be more active and exercise.

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Sessions take place in the Physiotherapy Gym, Ground Floor, Lift Bank C at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

The Kobler Rehab Class exercise sessions run on a rolling programme with two supervised group classes each week:

  • Tue: 1:30–3pm
  • Fri: 11am–12:30pm

The Kobler Rehab Class self-management programme sessions take place each Friday from 11–11:30am, followed by a 1-hour Kobler Rehab Class exercise session:

  • 16 Feb: Pain Management—Chronic Pain Team Physiotherapists Robert Boast, Gavin Walsh
  • 23 Feb: Hepatitis—Co-Infection Nurse Practitioner Ryan Whyte 
  • 02 Mar: ARVs—Pharmacist Silma Shah
  • 09 Mar: HIV/work/sick pay—Positively UK Welfare Advisor Tomasz Mucharski
  • 16 Mar: Body Image Workshop—Psychology Team Hannah Mustard
  • 23 Mar: Relationships and Intimacy—Health Advisor/Psychosexual Therapist Lucy Snider
  • 30 Mar: No Class
  • 06 Apr: “Last Rights”: Wills—Kensington Community Advisory Board Emily Engel
  • 13 Apr: “Last Rights”: End of Life Care Planning—Kensington Community Advisory Board Emily Engel
  • 20 Apr: Continuing Physical Activity—K&C Active for Life Ebony Beckford
  • 27 Apr: Community Services and Support—Positively UK & Turning Point/SASH Gary Brough,Helen Rogers, Dhalia Ghassan
  • 04 May: Peer Support—Patient Champion Fernando Monterio
  • 11 May: Goal setting/Achieving your goals—Psychology Team Michelle Pratt, Caroline Coffey, Anna Gladoseva
  • 18 May: Sleep—Occupational Therapist Esther McDonnell
  • 25 May: Living with HIV Q&A—Advanced Nurse Practitioner Christina Casley
  • 01 Jun: Smoking Cessation—Smoking Cessation Nurse Kevin Kennie
  • 08 Jun: Stress and Relaxation—Occupational Therapist Esther McDonnell
  • 15 Jun: Fatigue Management—Occupational Therapist Esther McDonnell
  • 22 Jun: Memory & Cognition—Occupational Therapist Esther McDonnell
  • 29 Jun: General Nutrition and Healthy Diet—Dietitians Aoife Kinsella, Sorcha Kenny
  • 06 Jul: Feedback Session—Physiotherapist


Our team

Our team consists of a specialist physiotherapist and occupational therapist and one rotational senior physiotherapist who are are members of the Health and Care Professionals Council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, College of Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation in HIV Association and World Confederation of Physical Therapy. We are a research active team and welcome your participation to improve services and care.


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

We are located on the Ground Floor, Lift Bank C


T: 020 3315 8126

Opening hours

Our service runs Mon–Fri from 8:30am–4:30pm


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