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 live normal life expectancy, 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 Westminster Hospital provides specialist rehabilitation services for people living with HIV. We offer inpatient Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy for people living with HIV admitted to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. We also offer Outpatient HIV Physiotherapy for people living with HIV who access their HIV care across any of our HIV services.

Inpatient rehabilitation

People living with HIV admitted to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital receiving 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 challenges and support you to live a healthy, active lifestyle through physical activity and exercise.

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

Outpatient HIV physiotherapy

People receiving HIV care from any of our HIV clinics, can be referred by any healthcare professional to our specialist HIV Physiotherapists. Clinics are located in Gazzard Day Unit (formally Kobler Day Care) where you will receive individual Physiotherapy. Individual Physiotherapy can support you with aches and pains, movement and mobility problems, body image concerns, low mood and depression, side effects of treatments, living with and beyond cancer, brain and nerve problems, heart and lung conditions, and help to be more active and exercise.

We use PhysiApp® which lets you quickly and conveniently access home exercise programmes created by your Physiotherapist. PhysiApp®  provides crystal clear professionally narrated videos to show you how to perform your exercises correctly, and provides reminders so you always remember to do your exercises thanks to in-app, email and/or SMS reminders. PhysiApp® also lets you track your progress and feedback in real-time, allowing your Physiotherapist to better support you based on clear outcome data. PhysiApp® is available on Apple, Android and web, and your Physiotherapist will provide you with an access code.

We will soon be providing TeleHealth outpatient HIV Physiotherapy appointments using PhysiApp®, to support people who cannot attend appointments in person at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

We also provide a group rehabilitation intervention called the Kobler Rehabilitation Class, that supports people living with HIV in a safe and welcoming environment. People living with HIV can access the Kobler Rehabilitation Class following an initial assessment in our HIV Physiotherapy clinic. 

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The Kobler Rehabilitation Class provides group exercise and HIV specific education. The aim is to help you achieve personal goals and improve your fitness, function, strength, flexibility and quality of life, whilst helping you manage the "ups and downs" or episodes of disability that can be unpredictable when living with HIV. The Kobler Rehabilitation Class is for men, women, trans and non-binary people living with HIV, who experience physical, mental, cognitive and social health related challenges, and people living with disabilities and episodic health challenges. Once you begin, The Kobler Rehabilitation Class is open access meaning you can attend, return or restart depending on your episodes of health, disability, illness and wellness. Open access aims to reduce barriers to accessing rehabilitation when living with HIV and episodic disabilities. 

The Kobler Rehabilitation Class takes place on;

  • Tuesdays: 1:30–3pm
  • Fridays: 11am–12:30pm 

The following HIV specific education sessions occur during our “self-management programme” on Fridays from 11–11:30am. 

  • 10 May: Yoga
  • 17 May: General nutrition and healthy diet
  • 24 May: Meaningful activities and occupations  
  • 31 May: History of the Kobler Rehabilitation Class
  • 07 Jun: Research updates 
  • 14 Jun: Pain Management
  • 21 Jun: Relationships and intimacy 
  • 28 Jun: Sex
  • 05 Jul: Antiretroviral Therapy
  • 12 Jul: U=U (Undetectable=Untransmittable)
  • 19 Jul: Goal settings
  • 26 Jul: Recognising achievement and self-compassion 
  • 02 Aug: Continuing physical activity
  • 09 Aug: Recreational drugs
  • 16 Aug: Body image workshop 
  • 23 Aug: Community services and support
  • 30 Aug: Your feedback session 
  • 06 Sep: Skills workshop: what skills do we have ourselves
  • 13 Sep: Practical skills for work and hobbies 
  • 20 Sep: Low mood and depression
  • 27 Sep: Peer support
  • 04 Oct: “Last Rights”—wills
  • 11 Oct: “Last Rights”—end of life care planning  
  • 18 Oct: “Death café”
  • 25 Oct: Sleep 
  • 01 Nov: Smoking cessation
  • 08 Nov: Living with HIV—Q&A
  • 15 Nov: Health livers and hepatitis
  • 22 Nov: Social prescribing
  • 29 Nov: Complimentary therapies
  • 06 Dec: Uncertainty or worrying about the future
  • 13 Dec: Fatigue management
  • 20 Dec: Christmas Party
  • 27 Dec: CLOSED—there is no Kobler Rehabilitation class today
  • 03 Jan: Feedback session
  • 10 Jan: Yoga
  • 17 Jan: Memory and cognition
  • 24 Jan: Stress and relaxation


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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