If you’ve been injured, are awaiting or have had surgery, have recently been ill or have experienced anything else that is affecting your health, knowing what to do to best aid your recovery can be difficult. You might be feeling anxious about recovery times or uncertain about what you should or shouldn’t be doing for your particular condition.

Whatever the circumstance, we understand how important it is to recover the physical strength and quality of life you desire and sustain it into the future. So whether it’s to return to work, to full duties, to Saturday morning football or to any other measure of personal progress or success, we’ll work with you to help you get there.

So when should you call us? Well, it’s never too early (or indeed, too late) to ask for our help. Our advice would always be to call us and to start the conversation. We can assess your need and work with you to identify the best way to support you, always ensuring that the support you receive is right for you and delivered in a way that is suited to you. You can find out more about when to call us here.

Recovery after injury

Bad backs, knees, shoulders and other joints and muscles are a recurring source of pain and frustration for many of our beneficiaries, with musculoskeletal issues the most common cause of injury and resultant sickness absence across the UK’s fire and rescue services.

We can quickly offer you online support and can start addressing the problem within a matter of days, if not hours, of your initial contact. Through an online consultation, we’ll discuss all the contributing factors to your injury and can prescribe a solution that is personalised to you, whether that is advice, exercises tailored to you or maybe a centre-based stay. This means you don’t need to worry about taking time off work to attend initial appointments and if you still need to visit us, we can be in the best position to make the most out of your time with us, by having this online assessment approach.

Recovery after surgery

We can support you with arranged surgeries such as total knee, hip or ankle replacements, arthroscopies including removal of cartilage, resurfacing of joints, ligament reconstructions and many spinal surgeries. We’ve supported beneficiaries with surgeries required after trauma, such as metalwork insertion, reconstructions and amputation, and we can help people regain fitness after general or cardiac surgeries.

Whatever your surgery, we can adapt our approach to best suit you. We’ll work together to rebuild your muscle strength and regain your confidence in completing daily tasks and increasing exercise tolerance. We know surgery can take its toll, emotionally and physically, and we’ll support you as you find your independence again.

Like an injury, the earlier you can contact us for supporting you through post-op recovery, the quicker we can start to find a solution that best works for you. There are often restrictions on driving post-op, so by contacting us sooner we can provide online support and exercise advice, putting you in the best possible position prior to a stay, or avoiding the need for one altogether.

Recovery after illness

Going through a prolonged period of illness can have a significant impact on your mind and body so we’ll work together to help you rebuild your strength and resilience after being unwell. Whether you’ve experienced pneumonia, heart disease, diabetes, or even COVID-19, we can work with you to prescribe exercises and advice appropriate to your stage of recovery.

We may also be able to offer a recuperative break for you and your loved ones, to allow you to spend some quality time together away from the everyday worries of living with your illness.

If you’d like to talk to us for support recovering from injury, illness or surgery, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Contact us on 0800 389 8820 or make an enquiry online.

Cardiac rehab

If you’ve experienced a heart problem such as a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty or heart surgery, we can offer a supervised programme of cardiac rehabilitation, under the guidance of a qualified BACPR exercise professional (British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation). There are four parts to the programme, which are as follows:

  • Exercise, to get your heart pumping and your whole cardiovascular system working. You’ll learn how to get your body moving in ways that promote goof heart health.
  • Education, for heart-healthy living, which is a key element of cardiac rehab as you learn how to manage your risk factors, such as the need to quit smoking or eat heart-healthy choices.
  • Relaxation, allowing you time to recuperate and recover, giving yourself time focus on you. We’ll help you learn important self care techniques, such as mindfulness.
  • Counselling, to give you the time to seek emotional support if you need it. Experiencing heart problems can be life-changing or traumatic, which you may need help coming to terms with. This part of cardiac rehab helps you identify and tackle everyday sources of stress while giving you the psychological support you may need.

Our Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme follows the completion of the NHS Phases I-III Cardiac Programmes. You can then be referred to us to progress what you’ve learned and put it into practise. If you have not completed the Phase III programme or significant time has passed, we may still be able to help, but your doctor would need to refer you.

As there are strict health regulations to do with cardiac rehab, It may not always be applicable to offer you a place on our full Phase IV programme, as it may not always be suitable for you to take part in an exercise programme at a particular time. However if this is the case, we can still support you with the education, relaxation and counselling elements of the programme, as well as anything else that is affecting your wellbeing.

Our cardiac rehab programme can’t change your past but it can improve your heart’s future and help you move forwards with your life.

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