Our staff work across various specialties providing inpatient (ward-based) and outpatient services (in clinic, by appointment). The therapy services team is made up of the following allied health professionals:

  • physiotherapists 
  • occupational therapists 
  • podiatrists 
  • dietitians
  • speech and language therapists. 

We have a valuable team of healthcare support workers and administration staff, supporting our health professionals to provide world class care.

Find out more about our therapy roles.

Our good practice principles

Our four pillars of good practice are:

  • clinical practice
  • leadership and management
  • education
  • research.

These pillars help us to ensure we have the right people with the right skills, in the right place at the right time, to provide the best possible care.


Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a “whole person” approach to health and wellbeing. 

Physiotherapists deal with human function and movement to relieve pain, improve movement and to strengthen muscles and the cardiovascular system to help people to achieve their full physical potential. 

They use physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore wellbeing for people of all ages. 

Read more about physiotherapy on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website.

Occupational therapists

An occupational therapist uses specific activities to limit the effects of a disability and promote independence in all aspects of daily life. 

Occupational therapy provides assessment of functional tasks and practical support to help people to recover from illness or injury, and overcome any barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their everyday lives. 

More information is available from the Royal College of Occupational Therapy.

Speech and language therapists

A speech and language therapist assesses, treats and helps to prevent speech, language and swallowing difficulties. 

Find out more via the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy.


A chiropodist/podiatrist diagnoses and treats disorders, diseases and deformities of the feet. 

More information is available from the Royal College of Podiatry.


A dietitian uses the science of nutrition to create eating plans for patients to treat medical conditions. 

They promote good health by helping to facilitate a positive change in food choices. 

Dietitians give practical guidance based on the latest scientific evidence on food, health and disease, to enable patients to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. 

Find out more via the British Dietetic Association

Outpatient referrals

At Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital, referrals are accepted only from Royal Free London consultants and the NHS e-referral service. 

The Royal Free Hospital accepts referrals from Royal Free London consultants and some GP pathways.

If you have used our service and would like to provide feedback to the Royal Free London, please get in touch.

There are also lots of ways you can get involved in our hospitals.