What does the programme involve?
Once referred, you’ll be sent a questionnaire before having a video call with a Nuffield Health Chartered Physiotherapist to better understand your medical history, including COVID-19 and the severity of your persisting symptoms.
This triage call is to make sure the programme is appropriate for your needs. If we don’t think the programme is suitable for your needs, we’ll signpost you to the appropriate NHS programmes. If suitable, the physiotherapist will set your goals and tailored programme, which will be delivered by a Rehabilitation Specialist.
The first half of the programme is self-managed. You’ll use our COVID-19 Rehabilitation Journal to set goals around physical activities, emotional wellbeing and nutrition.
You’ll also have access to our online information hub where you’ll find:
- guided self-management techniques
- online webinars for sleep, worry, anxiety and breathing techniques
- our virtual rehabilitation classes focusing on low-level exercises – these are guided by ongoing monitoring of your symptoms including breathlessness and fatigue levels, as well as specific outcome measures identified by you and your Rehabilitation Specialist.
For the second half of the programme, you’ll continue your journal activities and still have access to the online information hub, but rehabilitation classes will be in person at your local Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre. You’ll attend these structured, guided classes with fellow participants of the programme in a socially distanced, clean and COVID-secure setting.
Previous participants said that these face-to-face classes helped them feel reassured and supported, knowing that they aren’t alone in their COVID-19 recovery journey.
Weeks 1–12 will all be completed online.