What is a Hand Therapist?

A Hand Therapist is a registered Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist who specialised in the treatment of patients with conditions affecting the hands, wrist and forearm. A high level of specialisation is required which includes advanced post qualification and experience.

An experienced Hand Therapist can assess and evaluate problems following injury or disease affecting the hand and provide advice regarding exercise, preventative care and return to function. Treatment regimes are individually tailored to your needs.

We are able to assess and treat a wide variety of complex conditions and injuries specialising in post-operative care for:

  • Fractures & Dislocations
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Nerve Compression or Injuries
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Burns
  • Joint Replacements & Fusions
  • Dupuytrens Contracture Release
  • Arthritis
  • Stiffness
  • Hypertrophic Scarring
  • Tendonopathies
  • Trigger Finger
  • Scar Hypersensitivity

Our treatment may include:

  • Thermoplastic or Neoprene
  • Splinting or Casting
  • Advice
  • Education
  • Exercises
  • Strengthening
  • Adaptive Aids
  • Pain Control
  • Sensory Re-Education
  • Scar Management
  • Joint Protection Techniques
  • Oedema Management
  • Pacing Strategies
  • Functional Assessment
  • Pressure Garments

Hand Therapy Services

Provided by NORHAND, Hand Therapy Services is run by Belinda Bowden, Leanne Miller and Sarah Hazelden who, between them, have over 25 years of experience specialising in Hand Therapy.

All therapists are HPC registered, members of their professional bodies (British Association of Occupational Therapy or Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) and the British Association of Hand Therapy.


Appointments are available on a Thursday between the hours of 9am-7pm at The Global Clinic, or at other times by arrangement. A letter of referral is required from your GP or Consultant.

For appointment enquires please contact NORHAND on: 07757641361. An answerphone may be in operation - please leave a message detailing your name and telephone number so that we can return your call. Calls are monitored daily during office hours. A charge will be made for missed appointments where less than 24 hours notice has been given.

About Your Appointment

Your consultation will involve gathering information from you about your condition or injury. After this a physical examination will be carried out. It may be necessary to remove dressings or items of clothing.

Please allow up to 60 minutes for an initial consultation and 30 minutes for a follow-up consultation unless otherwise advised.


Payment will be required at the time of your consultation and can be made by cash or cheque.


The practice is recognised by most major insurance companies. You will need to be able to provide details of your insurer and policy number when booking an appointment. Most insurance companies request that you contact them to arrange authorisation of treatment prior to your first consultation. Please note some insurance providers will not cover the costs of certain items required for your treatment (such as splints); these will be charged to you.

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