It is now approaching a whole year since we began living with Covid-19 restrictions and at STEPS we are now very used to living and working with these restrictions. Our inpatient therapy programmes remain at the same intensity as they were pre Covid-19 restrictions. There are limitations with community rehab as this is restricted due to national and local restrictions.

Most of our team and clients have now had the first Covid-19 vaccination, and we have access to regular testing for our team and clients and plenty of PPE.

We are very grateful to the NHS and Carterknowle & Dore Medical Practice for doing such an amazing job!

If any of our clients have to isolate in their rooms for any period, we will carry out their therapy programme within their bedroom and bathroom space for this time. We are lucky enough to have large bedrooms, with the space allowing the therapists to carry out therapy sessions including walking practice.


We are continuing to use our hydrotherapy pool following the latest guidelines. Hydrotherapy is a firm favourite therapy session for our clients and the sessions are carried out with one of our aquatic therapists wearing a mask to keep everyone safe.


The gym is used from 8am until the evening, along with the garden space and other communal areas, such as the therapy kitchens and café space to do many occupational therapy sessions. The music room is in use 3 days a week for Neurologic Music Therapy sessions. These sessions are another firm favourite with STEPS clients and Rebekah our Chroma Music Therapist rarely has an empty slot!


We are continuing to run our group sessions, STEPS Voices, Dance, talking, singing and the Chefs drop in cooking group every Friday. Our Thursday dance and Friday sing have been a wonderful way for our team and clients to come together dance, sing and have some fun to help alleviate the anxiety and stress that has touched us all in various degrees during the Pandemic.


We have had charity quiz and Bingo nights, a virtual art exhibition, mocktail evenings, chess tournaments and so much more and we are now very used to being part of virtual events.


Our therapy programmes have not changed due to the pandemic. We continue to work collaboratively with Blatchford to provide our specialist amputee rehabilitation. We also continue to have our weekly visits from our Psychologists and Consultants in Rehabilitation Medicine.


We have a wellbeing team who work with our clients in groups and in one to one session doing a huge range of things from baking and gardening, art to a hand massage or a walk to the shops. These sessions and the work the wellbeing team do to support our clients in the evenings and weekends is invaluable especially during this time of limited visitors in the week.


We know how important face to face contact with family and loved ones is, we continue to try to facilitate visits where possible following both national and local guidelines. The clinical team review this on a daily basis.

You can contact our team by phone: 0114 258 7769, email: or via our online enquiry form.