Care at NUH

Rehabilitation

2024/07/17

The Department of Rehabilitation in NUH is the largest multi-disciplinary rehabilitation department in Singapore, providing a comprehensive suite of services across the fields of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and podiatry. We are the only rehabilitation department in Singapore to provide a full range of services for patients across the life stages, from new-borns, to children and adolescents, to adults and the elderly.  

Clinical education is at the core of the department with more than 3000 students-days dedicated to training and developing allied health students every year. Many of our allied health professional (AHP) staff have joint appointment faculty or associate faculty status on AHP programs at the University of Singapore and Singapore Institute of Technology. We are committed to the development of future AHPs who bear the NUHS core values of teamwork, respect, integrity, compassion, excellence and patient-centredness for Singapore.  

Innovation drives continuous improvement which is what NUH’s dedication to Incredible Care is all about. Since 2019, the Department have won more than $1.5 million in competitive research grants which have enabled our high-performing teams to study innovative ways of improving the care and outcomes for our patients. True to our identity as part of Singapore’s 1st University Hospital, the Department is actively involved in research training for future AHPs and takes on more than 10 AHP student thesis projects every year.  

It is not only excellent patient outcomes that we strive for but also compassionate care. We are guided by NUHS’s We Care philosophy in all that we do and our staff have consistently featured in the annual Singapore Health Quality Service Award (SHQSA). We apply the We Care philosophy to how we treat one another at work too so that together at NUHS we can continue to be Singapore’s Best Employer (The Straits Times, 2022 and 2023).   

We strive to attend to all patients in a timely manner. Kindly arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to register and prepare for your session. Click here for more details on our Rehab On Time Policy.  

Click here for contact details, operating hours and directions to our service locations. 

Click here for current fees for our services.  
Our Disciplines
Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a healthcare profession dedicated to fostering and/or maintaining an individual’s ability, across all life stages, to engage in tasks and roles that are meaningful to them.

Occupational Therapy uses activities with specific goals to help people of all ages to prevent, reduce or overcome effects of disabilities. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Self-care – such as getting dressed, eating, showering     
  • Productive activities – including attending school, working, performing household chores
  • Leisure – such as playing games, doing arts and craft, participating in social activities 

Occupational Therapists collaborate closely with the medical team to develop holistic and person-centred care plans. Their primary focus is on improving functional status after a debilitating medical condition, ensuring that patients can safely participate in meaningful activities. This approach facilitates patients’ transition back home and into the community. 

Occupational Therapists work closely with other allied health professionals, such as Physiotherapists and Speech Therapists, to achieve patients’ goals. For instance, considering physical function has a great impact in patients’ ability to participate in daily activities, Physiotherapists strive to improve movement and strength, and while Occupational Therapists work to integrate these physical abilities into tasks like grocery shopping. Another collaborative example is the action of eating, where Speech Therapists optimise safe swallowing and feeding, while Occupational Therapists focus on environmental, behavioural and cognitive strategies to improve independent eating.

Physiotherapy

The Physiotherapy section in the NUH Department of Rehabilitation aligns with NUH’s vision to improve community health. Offering an extensive range of services, our Physiotherapists aim to develop, maintain and restore maximum mobility alongside functional ability. Our active participation in clinical research and commitment to continual education ensures the delivery of evidence-based treatment for our patients. 

Physiotherapy services are available to both inpatients and outpatients, covering falls prevention, pulmonary rehabilitation programme, cardiac rehabilitation programme, sports related injuries, total hip or knee replacements, and paediatric conditions.  

Our team of Physiotherapists collaborates with the Singapore Physiotherapy Association to advance the profession in Singapore. In addition, we provide support for the education of Physiotherapy students from the Singapore Institute of Technology. 

Podiatry

The Podiatry Section in the NUH Department of Rehabilitation is a leading provider of comprehensive services for patients. Our highly trained Podiatrists diagnose, treat and prevent disorders of the foot and ankle. Working in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, treatment focus includes:

  • Biomechanical assessment and treatment of foot and lower leg conditions (including gait analysis and orthoses provision);
  • Diabetes foot care – assessment and prevention;
  • Wound care (including advanced therapies such as negative pressure and maggot debridement); 
  • Skin and nail conditions e.g., ingrown toenails; and
  • Paediatric foot and lower limb conditions.

Podiatrists work closely with the Vascular, Orthopaedics and Endocrine teams to provide holistic care for patients with foot and leg conditions. Additionally, they work alongside Allied Health Professionals such as Physiotherapists in addressing biomechanical disorders of the feet and legs.

Podiatrist involvement in research projects, such as pressure analysis of the feet for patients with Diabetes, showcases our commitment to advancing podiatry. They are also working with the National Healthcare Group to train nurses in diabetes foot care education and screening. There are opportunities for final-year Podiatry students to undergo clinical placements with us.

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapists assess, diagnose and manage swallowing or communication disorders stemming from various developmental and acquired health conditions. Communication disorders include disorders in language, speech, fluency, cognitive-communication, and/or voice. We work closely with patients, their families, multidisciplinary teams and community partners to achieve desirable outcomes for our patients.

Within the NUH Department of Rehabilitation, the Speech Therapy Section provides both inpatient and outpatient services. Specialised collaborative clinics with other health professionals include the Adult Neuromuscular Disorders Clinic, Paediatric Feeding Clinic and Paediatric Aerodigestive Feeding Clinic.

We also provide specialised dysphagia services such as Videofluoroscopy (VFS) and Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). We incorporate dysphagia rehabilitation approaches such as Surface Electromyography (sEMG) Biofeedback and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. Paediatric weaning workshops provide parents with knowledge and hands-on experience. Our communication intervention programmes feature methods like Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, Lidcombe Programme, and Smooth Speech. Additionally, we host a monthly Parkinson’s Disease Support Group.

We are actively engaged in research activities and support professional development initiatives, including student observations, clinical attachments, volunteering opportunities within the team, and conducting professional talks and seminars.

Participating in the NUH Parkinson's Disease Support Group, our Speech Therapists contribute to providing a platform where patients and their families can connect and support each other. The group, meeting on a monthly basis on NUH premises, features speakers from various medical and allied heath disciplines presenting topics relevant to Parkinson's Disease. Talks are conducted in English, with informal translation available when possible.

Pre-registration is required to facilitate necessary logistical planning.

Our Services

Click on the individual photos to learn more about each service.

Core and Multidisciplinary Services

Back and Neck Conditions

Back and Neck Conditions

Cancer Rehabilitation

Cancer Rehabilitation

Dementia

Dementia

Developmental Delay & Disabilities

Developmental Delay & Disabilities

Falls Prevention

Falls Prevention

Foot and Ankle Conditions

Foot and Ankle Conditions

Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy

Heart Rehabilitation

Heart Rehabilitation

Hip Fracture

Hip Fracture

Pain Management

Pain Management

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease

Spinal Rehabilitation

Spinal Rehabilitation

Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

Stroke

Stroke

Total Knee Replacement

Total Knee Replacement

Specialised Occupational Therapy Services

Cognitive Rehabilitation

Cognitive Rehabilitation

Hand Therapy (Fractures)

Hand Therapy (Fractures)

Hand Therapy (RSI)

Hand Therapy (RSI)

Hand Therapy (Tendon Injuries)

Hand Therapy (Tendon Injuries)

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Mental Health

Mental Health

Pressure Garments

Pressure Garments

Vision Rehabilitation

Vision Rehabilitation

Work Rehabilitation

Work Rehabilitation

Specialised Speech Therapy Services

Acquired Communications Disorders

Acquired Communications Disorders

Developmental Language Disorders

Developmental Language Disorders

Developmental Speech Disorders

Developmental Speech Disorders

Social Communication Disorders

Social Communication Disorders

Swallowing and Feeding Difficulties

Swallowing and Feeding Difficulties

Stuttering

Stuttering

Specialised Podiatry Services

Diabetic Foot

Diabetic Foot

Flat Feet

Flat Feet

Foot Wounds

Foot Wounds

Heel Pain

Heel Pain

Paediatric Foot Conditions

Paediatric Foot Conditions

Skin and Nail Conditions of the Foot

Skin and Nail Conditions of the Foot

Our Senior Therapists and Podiatrists

Click on our individual staff photos to learn more about them

Occupational Therapy

TAN Lay Lay

TAN Lay Lay

Senior Principal Occupational Therapist

ENG Jia Yen

ENG Jia Yen

Senior Principal Occupational Therapist

Christina TAI

Christina TAI

Principal Occupational Therapist

WONG Suren

WONG Suren

Principal Occupational Therapist

Esther TAI

Esther TAI

Principal Occupational Therapist

LIN Yiwei

LIN Yiwei

Principal Occupational Therapist

HEE Xiu Juan

HEE Xiu Juan

Senior Occupational Therapist

CHEN Zhen Zhen

CHEN Zhen Zhen

Principal Occupational Therapist

NGOOI Bi Xia

NGOOI Bi Xia

Principal Occupational Therapist

ONG Siew Seang

ONG Siew Seang

Principal Occupational Therapist

CHAN Yuleng

CHAN Yuleng

Senior Occupational Therapist

CHEN Xuanyu

CHEN Xuanyu

Senior Occupational Therapist

CHUA Hui Min

CHUA Hui Min

Senior Occupational Therapist

LYE Yu Li

LYE Yu Li

Senior Occupational Therapist

ONG Jie Xin

ONG Jie Xin

Senior Occupational Therapist

ONG Li Xin

ONG Li Xin

Senior Occupational Therapist

POW Siok Kee

POW Siok Kee

Senior Occupational Therapist

TAN Jia Xuan

TAN Jia Xuan

Senior Occupational Therapist

TEO Sock Hong

TEO Sock Hong

Senior Occupational Therapist

Kris TONG

Kris TONG

Senior Occupational Therapist

Physiotherapy

NG Tze Siong

NG Tze Siong

Senior Principal Physiotherapist

C. DURAIMURUGAN

C. DURAIMURUGAN

Principal Physiotherapist

YAP Ai

YAP Ai

Principal Physiotherapist

CHONG Kar Huey

CHONG Kar Huey

Principal Physiotherapist

Nicholas CHUN

Nicholas CHUN

Principal Physiotherapist

Cammy TSAI

Cammy TSAI

Principal Physiotherapist

CHUNG Hai Yong

CHUNG Hai Yong

Senior Physiotherapist

LOKAIAH Lakshmipathi

LOKAIAH Lakshmipathi

Senior Physiotherapist

Germaine YEE

Germaine YEE

Senior Physiotherapist

ONG Yean Hong

ONG Yean Hong

Senior Principal Physiotherapist

KAYAMBU Geetha

KAYAMBU Geetha

Principal Physiotherapist

Agnes KUA

Agnes KUA

Principal Physiotherapist

KWAN Peijun

KWAN Peijun

Principal Physiotherapist

LOY Yijun

LOY Yijun

Principal Physiotherapist

CHIA Huey Yen

CHIA Huey Yen

Senior Physiotherapist

Evelyn CHNG

Evelyn CHNG

Senior Physiotherapist

Serene LIM

Serene LIM

Senior Physiotherapist

Yvonne MARUI

Yvonne MARUI

Senior Physiotherapist

Diana SANI

Diana SANI

Senior Physiotherapist

Qamaruzaman SYED GANI

Qamaruzaman SYED GANI

Senior Physiotherapist

Eudora TANG

Eudora TANG

Senior Physiotherapist

YANG Wenshan

YANG Wenshan

Senior Physiotherapist

YONG Jin Quan

YONG Jin Quan

Senior Physiotherapist

Speech Therapy

Isaac SIA

Isaac SIA

Senior Principal Speech Therapist

Emily GUO

Emily GUO

Principal Speech Therapist

Melisa WOOI

Melisa WOOI

Principal Speech Therapist

Calvin LAM

Calvin LAM

Senior Speech Therapist

Brena LIM

Brena LIM

Senior Speech Therapist

Siti Khairiyah JAMIL

Siti Khairiyah JAMIL

Senior Speech Therapist

Jocelyn TAN

Jocelyn TAN

Senior Speech Therapist

Ada TOK

Ada TOK

Senior Speech Therapist

Podiatry

Kate CARTER

Kate CARTER

Principal Podiatrist

Sophie WHITELAW

Sophie WHITELAW

Principal Podiatrist

Alexis LAI

Alexis LAI

Senior Podiatrist

Patient and Caregiver Resources

Occupational Therapy

Hand Therapy

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Physiotherapy

Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy

Neuro-rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Women's Health

Paediatric Physiotherapy

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Swallowing

Communication difficulties

Diet

Podiatry Patient Information Leaflets:

 
Research

As healthcare professionals within an academic health system, many of our therapists are involved in funded and collaborative interdisciplinary research. We are continuously looking to form new partnerships to explore new frontiers in healthcare. Find out more about our current efforts in the links below. 

Occupational Therapy Research Areas 

Physiotherapy Research Areas 

 

Clinical Education

Clinical education serves as a cornerstone in the journey of allied health professionals, offering a diverse array of learning opportunities tailored to various career stages. We are invested in the sustainability of our professions and are actively involved in developing therapists for the future. 

For aspiring allied health professionals, we partner with Singapore Institute of Technology and the National University of Singapore to provide Clinical Practice Education (CPE). These clinical placements provide hands-on experience in clinical settings under the guidance of experienced mentors. Individuals have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios, honing their clinical skills and developing a deeper understanding of patient care.

Job shadowing opportunities are also available year-round, which provide insights into what it takes to be a therapist working in the public healthcare sector. By shadowing seasoned practitioners during their daily routines, this immersive learning experience allows individuals to gain insights into best practices, clinical decision-making processes, and effective communication strategies.

In addition, allied health professionals who are keen to specialise as clinical educators are also provided opportunities to upgrade their skills and knowledge. The support and funding given for advanced certifications, postgraduate degrees, and specialized training programmes allow us to ensure that we always deliver high quality clinical education to our students and junior colleagues. These opportunities may include post graduate courses in curriculum development, teaching methodologies, and assessment strategies tailored to clinical education settings.

In summary, clinical education encompasses a continuum of learning experiences designed to support the growth and development of allied health professionals at all career stages. From student clinical placements to specialized training later in our careers, clinical education plays a vital role in equipping practitioners with the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed to deliver exceptional patient care. By embracing opportunities for learning and professional development, allied health professionals can continuously enhance their practice and make meaningful contributions to the healthcare community.

Find outmorehere

 

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