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Day Therapy Services

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A structured pathway of rehabilitation-focused activities enables participants to fulfil and maintain their maximum potential within the community. We provide individuals with community-based rehabilitation, developing life skills for day-to-day living.


In the light of Department of Health & Social Care guidelines on social distancing in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, normal Day Therapy Services have been suspended until further notice.

The Day Therapy programme aims to holistically improve the lives of individuals by reducing social isolation and by promoting well-being. This may be achieved by increasing or maintaining mood, emotional and physical wellbeing and improving engagement with treatment. One of our aims is to support addressing the patient’s psychosocial needs and supporting them to reach their rehabilitation goals. Participating in the programme promotes individuals’ mobility; offers the opportunity for engagement in therapeutic, meaningful and productive activity, and creates opportunities for peer socialisation in an environment free of judgement and stigma.

For many of our day patients, it is literally the only place they can feel comfortable within a group of people with whom they may share some common experiences. In the longer-term, the Day Therapy Services programmes potentially contribute to our overall aims of decreasing acute hospital admissions for the HIV community and encouraging greater self-management and social integration.


For clients/patients currently in other hospitals, at home or in residential or nursing homes, please contact our Admissions Manager: telephone 020 7613 6300 Ext. 6287, or email our Referral Form to

Use the referral page to access forms for:
  • Day Therapy Services

  • HIV Medical Referral

  • HIV Nursing

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Social Care Questions for Admission



Download our Day Therapy Services leaflet: (click on the image)

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Day Therapy facilities include the following:

  • Art Therapy (one-to-one and group sessions)

  • Digital Inclusion suite – basic IT education and computer facilities

  • Treatment room

  • Fully equipped physiotherapy gym

  • Assessment centre – kitchen, bathroom, and group-work space

  • Quiet area and counselling space

  • Large space for group-work

  • Communal dining room

  • In-house catering

  • Tranquil garden space

  • Chapel


Mildmay's integrated team designs, delivers and evaluates Day Therapy programmes, and consists of:

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Physiotherapist

  • Yoga Instructor

  • IT Education Facilitator

  • Art Therapist

  • Horticultural Therapist

  • Day Therapy Lead

  • Rehabilitation Assistants


A person's needs, impairments, and abilities will determine whether their goals are rehabilitation or maintenance focused

The referral goals, and those of the person, will guide both the frequency and length of attendance.

Pathway one: Rehabilitation and Transitional Pathway

  • A 12-week rolling programme of rehabilitation

  • Designed to continue improvements in function and mobility. By focusing on health, well-being and what each person can do, not what they cannot, we support people to live their lives as fully as possible

  • Our  programme includes group and one-to-one sessions with specific goals and aims

  • Provides a transitional pathway from inpatient to community-based living

  • This programme is reviewed and evaluated at the end of each 12-week block with clients either being discharged, repeating the programme or the programme changing to explore other areas of need.

Pathway 1

Pathway two: Long-term Support, Maintenance and Admission Avoidance Pathway

  • Offers a safe and secure environment with activities to maintain existing abilities and promote physical and cognitive stimulation where possible

  • Includes group and 1:1 sessions

  • Designed to offer regular intervention, observation and assessment to potentially reduce the likelihood of acute centre admissions that may be experienced by those with complex needs

  • This programme is also designed to maintain individuals who have reached their maximum rehabilitation potential, and where ‘removing’ support might result in deterioration of cognitive, physical function or psychological well-being

Pathway 2

Mildmay’s Day Therapy programme of groups, activities and one-to-one sessions is dynamic and evolving

Examples of some of the activities which currently form the 12-week Rehabilitation and Transitional Pathway Day Service programmes:

  • Independent and directed exercise in the physiotherapy gym

  • Yoga

  • Kitchen Skills Group

  • Brain Training – Luminosity

  • Digital inclusion – computer skills training

  • Breakfast Club

  • Horticultural Therapy

  • Art Therapy

  • Healthy Living Group

  • Expert Patient group


All the groups and activities have specialist areas and skills that they work to promote

Below is a list of just some of these:
  • Fine motor skills

  • Gross motor skills

  • Hand-eye co-ordination

  • Literacy

  • Speech and language skills – for example: responding to questions; generating responses

  • Orientation

  • Social interaction; collaboration / cooperation in achieving a goal, sharing

  • a work-space / resources; turn taking

  • Memory

  • Decision making and planning

  • Problem solving

  • Working within boundaries – taking responsibility and social appropriateness

  • Executive function

  • Safe food preparation, and healthier / balanced eating

  • HIV education

  • Peer support

  • Psychological well-being

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