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Project information

New and expanded dance injury clinics UK wide

NIDMS provides access to timely, affordable, specialist healthcare for all professional and vocational dance artists. This project will help to expand the existing dance injury clinics in London, Birmingham and Bath, and add new clinics across the UK including the north of England and Scotland.


Charity information: One Dance UK

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  • Need


    Dancers require access to specialist multi-disciplinary healthcare, including physiotherapy, physiological, psychological, nutritional elements that will help them return to full health for dance training or performance. Currently there are three NHS dance injury clinics in London, Birmingham and Bath. However, with large numbers of dancers requiring treatment these are working at capacity. Currently there is no provision in Scotland, Wales or the North of England.


    We aim to expand the interdisciplinary team in the London clinic, enabling them to see dancers more quickly and also offer additional services such as psychological support.
    We aim to open new NHS dance injury clinics within existing Sports and Exercise Medicine services across the country including Wales, Leeds and Scotland. This will enable dancers in these areas to easily access free, specialist treatment without the need for additional travel.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide access to timely, affordable, specialist healthcare for all dancers and dance teachers.


    » To expand multidisciplinary healthcare teams at the existing dance injury clinics, enabling them to see more dancers for treatment.
    » To establish further NHS dance injury clinics across the UK including Wales, northern England and Scotland.

    What success will look like

    Attendance numbers and wait times will provide evidence of more dancers being be able to access this specialist treatment at new and expanded clinics, more quickly.

  • Impact


    More dancers will be able to access free dance specialist treatment on the NHS and will therefore seek treatment earlier on than they might otherwise do if they were required to pay for treatment. Cost is often a barrier to treatment for dancers; meaning they frequently continue to dance on injuries. With these improved services, dancers will be able to obtain the right treatment for their needs and return to performing earlier. This will be demonstrated through feedback from patients.


    Negotiating with the NHS to include the provision of a dance injury service might bring difficulties. We have proven success at the existing NHS dance injury clinics in London, Birmingham and Bath and will use statistics and case studies from these clinics to mitigate any concerns the relevant NHS trust may initially have.


    We will invite donors to industry networking events where we will update stakeholders on the impact and effectiveness on these specialist services. We will also provide progress reports using videos/case studies via email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,400 Physiotherapist Dance physiotherapist seed funding for 1 day per week in NHS clinics
      £7,600 Psychiatrist Dance specialist psychiatrist for London clinic (1 day per week)
      £1,000 Administration NIDMS Manager Administration for establishment of new clinics
  • Background


    The project will reach across the UK and enable dancers to access specialist healthcare regardless of socio-economic backgrounds or locations.


    Student dancers, professional dancers, dance teachers and choreographers will all benefit from the services provided via the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science and the NHS dance injury clinics. This in turn will benefit the dance schools and companies as they will maintain a healthier team of dancers and teachers, ready and fully fit to work.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    One Dance UK has been working in dancers' health since the 1980's and established the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science in 2012, bringing together a strong network of expertise in dancers' health which is drawn upon to support the development of these services. Our members include all the major dance companies and colleges. We are therefore ideally placed and trusted as an independent body representing their interests with the necessary contacts and expertise.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Roger Wolman

    Consultant in Rheumatology and SEM - Leads the London NHS dance injury clinic at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

    Dr Kim Gregory

    Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine - Leads the Birmingham NHS dance injury clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

    Dr Julian Widdowson

    Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine - Leads the Bath NHS dance injury service at the Royal United Hospital

"It's a phenomenal service at the dance injury clinic - so many thanks"

Clinic patient