Children's Physiotherapy Service - West

Type of service:
Health Services
Womens and Children's Department, Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonville, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 5BD
Telephone number:
01604 544655
Email address:
Service description:

The Children's Physiotherapy Service has a child-centered approach to assessment and treatment. It works with the child/young person, their family, and others supporting them to encourage each individual to get the most out of their lives, and to fully develop to their potential.  

Paediatric physiotherapists have specialist skills, expert knowledge, and experience of child development and childhood disabilities.

The Children's Physiotherapy Service is a multi-disciplinary team that provides services for children aged 0-19 with a range of developmental, neurological, neuromuscular, or musculoskeletal difficulties. Conditions may include:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Down syndrome
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Musculoskeletal problems (in children aged up to 8 years-old) 

There is a physiotherapy-led orthopaedic clinic for treatment of congenital foot and hip conditions, and also some jointly-run orthotic clinics.

How to Access the Service

Referrals are accepted from healthcare professionals and school SENCOs  via the Referral Management Centre (RMC). Please note: any child with a musculoskeletal problem aged 8+ should be referred to the Adult Outpatient Physiotherapy Services.

Referral Criteria This document explains the appropriate referrals to the Children's Physiotherapy Service.

Age range:
0 - 19 years
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age - Early Years (0-5)
  • Age - School (5-18)
  • Age - Adulthood (18-25)
Referral route:
  • Education or school
  • G.P or health referral
  • Referral management centre (RMC)
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