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.