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Children's Physiotherapy



Children's Physiotherapy

The Children’s Physiotherapy Service provides physiotherapy for children and young people in hospital wards, outpatient clinics and in the local community.  This includes provision of physiotherapy for children in local schools, nurseries and homes. 

Children’s Physiotherapists have completed additional training to specialise in the assessment and treatment of babies, children and young people.  Children’s physiotherapists have expertise in assessment and treatment of movement difficulties.  These may occur from a short term condition e.g. following a fracture, or may be due to a long term illness or disability e.g. cerebral palsy. 

During a physiotherapy appointment, the physiotherapist will ask questions about the child’s condition and general development and will observe and assess the child’s movement.  This may include assessment of strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and development of movement.   Depending on the age of the child, the physiotherapist may use games, play and activities to help their assessment.  Following assessment, the physiotherapist will explain to the parent and child what they have noticed. 

Children’s Physiotherapists use a range of approaches, individually tailored to the child’s needs.  This may include provision of individualised exercise programmes, postural management equipment, bespoke orthotics, walking aids and other specialist equipment. Physiotherapists work in partnership with parents and carers, ensuring that they receive advice, intervention and support to enable their child to achieve his/her movement potential.

 

Child Development Physiotherapy Service

The Child Development Service is a multi-disciplinary team which provides community services for children and young people with developmental health needs. 

For physiotherapy this includes children with:

  • delays in motor development
  • movement disorders, including complex disability, neuromuscular disorders and acquired brain injury

The multi-disciplinary team includes doctors, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and specialist nurses.  Following physiotherapy assessment, an individual plan will be made for the child, which may include physiotherapy advice, direct intervention individually or in a group setting, and/or provision of specialist equipment.  This plan will be reviewed and updated with the child, parents and members of the multi-disciplinary team.  Physiotherapy is provided in clinics, homes, nurseries and schools, including special schools.

 

Children’s Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service

The Children’s Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal Service is for babies, children and young people requiring physiotherapy for:  

  • recent soft tissue injuries e.g. muscle and ligament sprains
  • congenital conditions e.g. talipes, torticollis
  • rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery e.g. fractures
  • long term joint and muscle pain e.g. low back pain, anterior knee pain, juvenile arthritis

Following physiotherapy assessment, an individual plan will be made for the child, which may include physiotherapy advice and direct individual intervention. Other services involved in the child’s care may be contacted i.e. school teachers and health visitors to help plan the care and support required. This plan will be reviewed and updated with the child, parents and members of the multi-disciplinary team. Physiotherapy is provided within clinics and may on occasion be reviewed in school.  Where appropriate, children will be referred on for further review with appropriate services such as orthopaedic and orthotics clinics.



Who to contact

Contact Name
Sian Evans / David Soulsby
Contact Position
Clinical Therapy Lead, Children’s Physiotherapy/ Acting Therapy Lead Children’s Services and Dietetics
Telephone
 0203 312 6281/ 0203 315 8403
E-mail
 David.Soulsby@chelwest.nhs.uk
 sevans23@nhs.net
Website
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital website
Notes

If your GP is located in North Kensington & Chelsea, North & Central Westminster, please contact: 

Sian Evans (sevans23@nhs.net)

Clinical Therapy Lead, Children’s Physiotherapy


If your GP is located in South Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham or South Westminster, please contact:

David Soulsby (David.Soulsby@chelwest.nhs.uk)

Children’s Therapy Lead


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Where to go

Name
St Mary’s Hospital (W2 1NY)/ Woodfield Child Development Centre (W9 3XZ) or Chelsea & Westminster Hospital (SW10 9NH)/ Cheyne Children’s Centre (SW10 0ST).

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
0 - 19 years

Local Offer

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Who is this service available to?

The Children’s Physiotherapy Service is for babies, children and young people:

  • age 0-19 years for the Child Development Physiotherapy Service
  • age 0-16 years for the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service

The Children’s Physiotherapy Service is available for children with a GP (family doctor) in West London, Central London  and Hammersmith & Fulham Clinical Commissioning Groups.

When is this service available?

The Children’s Physiotherapy Service is available Monday to Friday, 08.30 to 17.00.

How do you access this service?

Referrals can be made by your child’s GP, health visitor or hospital consultant.

Child Development Physiotherapy Service is provided across two geographical areas depending on the location of your GP.

If your GP is located in North Kensington & Chelsea, North & Central Westminster to access the Child Development Physiotherapy Service, a referral must be made to the multi-disciplinary Woodfield Child Development Service via the dedicated referral form.  Referrals should be sent to:

  • CDS Referrals Coordinator, The Medical Centre, 7E Woodfield Road, London W9 3XZ. CLCHT.cdsrim@nhs.net

If your GP is located in South Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham or South Westminster to access the Child Development Physiotherapy Service, a referral must be made to the multi-disciplinary Child Development Service.  Referrals should be sent to:

Children’s Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service is also provided across two areas depending on the location of your GP

If your GP is located in North Kensington & Chelsea, North & Central Westminster

 

GP’s should send referrals directly, through the NHS Electronic Referral Service (eRS)

All other referrals should be sent to:

  • Children’s Physiotherapy, 1st Floor Bays Building, St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY
  • ichc-tr.PaedPhysioReferrals@nhs.net

If your GP is located in South Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham or South Westminster

Referrals should be sent to:

Once the referral has been accepted, it is reviewed by a physiotherapist and prioritised. An appointment will be arranged and sent to the parents or legal guardians. Waiting times for outpatient and community physiotherapy appointments vary, with most children seen between 2 and 6 weeks from the referral being received, but it can sometimes be longer. If your child improves and no longer needs to be seen please contact the physiotherapy service so the appointment can be offered to another child.

How do we ensure the quality of this service?

The Children’s Physiotherapy Service is commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups to provide high quality services for babies, children and young people.  The service reports to local health commissioners via quarterly meetings and reporting on key performance indicators. 

Children’s Physiotherapists are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council, adhering to their Standards of Practice. The majority of Children’s Physiotherapists are members of the Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists which outlines national standards of practice.  The Children’s Physiotherapy Service evaluates itself against national standards set by its professional organisation and relevant guidance from the National Institution for Health and Clinical Excellence.

What to do if you have a complaint?
  • Call the PALS on 0203 312 7777
  • Visit the PALS office -  Ground floor of the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (QEQM) building, St Mary’s Hospital, South Wharf Road, London W2 1NY Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm
  • Or email imperial.PALS@nhs.net 

 Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

  • Email the PALS Team at cwpals@chelwest.nhs.uk
  • Call the PALS Team on 020 3315 6727
  • Visit the PALS office — Ground Floor, Main Atrium Chelsea & Westminster hospital (opposite escalators and Lift Bank B) Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

  • Email the PALS Team at cwpals@chelwest.nhs.uk
  • Call the PALS Team on 020 3315 6727
  • Visit the PALS office — Ground Floor, Main Atrium Chelsea & Westminster hospital (opposite escalators and Lift Bank B) Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm
Can parents and young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?

No

Last Updated 31/10/2019

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