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Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy (CYPOT)

Last Updated 06/08/2019

Working in partnership with you: supporting children and young people to participate in what they need and want to do.

Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy (CYPOT) works collaboratively with children, families and school communities to enable children to achieve their potential.  

CYPOT provides a range of interventions, including direct and indirect, and group sessions in clinic, school/nursery, or home. We also offer parent education sessions to support parents to use recommendations and strategies as part of their child’s daily routines.

Our Occupational Therapists (OTs) may see a child or young person who requires help with:

  • developing the skills needed to participate in self-care tasks (e.g. tooth brushing,  toileting, washing, dressing, eating)
  • participating in learning tasks (e.g. writing, using scissors, selecting and organising tools/belongings)
  • positioning and posture to support participation in everyday activities
  • accessing play/leisure resources and physical access - this may include supporting a child with motor coordination difficulties
  • upper limb management for children and young people with neurological conditions


Raising Sens-ational Children (Parent Education Workshop)

Screenshot of the flyer for the Raising Sensational Children Parent Workshops

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Develop your understanding of your child's sensory processing difficulties
  • Develop your knowledge of strategies that can be used to support your child with the difficulties identified
  • Develop your confidence in managing your child's difficulties with daily tasks
  • Develop a tool kite of strategies to use at home to support your child

The workshops are an opportunity to ask questions and share your experiences with other parents and carers. You will be offered a place on these workshops after your child is referred to Occupational Therapy.

Download the flyer for the parents workshops by clicking here. 



Our service is available to children and young people aged 0-18 with a GP within Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, or Westminster.


How do you access this service? What is the referral process?

We accept referrals from other health and educational professionals.

Referrers must identify at least 2 areas of functional difficulty for a child to be accepted to the service (e.g. changing for PE at school, using cutlery to eat at lunchtime, or using hands effectively to access and use toys/school tools).

Where to send the referral form:

Completed referral forms can be emailed to or posted to:

Children & Young People’s Occupational Therapy, The Medical Centre, 7e Woodfield Road, London, W9 3XZ.

>> Download the referral form by clicking here

Where your child will be seen

Your child may be seen in one of the below sites, depending on where in the borough your residential address is.

 1. Doughty House, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, SW10 9NH

The nearest tube stations are Earl’s Court or South Kensington

2. The Medical Centre, 7e Woodfield Road, W9 3XZ

The nearest tube stations are Westbourne Park or Royal Oak

How do we ensure the quality of this service?

The service is commissioned (contracted and funded) to deliver Occupational Therapy services. All members of staff are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, adhering to their Standards of Practice.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists is the professional body for Occupational Therapy, which outlines national standards of practice and specialist interest groups relating to Occupational Therapy and Paediatrics.

The service reports to commissioners on performance through submission of a quarterly report and discussion of the content at quarterly meetings. The service quality is measured against key performance indicators including waiting times, response times to EHCPs, and activity (the number of appointments offered and taken up). 

Therapists actively seek to collaborate with parents and the child/young person to develop functional goals. These goals will be measured at the beginning and end of any input or intervention, in order to track progress.

CYPOT provides training to parents, carers, and education staff to enable the carry over and use of strategies to support the child and young person across different environments. This is a core part of our service provision, and parents are expected to engage in education and training sessions that are offered.

Complaints and feedback

In the first instance it may be useful to speak to your OT or the Team Leader regarding your concerns.

If you wish to discuss this with someone from CLCH PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Services) you can call 0800 368 0412 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, or visit the CLCH website for further details.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Adrienne McGhie (Team Lead)
 0208 102 4008
 0207 266 8606
Children & Young People's Occupational Therapy website

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Age Ranges
0 - 18 years
Referral required
Referral Details

CYPOT accepts referrals from Health and Educational professionals

Local Offer

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Education, Health and Care Plans (or Statements of Special Educational Needs)

In North Kensington and Chelsea, CYPOT is responsible for the Occupational Therapy provision within Education Health and Care Plans. In South Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, this is provided by corresponding Special Educational Needs services (contact details below).


Special Education Occupational Therapy Services (South Kensington and Chelsesa)

Children over 5 years old who live in South Kensington and have OT in 'section F' of their Education Health and Care Plans will be referred on to the appropriate corresponding SEN OT Service.

  • Contact: Deirdre Murphy (
  • Telephone: 020 7361 3000
  • Address: Occupational Therapy Special Educational Needs Service, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton St, W8 7NX
RBKC Local Offer
Can parents and young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?

This can be requested through SEN for commissioners to discuss.

Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
SEN Provision Type

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