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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 are Chartered Physiotherapists who 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 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 for physiotherapy for:  

  • acute soft tissue injuries e.g. muscle and ligament sprains
  • rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery e.g. fractures
  • long term joint and muscle pain e.g. low back pain, anterior knee pain


Who to contact

Contact Name
Rebecca Biggs/Elizabeth Gray (please see note below)
Telephone
 0203 312 6281/020 331 58667
E-mail
 Rebecca.biggs@nhs.net or Elizabeth.gray@nhs.net
Website
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital website
Notes

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

Rebecca Biggs (Rebecca.biggs@nhs.net)

Clinical Service Lead Physiotherapist (Paediatrics and Neonates)


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

Elizabeth Gray (Elizabeth.gray@nhs.net)

Children’s Therapy Lead

Where to go

Name
St Mary’s Hospital (W2 1NY) or Chelsea & Westminster Hospital (SW10 9NH)

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 infants, 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 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 (family doctor), health visitor or hospital consultant.

Child Development Physiotherapy Service is provided from 2 locations depending on the location of your GP (family doctor).

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 Child Development Service.  Referrals should be sent to:

  • CDS Referrals Coordinator, The Medical Centre, 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 from 2 locations depending on the location of your GP ( family doctor)

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

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 a referral has been accepted, it is reviewed by a physiotherapist and prioritised. An appointment will be arranged for your child with his or her 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 you child improves and no longer requires to be seen please contact the physiotherapy service.

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 children and young people.  The service reports to local health commissioners via quarterly meetings and reporting on key performance indicators. 

Children’s Physiotherapists are Chartered Physiotherapists who 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?

You can contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) which is an independent service available to patients, relatives, carers or visitors. 

St Mary's Hospital

  • 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
Can parents and young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?

No

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