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 and young people (0-18 years old), their families and school communities to enable children/young people to achieve their potential.
We provide 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 conditionsments
Our service is available to children and young people aged 0-18 in mainstream schools with a GP within Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster. We also support upper limb management of children attending special and mainstream schools in H&F.
Children or young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) willl need to contact Special Educational Needs Occupational Therapy service instead.
Children with a GP in H&F may be seen by the Cheyne Child Development Service.
How do you access this service? What is the referral proces?
We accept referrals from Health and Education 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Children & Young People’s Occupational Therapy, The Medical Centre, 7e Woodfield Road, London W9 3XZ.
>> Download the referral form from the 'Downloads' box on the right-hand side of this page.
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 on performance to commissioners through 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 child's 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.