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Welcome to Paediatric Physiotherapy

We provide one or more of the following:

  • An initial assessment of your child’s needs, diagnosis of the problem
  • an individually tailored exercise/activity programme to target the problem area(s)
  • Paediatric pilates classes
  • Hydrotherapy sessions
  • 1:1 sessions with a physiotherapist or a physiotherapy assistant
  • Advice to schools
  • Advice and onward referral to other services
  • Onward referral to other services, eg. paediatricians, etc
  • Joint working with other professionals.

 

Our therapy sessions are always child-centred and we mostly work through the medium of play.

We understand that parents and carers are busy and that it can sometimes be difficult to find time to do the activities with your child so we aim to make our activity programmes as easy to incorporate into your daily routine as possible.

Common conditions we treat include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Gross motor delay
  • Down's syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Toe walking
  • Plagiocephaly (flattening of the head on one side)
  • Torticollis (wry neck)
  • Talipes (club foot)
  • Epilepsy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Obstetric brachial plexus injuries
  • Pain- joint or muscle
  • Post fracture with complications
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Developmental delay
  • Premature babies (born before 32 weeks or with birth weight lower than 1500g)
  • Hypermobility
  • Rheumatological conditions e.g. juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

 

Please note : we do not see children in need of support with respiratory conditions. Parents should seek advice from East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT).

We work with children and young people from 0-18 years who are registered with a North East Essex (NEE) GP. Children who attend a NEE Special school are seen between 0-19 years. 

We work with children who attend mainstream educational provision, and their families/ carers, in a variety of settings including schools, nurseries and home. Wherever possible, we aim to see your child in the most convenient setting for you. However, where children need specialised equipment, sessions may need to take place in specific clinical venues. 

In Special Schools, we work with school staff and other healthcare professionals to maximise your child’s physical independence using specifically designed therapy programmes and specialised equipment to manage your child’s postural needs.

Preparing for your appointment. 

A physiotherapist will often need to undress a child to examine them, e.g. to assess their spine. Babies and younger children should wear clothes that are easily removable. Older children may want to bring shorts and T-shirts to the appointment. 

The children’s physiotherapy service operates under a time limited intervention policy in order to provide an equitable service to all children and keep waiting times for assessment and treatment to a minimum.

Due to the high demand for our service, if you accept an appointment and then do not attend without giving us 24 hours’ notice, your child may be discharged.

Please note that missed appointments and/or cancellations for children can be an indicator of neglect. Therefore, if concerns are raised about missed appointments, it may be necessary to liaise with our safeguarding children team and/or children’s social care- in line with ACE’s policy on safeguarding children.

If you are having difficulty attending appointments, please speak to a member of staff.

Please let us know if someone other than the person with parental responsibility will be attending appointments as, without your permission, your child will not be seen.

Where is the service provided?

Our clinics are located at:

Primary Care Centre
Turner Road
Colchester
CO4 3GW          Click here for map

Clacton and District Hospital
Tower Road
Clacton-on-Sea
CO4 5LJ           Click here for map

Fryatt Hospital
419 Main Road
Harwich
CO12 4EX         Click here for map

Special schools:

Children and young people who attend a special school will receive the majority of their treatment in school. Parents are always welcome to attend their children’s physiotherapy sessions.

How to access the service

Referral Criteria

  • The child should present with physical difficulties and/or problems with mobility which impact on their everyday function, their ability to achieve their motor milestones, develop gross motor skills, or which affect their balance and/ or strength
  • These difficulties should impact on the child’s functional performance at home, at school and/or in extra-curricular activities
  • Children and young people aged 0-18, or 19 if in special education.
  • Children with a North East Essex GP
  • Children in permanent residence in North East Essex.
  • Children not resident within North East Essex but who attend school in the area, where the main reason for referral relates to problems in P.E. or with mobility problems accessing the school environment.

 

In the first instance referrals must be made by a professional, for example:

  • GP
  • Paediatrician or specialist registrar
  • Medical specialists, eg orthopaedic surgeons, neurologist, oncologists.
  • Health visitor
  • Health improvement nurse (formerly school nurse)
  • Community nurse
  • Allied health professionals eg podiatrist, therapist
  • Special educational needs co-ordinator with supporting medical information from GP or relevant health professional
  • Social worker.

 

Click here to view the referral form

If your child has been known to the service previously, you can refer them back to us on the following conditions: 

  • Your child was not discharged from the service for failing to attend appointments
  • Your child is being re-referred for the same condition.
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