Changes to our services due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you are concerned you may have symptoms of coronavirus please follow the Government advice published on NHS Choices. Do not visit a GP practice, urgent care centre, or any of our services if you have symptoms.
You should only call NHS111 if you have a physical health concern. They will be able to direct you to the most appropriate service.
Only in a medical emergency should you contact 999 or attend the local A&E department.
We are aware that this will be a worrying time for you and for your family. We are doing all we can to keep our CYPF services running while also keeping you and our staff safe. However, please be aware that due to the impact of COVID-19 we will be prioritising urgent appointments and referrals and some services will be disrupted, postponed or delivered differently (via phone or video link where possible).
We specialise in enabling children and young people to participate as fully as possible in the activities of everyday life, become as independent as possible, and interact with others and the world around them..
The children who use our service find things like dressing, feeding, handwriting, socialising and play difficult. This could be due to a problem with their fine motor skills, co-ordination skills, perception skills and/or sensory processing (the ability to make sense of the world around them).
Wherever possible, the work of our team will continue although, in some cases, not in the way you may be used to.
Until further notice, we’re stopping all non urgent face to face appointments. We may offer some appointments over the phone or by video consultation. A member of the team will contact you to decide on the right arrangements for you. There is no need to contact us.
We aim to support your child to become as functionally independent as possible and able to interact with their peers and environment so they can play, learn and take part in daily activities.
We do this by:
- Providing you and anyone else involved in supporting your child (e.g. education staff) with training and advice
- Providing recommendations, approaches and activities to support your child in a range of different environments
- Providing advice and recommendations for specialist equipment (such as splints, sensory strategies, adapted cutlery, writing aids, specialist seating, and switches)
- Contributing to Educational Healthcare plans and transition planning
- Providing direct therapy with your child individually or in a group when needed.
We work closely in partnership with you, your family, education staff and a range of professionals to help your child achieve the goals that we have agreed with you.
Assessment and support
Once your referral has been received, it will be assessed quickly (triaged) by clinicians to see how we can best help. Often, it’s possible to give you advice over the phone so we’ll also discuss what might happen next as your child develops, and how and when to contact us again if further advice is needed.
If a clinic assessment is required, a letter will be sent to you offering an appointment at a clinic closest to you. It might be more appropriate for the assessment to be carried out at your child’s school or nursery, in which case this will be organised with you and the school/nursery.
At the assessment, we’ll discuss your concerns, take a brief history, and assess your child. Much of this will be through observation, play and fun activities.
Sometimes there will be more than one clinician present, particularly if the assessment is for more than one type of therapy. We offer integrated assessments (joint sessions with a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or speech and language therapist) where possible, to reduce the need for too many appointments. For physiotherapy assessment, your child might need to be partially undressed so wearing shorts and a vest might be more suitable than jeans and sweaters.
After the assessment, we’ll discuss the best way to reduce the impact of any difficulties that have been found. We’ll provide a report and suggested activities and/or exercises to be carried out at home and/or school. Further appointments will be offered as required. This might be either be one to one therapy or in groups.
If no further therapy is required at the current time, your child will be discharged with clear advice about when to return to the service for further support if required.
Please check our Support and Advice area of this website for any relevant self help techniques.
If you still wish to make a referral, please read the referral criteria so that we can ensure your enquiry is directed to the right area and follow the directions on this page.
If your referral is urgent, please call our HealthHub on 0300 365 1234.