Children's physiotherapy

Brent paediatric therapy services – update for service users (January 2021)

Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic we have made some temporary changes to the way that we deliver therapy services to children, young people (CYP) and families. We continue to work with colleagues in early year’s settings and schools to ensure they have up to date therapy advice to support your child.  Where CYP are attending schools/educational settings, we will work with school staff to support your child in school either virtually (telephone advice, videoconference) or face-to-face where it is appropriate and safe to do so.

Where children are unable to attend educational settings we will contact you to discuss how you may be able to support your child’s therapy needs in the home setting. Where clinically indicated we will be offering face to face contacts in community clinics.

We continue to accept new referrals and will contact you to make an appointment for a teleconference within eight weeks of receiving the referral.  

These changes have been made in order to keep you, your child and our staff safe and well. Please be reassured that our staff follow national guidance on infection control and health and safety in the delivery of services. We understand that this is a very unsettling time, but we are here to support you. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the department by phone on 020 8736 7106 or email lnwh-tr.brentpaediatrictherapies@nhs.net

Paediatric physiotherapy is a specialist service for children and young people aged 0-18 years old (up to 19 for those in special schools) with gross motor difficulties that impact on their everyday function and independence.

Conditions include neurological, developmental delay, rheumatology, developmental co-ordination, abnormal gait, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal problems, rehabilitation following surgery or acquired head injury.

Community physiotherapists assess, treat and provide advice to children, young people and their families. They work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of paediatric occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, paediatricians, nursing teams, education and social care services.

Their work can involve:

  • Direct therapy on an individual basis or in groups
  • Specialist clinics
  • Stretching and strengthening exercise plans
  • Postural care, positioning and manual handling
  • Health promotion and advice to schools on how children with physical needs can fully access the curriculum to their maximum potential.
  • Training for parents, carers and school staff to carry out programmes to enable continued care.

The service provides therapy to children in the following locations:

  • At home
  • Willesden Centre for Health and Care
  • Wembley Centre for Health and Care
  • Children's centres
  • Nurseries
  • Special schools
  • Special units
  • Mainstream schools

An outpatient musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy service for children aged 0-16 years is also offered at the Willesden Centre for Health and Care. Referrals are accepted from any professional working with a child or young person who has a Brent GP.

Age group

0-18 years old (up to 19 for those in special schools)

Address

Paediatric Therapies, Chalkhill Primary Care Centre, Chalkhill, Wembley, HA9 9FX,

Contact number

020 8737 7106

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