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Children’s Physiotherapy

Children’s Physiotherapy Direct

Parents, young people and children in Gloucestershire have access to advice through Children’s Physiotherapy Direct. A qualified children’s physiotherapist will provide a telephone assessment, advice and onward referral if appropriate.

Children’s Physiotherapy Direct is available Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) 9am to 12pm.

Referrals are also accepted in writing from GPs, Consultants or other healthcare professionals. These can be sent to Quedgeley Clinic.

Referrals can also be made online, using this form. 

Contact us

Springbank Community Resource Centre
Springbank Way
Cheltenham
GL51 0LG

0300 421 6980

Special schools

As part of Gloucestershire’s Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy Service, we have physiotherapists who work in specials schools across the county. These physiotherapists aim to support children and young people by providing them and their families with support, advice and physical intervention to promote optimum outcome for the child both whilst they are at school and at home.

Contact us

Tel: 0300 421 6972

The Milestone School             01452 311141
Betteridge School                   01242 514934
Paternoster School                 01285 652480
Heart of the Forest School      01594 822175

Specialist Service Lead for Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy
Stacey Rees and Katy Thomas

Who we see

Children’s Physiotherapy is a countywide specialist physiotherapy service for children and young people up to 19 years old in full time education. We work with children with a variety of presentations and conditions including cerebral palsy, neuromuscular conditions, Down’s syndrome and developmental delay.

Physiotherapists work with children, their families and carers, and educational staff to improve a child’s access to the curriculum. This may include providing a physiotherapy programme that is carried out in school. It may be providing specialist equipment, postural management ideas and working alongside other healthcare professionals to encourage function, movement and posture.

What to expect

We aim to provide an effective, safe, high quality service and work closely with other healthcare professionals and educational staff. A physiotherapist will provide assessment, advice and physiotherapy treatment to promote the function of each child and work towards shared goals.  Treatment is planned around the child and families’ individual needs. The type and frequency of the treatment will vary for each child and their individual needs.

When you can be seen

The physiotherapy service operates within school hours, Monday to Friday, excluding school holidays.

How to get the best out of your treatment

Your physiotherapist will help you decide your aims of physiotherapy.  With your physiotherapist you will be able to plan how you will meet these aims. This will involve treatment from your physiotherapist, and possibly school staff and activities and advice for you to complete at home.  It is very important that you comply with your programme and contact your physiotherapist if you are unable to do so. Your physiotherapist will review your aims and your programme as needed and help you progress these in order to meet you goals.

Transition to adult services

Transition is the process of preparing, planning and moving from children’s to adult services. You or your child may have known your physiotherapist for a long time and we understand that it can be scary thinking about moving onto adult services. We aim to get you and your family involved in your transition so that we can support you through this process. We have now started using the Ready, Steady, Go transition programme.

Who is this for?
Children who are over 11 years old with a long-term condition.

You can ask your physiotherapist about Ready, Steady, Go! or find more information and downloads on our website here

Community physiotherapy

The Gloucestershire Community Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy Service aims to support children and young people with a range of conditions by providing them and their families with support, advice and physical intervention to promote optimum outcome for the child and their family.

Who do we see?
Children’s Physiotherapy is a countywide specialist physiotherapy service for children and young people aged 0-16 years (16-19 in full time education), their families and carers, providing physiotherapy in both the hospital and community settings.

What to expect
We aim to provide an effective, safe, high quality service along with its partners and skilled workforce. The service provides assessment, advice and physiotherapy management of any childhood condition to promote the health and physical development of each individual.  Treatment is planned around the child and families’ individual needs. The length of the treatment will vary for each child and condition. Children and young people are regularly re-assessed to evaluate progress and parents/carers are actively involved in the child’s physiotherapy programme.  We also offer group work, including a lower limb class and hydrotherapy.

What should I wear?
Please bring shorts and a vest to your appointment. You may be asked to undress in order for the physiotherapist to complete a thorough assessment.

How can I get the best out of my treatment?
Your physiotherapist will help you decide your aims of physiotherapy.  With your physiotherapist you will be able to plan how you will meet these aims. This will involve treatment from your physiotherapist  and activities and advice for you to complete at home independently, often daily.  It is very important that you comply with your programme and contact your physiotherapist if you are unable to do so. At each appointment your physiotherapist will review your aims and your programme and help you progress these in order to meet you goals.

Where will I be seen?
The Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy service is provided in a variety of locations and settings. Access to physiotherapy is in the most appropriate setting for their assessment, treatment and ongoing support, enabling them to achieve their outcomes. This may be at a clinic, in a hospital, at a children’s centre, in school or at home. We also run aqua therapy sessions and lower limb classes.

When can I be seen?
The service operates from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays, with some staff working flexibly to meet additional need. Some bases also offer evening clinics.
We aim to see you within 8 weeks of you being referred to our service.

Contact us

Tel: 0300 421 6972

Specialist Service Lead for Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy
Stacey Rees and Katy Thomas

Inpatient physiotherapy

As part of Gloucestershire’s Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy Service we have physiotherapists who work in the Children’s Centre in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. These physiotherapists aim to support children and young people who are in hospital by providing them and their families with support, advice and physical intervention to promote optimum outcome for the child and their family during their hospital stay and often on their return home.

What do we see?
We see any child or young person who has been admitted to the Children’s Wards at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital who require physiotherapy intervention. This may be following surgery, for a chest condition, following a broken bone or receiving oncology treatment. We also have a physiotherapist who works with young babies and their families on the neonatal unit.

What to expect?
We aim to provide an effective, safe, high quality service and work closely with other healthcare staff on the children’s wards. A physiotherapist will provide assessment, advice and physiotherapy treatment to promote the rehabilitation of each individual.  Treatment is planned around the child and families’ individual needs. The length and frequency of the treatment will vary for each child and condition.

When can I be seen?
The physiotherapy in-service operates from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

Contact us

Tel: 0300 421 6972

Specialist Service Lead for Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy
Stacey Rees and Katy Thomas

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