Description of activity
Children’s physiotherapy provides services for children and young people who are referred with conditions which limit physical ability.
We aim to provide timely and responsive access to physiotherapeutic intervention to enable children or young people to achieve their maximal potential for independence and opportunities for life chances.
All interventions are carried out respecting the wishes and feelings of the child or young person and in the context of the family, home, recreational and educational setting.
Interventions may include:
Neurodevelopmental / physiotherapeutic handling and exercise.
Provision of home, nursery and school exercise and activity programmes.
Prescription / provision and monitoring of equipment and Orthoses e.g. foot splints, to ensure proactive approach to mobility and postural management.
Education / training to carers to ensure understanding of and the integration of principals of physiotherapy into all relevant aspects of the child’s life. Carers include guardians, parents / family, nursery school and college support and teaching staff.
Risk Assessment for all areas of life where the physiotherapist has responsibility for the physical management of the child.
Our service aims to:
To provide initial and ongoing assessment to identify immediate physiotherapy intervention needs and early risk factors which may limit physical development in the future.
To provide physiotherapy interventions in accordance with best practice and professional standards that results in improved physical movement.
We work with other professionals in health, education and social care services as well as with voluntary and charitable organisations.
The service accepts referrals from other healthcare professionals.
The child must have a Richmond GP.
Written consent from the main care giver is required before the child or young person can be seen.