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Paediatric Physiotherapy Service

Who is our service for?

Children and young people from 0-19 years presenting a range of conditions form mild developmental delay, orthopaedic anomalies through to complex neurological/neuromuscular conditions, including Cerebral Palsy and children presenting with complex health care needs.

How do we help?

The Paediatric Physiotherapy Team is a team of specialist physiotherapists who are trained at a post-graduate level in Paediatric Physiotherapy, including 3 Physiotherapy assistants. The service in Dudley is a Borough wide community team providing specialist assessment and/or treatment for children aged 0-19 years presenting with a range of conditions from mild developmental delay, orthopaedic anomalies through to complex neurological/neuromuscular conditions, including Cerebral Palsy, including children presenting with complex health care needs. In addition to the core offer, the team also provide specialist in reach to the Acute Neonatal Service at Russell’s Hall Hospital and Orthopaedic interventions, particularly around the management of children with Cerebral Palsy. There is no paediatric physiotherapy service at Russell’s Hall Hospital.

The team are bound by professional codes of conduct from the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) and APCP (Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists) as well as the Health and Care Professionals Counsel. As Paediatric Physiotherapists, bringing their generic skills as physiotherapists, working in a specialist field, they have additional skills and knowledge around:

- the holistic child development
- anatomy, physiology, neurological and psychological development from new born to adulthood
- the recognition of the ages and stages from infancy through transitions to adult life
- a range of child specific medical conditions and disability and the impact they have on participation and wellbeing
- the ability to recognise atypical development and assess, identify, clinically diagnose and offer a range of interventions and options using their clinical judgement and experience
- the understanding of the importance of working in partnership with the children and their families to help them gain an understanding of their situation, teaching and empowering them so that they are able to maximise their abilities and life opportunities
- the understanding of the possibility for involvement over a prolonged period if a child has a long term condition for which physiotherapy intervention could be beneficial
- the ability to provide an advocacy and educational role in partnership with the child or young person as they progress through key stages of development, engaging with others to ensure consistent optimum outcomes.

For further information please see Association of paediatric chartered physiotherapists.

The Paediatric physiotherapy service recognises the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents/carers to maximise a child’s physical abilities and independence. Paediatric Physiotherapists work with children, families and carers in order to enable the child to reach their full potential by maximising function and independence and promoting normal movement; aiming to prevent or limit contractures and deformity, and thereby improve quality of life.

Who can refer into our service?

Referrals can be made by any health care professionals including Health Visitors, Doctors, Consultant Paediatricians, Orthopaedic Consultants and Therapists. Any child aged birth to school leaving age living or at school in Dudley can be referred to Paediatric Physiotherapy. Referrals are received at the Sunflower Centre and triaged and allocated accordingly. Children are usually assessed initially as outpatients at the Sunflower Centre or at Russell’s Hall Hospital. Following the initial assessment, therapy is provided in a variety of locations, where it best meets the needs of the child and the family

Referrals must be in writing, preferably using our referral form; this is to ensure that all information is captured on the referral form. They can be posted or faxed to the department at the Sunflower Centre. All referrals are triaged by the team leader or Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist for appropriateness. The referral must be discussed and agreed with the child and family. Self-Referrals are not accepted.

Referrals include:

- Conditions which cause delay to a child's on-going physical development e.g. Cerebral Palsy, neuromuscular disorders, developmental delay
- Movement difficulties in children due to a short-term condition, or a long-term illness or disability
- Conditions children are born with, e.g. positional talipes, Obstetric Brachial Plexus Lesions, Torticollis etc.
- Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)
- Gait Anomalies


NB. We currently do not have a service for children presenting with Musculoskeletal Problems (MSK), including sports related injuries.

When is the service available?

The service operates Monday to Thursday 08.00 – 17.00 and Friday 08.00 – 16.00, with flexibility in treatment times offered.

Where is the service provided?

The team see children in a variety of locations, depending on the child’s assessed need at that time, and include:

- Outpatients (Sunflower Centre and Russell’s Hall Hospital)
- Neonatal Unit (Russell’s Hall Hospital)
- Patients’ own homes
- Nurseries (statutory and private)
- Schools (primary/secondary/special)
- Clinics (various locations within the borough)
- Hydrotherapy (Russell’s Hall Hospital)
- Children's Assessment Unit (Sunflower Centre)
- Physiotherapy Department’s (Russell’s Hall Hospital) Gym

How do you reach us?

Team Leader: Jacqui Hemmings 
Paediatric Physiotherapy Service
Sunflower Centre
John Corbett Drive
Off Vicarage Road
Amblecote
Stourbridge
DY8 4HZ

Tel: 01384 361243
Fax: 01384 361012

Service leaflet

  pdf Dudley Physio service information leaflet