Children's Physiotherapy Service

We are a team of Physiotherapists covering North Somerset, based at Drove Road Child Development Centre (CDC) in W-S-M.

 

We are part of the Specialist Community Children's Service team.  Our small team of Chartered Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Technician specialise in the assessment and treatment of children from birth through full time education where the child has a significant motor delay or difficulty affecting physical ability and function. We work closely with our collegues from other agencies.

 

Referrals

We see children with a variety of conditions resulting in significant motor delay, such as neurodisability, neuromuscular, metabolic and genetic.

We are a community, not acute based service and don't see children with respiratory conditions, injuries or musculoskeletal conditions.

 

Referral criteria

WAHT referral guidelines for physio service Version 3

You will need to be referred by a Health Care Professional.

Referral is via the Single Point of Entry form which is available from Drove Road by clicking here

Assessment

If the child meets the referral criteria they will be invited for assessment. This may be with a Physiotherapist, or part of a joint therapist assessment, or as part of a Multi-Professional Child Centred Assessment (CCA).

Treatment

A treatment pathway will be agreed with the family which may be:-

  1. Advice & close to Physiotherapy.
  2. Block of assessment sessions to achieve agreed outcome & close to Physiotherapy.
  3. Block of sessions with a Child Development Practitioner followed by a review with Physiotherapy.
  4. Package of care incorporating a Physical Management Plan (PMP) taught to carers & education staff to be carried out on a daily basis.
  5. A 24 hour postural care package in conjunction with Occupational Therapy colleagues.
  6. Possible referral and signposting onto other services such as Orthotics , Occupational Therapy or Portage.

 

Meetings

We take part in CDC meetings, multi-agency meetings and school reviews to try to co-ordinate the approach for the child and family where appropriate.

Discharge

The child will be discharged when a treatment package is established or when Physiotherapy is no longer felt to be  beneficial.

For more information about the Children's Physiotherapy Services please contact:
Drove House
Drove Rd
W-s-M
BS23 3NT
Tel: 01934 881306