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Physiotherapy (Children)

This website is designed to give you an insight into the care that we provide and what you should expect when receiving Physiotherapy with our team.

We are one of the largest paediatric therapy teams in North-West London, providing for acute and community settings in the London Borough of Harrow. All staff are registered members of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists  and Health and Care Professions Council. Many staff are also members of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists.

Paediatric Physiotherapy provides services to children aged 0-16 years. The service is extended to adolescents up to age 19 for those with special needs and disabilities.

Description of service

Our service works within 5 teams providing specialist physiotherapy to children depending on their individual needs and who have a Harrow GP and/or attend school in Harrow. The specialisms are Pre-school, Mainstream Schools, Special Schools, Transitions and Acute/ musculoskeletal Services.

Our teams cover:

Acute/ Musculoskeletal

  • Post fracture management, soft tissue injury and joint pain
  • Rehabilitation needs post head or brain injury
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Rheumatology conditions

Pre-School

  • Neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophies
  • Developmental delay
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Rehabilitation post-surgery or post botulinum injections
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder

Mainstream Schools

  • Neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophies
  • Developmental delay
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Rehabilitation post-surgery or post botulinum injections

Special Schools

  • Neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophies
  • Developmental delay
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Rehabilitation post-surgery or post botulinum injections

Transitions

  • Neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophies
  • Preparing children and young people for transition into adulthood
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Rehabilitation post-surgery or post botulinum injections

 

Input can include provision of equipment, stretch and exercise programmes, hands-on treatment, liaison with parents, teachers, school SENCOs, LSAs and medical staff where appropriate. Physiotherapists work with children in both individual and group sessions with the focus on gross motor skills and improving function. These sessions may involve joint working with other therapies or medical professionals.

Physiotherapy aims to be holistic in its approach and part of a multi-disciplinary team and therefore provide care in conjunction with Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

Our Transition services supplies support and guidance for young people, with physical difficulties and/ or learning difficulties, who are soon to become adults. This enables them to develop their independence, understand their health needs and how to access the adult services.

 

 How to Refer:

If you feel you child would benefit from physiotherapy input you can request a referral through you GP, Paediatrician or your child’s school can have them referred to physiotherapy.

*Please note that physiotherapy services do not operate an open referral system, therefore we do not accept referrals from parents.

SERVICES FOR BILINGUAL CHILDREN: Where a therapist does not speak the family's first language, an interpreter will be present to help with assessment, support and advice.

 

Locations

Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

The team is based in Chaucer Unit, on level 3 of the main ward block at Northwick Park Hospital, but provide assessments and intervention on paediatric hospital wards both here and at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

We work in partnerships with the children, their parents or carers, other health, education, and social services professionals and voluntary bodies. Intervention is carried out in the following settings:

  • Alexandra Avenue Health and Social Care Centre.
  • Northwick Park Hospital – Jack’s Place, NNU, and Chaucer Unit.
  • Harrow Schools –Primary, Secondary and Special Schools in Harrow.
  • Further Education – Colleges in Harrow.
  • Harrow nurseries and children centres.

 

Contacts

Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

  • Samantha Old, Lead of Paediatric Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
    020 8869 2239 mon-fri
  • Maria Luscombe, Head of Paediatric Therapies
    020 8869 3010 mon-fri

Consultants and other key staff

View Physiotherapy (Children) consultants »