The Children’s Physiotherapy Service provides a range of physiotherapy interventions for children in Stockport who have a physical impairment or disability or are in need of rehabilitation following an acute period of illness or orthopaedic surgery for neurological conditions.
The NHS service is for children with a Stockport GP up to the end of year 11 or year 14 if they attend Heaton Special School. The NHS physiotherapists may also be funded by a child’s school/local authority to meet a child’s needs under an educational duty as described in Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practice.
Physiotherapists work in Partnership with other professionals and agencies to ensure a fully co-ordinated approach which aims to reduce the impact of physical impairments on all aspects of growth, development and social interaction. Physiotherapists work closely with Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists to provide a holistic approach to treatment.
As well as providing physiotherapy treatment we train those around the child or young person to carry out physiotherapy programmes and postural management. The service oversees the provision of specialist footwear, splints, postural and mobility equipment.
The majority of our work is carried out in the community setting, homes, nurseries or schools and other venues e.g. leisure centres, extended family, child minders and any other settings that would benefit the child.
The main sites for our clinic based services are:
Beckwith House, Kingsgate House and the Children’s Treehouse at Stepping Hill Hospital.
We provide a service into the Child Development Unit at Stepping Hill Hospital. We run a joint Podiatry/Hypermobility physiotherapy clinic at Beckwith House. Under 5’s development groups run at Stepping Hill Hospital. An Orthotic service runs from Kingsgate House to which we refer children and give advice. We also provide a service onto Stepping Hill Neonatal wards and run Cystic Fibrosis Clinics at Stepping Hill Hospital. Hydrotherapy is also provided from a number of locations.
All Physiotherapists are HCPC registered (Health Care Professions Council) and are Members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. We have staff trained to Masters Level/ equivalent and have a wealth of experience and expertise in many specialities.
Disabilities and Conditions
Physiotherapists provide rehabilitation and treatments for a wide range of conditions and disabilities which impact on physical functions, such as mobility, muscle strength, range of movement and balance, as well as respiratory and neurological conditions:
- Neuromuscular conditions: Cerebral Palsy.
- Musculoskeletal or orthopaedic conditions.
- Developmental delay, syndromes and dystrophies.
- Cystic Fibrosis and Chronic respiratory conditions.
- Developmental Disorders including ataxia and dyspraxia.
- Rheumatology conditions.
- Mobility difficulties and Hypermobility
- Rehabilitation needs post head or brain injury and surgery.
Foot problems in children can result in a number of painful symptoms such as lower back pain, hip pain, knee pain, shin and foot pain which can be improved through altered foot function. Referrals including these symptoms will be redirected to Footsteps Clinic.
Treatment and rehabilitation Programmes
Early assessment and treatment is essential for children with neurological or developmental problems. This will maximise their potential and promote physical and neurological development to reach specific milestones (e.g. rolling, crawling and walking).
After receiving the referral an initial appointment is offered to assess the child’s development in order to design a structured treatment programme if applicable.
This programme may include;
- Re-educating of normal movement patterns
- Promoting normal gross motor development.
- Improving standing and quality of walking
- Postural management.
- Advice and support for parents and or teachers
- Equipment provision for standing, walking and sleeping
How to use the service?
If you are concerned or worried about your child, speak with your GP or health visitor and they will advise you if a referral to the Physiotherapy service would be beneficial.
Referrals are taken from parents/carers, social workers, health visitors, GP’s, other health professionals, teachers or anyone who feels a child under 16 with a Stockport GP would benefit from a specialist physiotherapy assessment.
Referrals from parents can be taken over the phone, but then further information may be sought before the referral is processed.
Referrals from practitioners need to be on an Early Help Assessment / developmental needs form or other documentation that includes the nature of the child’s difficulties and the reason for referral.
Referrals will be accepted if the child meets the criteria for the service.