Paediatric Physiotherapy

We promote physical health and well-being in children and young people.

We have three specialist teams working in early years, mainstream schools and learning disability. We offer specialist assessment, advice and treatment to children and young people who have delayed or impaired functional skills associated with a wide range of difficulties.

Assessment and treatment is tailored to meet the child/young person’s functional difficulties. Individual therapy plans are developed in conjunction with the family/carers and integrated into daily activities. This includes, but is not limited to, the following client groups and areas of difficulty:

Paediatric physiotherapy

  • Early infant assessment (neurology, child development, orthopaedic)
  • Neuro developmental therapy (Bobath)
  • Gait assessment
  • Musculo-skeletal
  • Rheumatology
  • Respiratory care – cystic fibrosis
  • Neuro muscular – muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy +/- ventilated at night or 24 hours
  • Palliative care
  • Developmental co-ordination dysfunction (dyspraxia)
  • Plagiocephally and torticollis
  • Acute orthopaedics following surgery in physical disability
  • Complex care
  • Learning disability

Who do we work with?

We work with children and young people with physical disabilities including end of life care. We also act as a resource base for other practitioners working with children and young people. We see children from birth to 18 years or 19 years if there is a statement of educational needs. We also see young people known to the service with a long term disability up to the age of 25 years.

Children may be seen in their school, nursery or day care provider setting. Children may be seen at home. Some appointments may take place in other locations in the community such as children’s centres or clinics. Parents/carers may be asked to travel to West Acklam Centre for an outpatient appointment or to see a specialist physiotherapist. We also see children in consultant clinics at The James Cook University Hospital.

Children attending special schools in North Tees, Hartlepool and Easington Co. Durham are seen by the learning disability team.

We also work with private care agencies for children, young people and adults who have health funded packages of care, delivering formal training sessions and reviewing competencies of staff on an individual basis.

The team

The team is composed of three specialist teams. The pre-school team has seven physiotherapists and two physiotherapy assistants. The school team has four physiotherapists and three physiotherapy assistants. The learning disability team has six physiotherapists and eight physiotherapy assistants. The team also provides services for adults in Middlesbrough with a physical disability and adults in South Tees who have a health funded complex care package. The paediatric therapy service is supported by three administrators.

Where are we based?

We are based in the paediatric therapies team:

Children and young people’s services
West Acklam Centre
Birtley Avenue

When are we available?

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

How to refer?

Self-referral in Middlesbrough can be done through the children’s centres

We also accept written referrals (referral form is available on request) from the following:

  • Health visitors/GPs
  • Consultants and community paediatricians
  • Out of area referrals are accepted with the appropriate funding, specifically for neuro development therapy
  • Other professional or other agency
  • Neonatal follow up