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Paediatric Physiotherapy Service


Paediatric physiotherapy (PT) is the treatment, by physical means, of conditions seen in children, which affect or compromise normal childhood development.

Who can refer?

  • The Physiotherapy Service accepts referrals from registered healthcare professionals and the Physical Disability Support Service (PDSS).


Referrals will be accepted for Developmental and Neurological Concerns in:

  • Babies and pre-school aged children
  • School-aged children up to and including 19 years old (in mainstream and special schools)
  • Note: Young people of 16 years and over who attend a College should be referred into Adult Services 


Musculo-skeletal concerns, only in children:

  • Up to their 14th birthday AND who live NORTH of the city centre (Postcodes: B6, B7, B8, B9, B10, B18, B19, B20, B21, B23, B24, B33, B34, B35, B42, B44, B72, B73, B74, B75, B76 - with certain exceptions).


Referrals will not be accepted for children with:

  • Presentations that are part of variance in normal development e.g. Knock Knees, Bow legs, in-toeing or out-toeing. Relevant resources.
  • Toe walking with probable idiopathic or neurodiverse causes unless it is accompanied by additional concerns. Relevant resources.



What happens to referrals?

  • Referrals received are triaged by physiotherapists to decide whether the CYP (child or young person) meets the criteria for physiotherapy assessment.
  • If the referral is not accepted, the referrer and family will be informed and if appropriate signposted to relevant information on our webpages as part of our Universal Offer.
  • If the referral is accepted the family will receive a letter from the Central Booking Service (CBS) to invite them to call to book an available appointment that is most convenient to them. They will then receive an appointment letter detailing the time and venue and the name of therapist that they will see.
  • At the initial appointment the child will receive an assessment with a Paediatric Physiotherapist. This will take place in a Local Health Centre in the majority of cases, with parents or carers present.
  • Assessment may be carried out in a specialist setting if the child is in a Special School.
  • Children with very complex needs may be seen at home for their Initial Assessment and for on-going intervention.
  • Children with musculoskeletal problems will always be seen in a local health centre.


Following assessment it will be decided whether the child requires advice, signposting to our Universal Offer resources, future review, or whether they need to be place on the waiting list to receive a ‘package of care’.


Children and Families Services Referral Form



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