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Birmingham Paediatric Physiotherapy Service

Service operating at reduced capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please refer as normal.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for children, young people and families

We understand that you might be worried about the COVID-19 coronavirus, particularly if your child has a long-term health condition. This leaflet sets out our advice and the action we are taking to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

Due to the reduction of our physiotherapy service during the pandemic, we have launched a temporary advice line for professionals and for children and families already know to our service.
The number is 0121 466 5193, open between 9am and 4pm, so that parents can receive clinical advice and support for their child over the telephone in the first instance.

For other queries regarding appointments, or cancellations, please contact the Paediatric Physiotherapy administration team based at Soho health centre on 0121 466 5203.


Paediatric physiotherapy (PT) is the treatment, by physical means, of conditions seen in children, which affect or compromise normal childhood development. The paediatric community physiotherapy service provides specialist assessment and a range of interventions to enable children with physical difficulties to reach their full potential by maximising function and independence and promoting normal movement; aiming to prevent or limit contractures and deformity, and thereby improving quality of life.

We teach families and carers about the condition the child presents with and the programme of activities required to either maintain or to develop skills. Partnership with parents and education staff is essential. We also work in close partnership with other professionals from Health, Education and Social Care.

Who is it for?

Paediatric physiotherapy is a community-based service which will accept referrals for all children aged 0-18 years of age, who are still in full-time school education.

The service is provided to children and young people registered with any Birmingham GP.

Children and young people who do not have Birmingham GP may also receive the service if they are in full-time education in Birmingham and/or it is otherwise convenient to them

The service provides assessment and treatment for babies and children with delay in gross motor skills which may be affecting their normal childhood development. For babies, children or young people with abnormal muscle tone and/or patterns of movement and children and young people with musculoskeletal conditions causing pain or loss of function, we will offer advice and recommendations for specialist equipment or orthotics which will assist in achieving either postural control / management or mobility.

Who provides it?

The service is provided by chartered physiotherapist who are specialists in treating children with arrange of medical conditions. A number of our staff have had postgraduate training to develop their skills this may include training at a centre of excellence for children with spasticity called the Bobath centre, and other physiotherapy techniques.

We also employ the only Consultant Physiotherapist in spasticity management in the NHS who leads national courses on the treatment and management of Cerebral Palsy and supports and trains our staff.

Community Physiotherapy services are delivered Monday to Friday primarily between the hours of 8.30am to 4.30pm.  Some out of hours appointments will be accommodated to meet the needs of the individual child and family.

Other resources

Parent leaflets from the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP):

Flat feet leaflet:

In-toeing gait leaflet

Further information

Contact Us

Paediatric Physiotherapy Service

Soho Health Centre
247 – 251 Soho Road
B21 9RY

Tel:  0121 466 5203

Click here to download the Children and Families referral form for all services in PDF format.

Click here to download the Children and Families Referral form for all services (Word document version).

Click this link for the referral process


Appointments are provided at locations across the city of Birmingham from a large number of bases to try to enable convenient access for the whole population.

Physiotherapy services are delivered in:

  • Health Centres;
  • Special schools / mainstream schools
  • Child Development Centres;
  • The child’s home, mainstream school or early years setting
  • Children’s Centres.

An in-reach service is also provided to the neo-natal unit at City Hospital and to the low birth weight follow-up clinic, in order to improve the early identification of developmental difficulties in this group of children.

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