Please click on the links below for information on Children's physiotherapy:
What do we do?
We are physiotherapists who specialise in different areas of treating children. Our staff are registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and have Enhanced CRB checks. Most are also members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and of its professional network, the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP).
We treat a wide range of conditions using specialist skills to improve mobility, strength and stamina and encourage children to participate in physical activity.
Where do we offer this service?
We have staff based in the Children’s Centre at Pontefract and Pinderfields Hospitals and in the Child Development Centre (CDC) at Dewsbury and District Hospital. We see children in these venues and on the wards but we also visit them at home, in nurseries and schools throughout the Wakefield district.
What does the service offer?
Our staff includes specialists in various areas:
- Musculoskeletal outpatients and rheumatology (Age 0-14 years)
- Delayed development
- Neuromuscular conditions
- Acute inpatient respiratory
- Developmental coordination disorder
Examples of conditions that we assess and treat are:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular Dystrophies
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Spina Bifida
- Down’s Syndrome
- Delayed Development
- Development coordination disorder (Wakefield MDC only)
- Obstetric brachial plexus palsy (Erb’s Palsy)
- Soft tissue injuries
- Perthes Disease
- Juvenile Idiopathatic Arthritis
- Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
Depending on condition, we work broadly with children aged 0-19 years. Children can be referred to our service via their GP but often it is a result of them seeing another hospital consultant, community Paediatrician, or health professional.
We work closely with parents, schools and nurseries. Individual exercise programmes are frequently devised and reviewed, and training for parents and staff is often available. Specialist equipment may be recommended if needed. The therapists will also be pleased to suggest other groups that can give extra support and advice. Some of these are found below.
Fit to Learn Assessment Form
Fit to Learn is a motor skills programme for use in schools.
Who should you contact?
Please contact us via the main switchboard for services at any of our three hospital sites:
- Children's Therapy, Pinderfields Hospital
- Children's Therapy, Pontefract Hospital
- Children's Development Centre, Dewsbury and District Hospital
The telephone number is 01924 541000.
Patient information leaflets