Children's Occupational Therapy (Paediatric)
Occupational therapy (OT) enables people to participate in daily life. Daily life is made up of many activities (or occupations). Occupations for children or young people may include self-care, being productive (going to nursery or school) and leisure.
Paediatric (children’s) Occupational Therapists get involved when a child or young person is finding it more difficult to access their occupations because of a specific Illness, disability or condition. We support children and young people to do the things they need or want to do everyday such as brushing teeth, getting dressed, riding a bike, using scissors and handwriting. We provide assessment, advice, programmes and direct sessions depending on the needs of the child or young person. We work closely with other services to support the advice to be implemented into the child or young person’s daily routines.
Paediatric Occupational Therapy Advice Line
The Paediatric Occupational Therapy (POT) Service operates an advice line, this is aimed to offer support for:
- Health Professionals and those that refer to the POT Service
- Schools, teachers and SENCO’s
- Parents and carers
We will offer information on:
- Strategies and advice around occupational performance and functional concerns.
- Practical advice relating to difficulties in areas of self-help, play and leisure.
- If a referral to POT is appropriate.
To speak to a Paediatric Occupational Therapist please call 07562 436633. The service operates on Wednesday's between 9am-12pm and Thursday's between 1pm and 4pm.
Information for professionals
Children can be referred by a healthcare professional; members of the Child Development Team, Health Visitors, Paediatricians, GP, Therapists and Orchard Service Nurses.
The referrer can complete the Child Health referral form on Carenotes. An email should then be sent to WHCNHS.firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us that a referral is on the system.
If you are referring externally then please call the appropriate department (find contact details) and we shall provide you with our referral form. This will need to be completed in detail and returned to the correct team.
Our service operates as two teams; South and North. South will take referrals for South Worcestershire and North will take referrals for Wyre Forest, Redditch & Bromsgrove. Please note North referrals should be sent to The Princess of Wales Community Hospital and South referrals sent to The Beacon Centre.
The Paediatric Occupational Therapy department support children and young people from birth to eighteen. If the child is over the age of 18 please refer to an appropriate adult service. The department does not accept self-referrals.