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.
The advice line is not for waiting list enquiries or to check whether a referral has been accepted.
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.
- What is Occupational Therapy? A helpful guide for our young people on what we do
- Paediatric Occupational Therapy - Information for parents and carers
- Visit our Youtube Channel to access a range of videos produced by staff from our Children's Therapy Teams to help support the wellbeing and development of your family.
Professionals - Make a referral
Our Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service provides assessment and therapeutic intervention for children and young people with difficulties completing daily occupations which impact their participation in some of the following areas:
Self-care: Washing, bathing, dressing, toileting, teeth and hair brushing, eating and sleeping
Productivity: Challenges with fine motor skills such as using a pencil or scissors, ability to record information, barriers to accessing the curriculum including Physical Education at nursery/school/college
Leisure and play: Play skills and engaging with peers, participation in sport and physical activities, safety concerns at home or accessing the community
Aims of the Service
- To support with enabling the child or young person to maximise their participation and independence in daily activities at home, educational provision and within leisure settings.
- To work in partnership with the child/young person, their parents and carers and educational setting to meet the child’s individual goals.
- To work in collaboration with other professionals from health, social care and education.
Who can refer to the service?
Referrals are accepted from Health Care Professionals, Social Care Teams, SENCo’s, Learning Support Teams and The Physical Disabilities Outreach Team.
Who can be referred?
Children/young people from birth up until their 18th birthday:
- With consent from the person with parental responsibility or child themselves if considered to have Gillick competence
- Those registered with a Worcestershire GP
- Who have a ‘Looked After’ arrangement with Worcestershire Local Authority and continue to reside in Worcestershire with a Worcestershire GP OR who have a ‘Looked after’ arrangement with another Local Authority and are placed in Worcestershire with individual funding agreement.
- Who live in Worcestershire and require a housing adaptation or have social care equipment needs in the home. This applies to all children and young people who have a GP either within or outside of Worcestershire.
- If the child/young person is a student at a special school in Worcestershire, we will accept referrals up to a young person’s 19th birthday for school-based issues only.
- Any child placed in a Worcestershire school with a GP out of county will be considered on an individual basis with liaison with their local NHS service.
How to refer and the information we require:
- Referrers should complete our referral form in full. The form is available on Carenotes/THEA or can be downloaded directly from this page - Download our referral form.
- We require examples of difficulties that are impacting on independence, and/or participation in self-care, productivity and play/leisure activities.
- It is important to identify what support, strategies and advice is already in place to support the child and young person and the outcome and impact this has had e.g. universal information from the website and have accessed our Advice Line.
Please note ALL our referrals should be sent electronically via our generic email address: WHCNHS.PaediatricOT@NHS.net
Re-referrals will be considered if there is a new difficulty or a change impacting on function. Evidence of strategies trialled will be required to determine suitability for further assessment.
Our service is unable to accept referrals:
- Without clear evidence of impact on occupational functional difficulties and participation (see table page 1).
- For emotional and behavioural difficulties in isolation where other services are best placed to support (e.g. referral to Family Front Door, Early Help, CAMHS).
- For upper limb splinting (please refer to the acute therapy team)
- Where the difficulties are only related to academic tasks e.g. isolated spelling and handwriting difficulties (these should be signposted to the Learning Support Team).
- Children that experience a range of sensory preferences that do not have a significant impact on function e.g. aversion to specific noises. Please review our universal advice to support such sensory differences and preferences.
- We do not do sensory screening in isolation for home and school environments.
- Specifically for tribunal work for children not known to the service.
- For overcrowding matters as this should be directed to the housing association
- Relating to assessment and provision of wheelchairs. Please refer to the Wheelchair, Posture & Mobility Service
What happens next?
- Referrals received will be triaged and a decision made about whether or not the referral meets our service specification criteria and whether they have accessed the graduated response. Referrals are managed on a clinical prioritisation basis.
- If the referral is accepted, parents/carers will be informed of this decision.
- If the referral is not considered appropriate or we feel that our universal offer is appropriate following the graduated response, we will share these details with the referrer and parent/carer.
- There is a significant waiting list for assessment and support. At triage cases will be risk assessed and clinically prioritised due to the urgency of their need.
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