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Paediatric Occupational Therapy

  • Paediatric Occupational Therapy enables children or young people to take part in daily life which is made up of many activities which they may be finding more difficult to participate in. These activities include self-care, being productive (going to nursery or school) and leisure activities like playtime.

  • Service Manager Lead: Alice Turnbull
  • Service Contact: whcnhs.paediatricot@nhs.net

About the service

The team is made up of Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapists Assistant Practitioners and Admin Support Staff who work together to support children and young people to be able to achieve their goals.

Specialist Play Service

The Specialist Play Service is a home-based assessment and intervention service for pre-school children in Worcestershire with additional needs. This might include delays in their development such as gross and fine movement, play and learning, social and communication.

They use a variety of toys, equipment and techniques to identify difficulties and to support development of play. They can advise on appropriate toys and strategies to enable parents to continue this input with their children.

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Contact the Neighbourhood Teams

Princess of Wales Community Hospital
Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove, B61 0BB
Tel no. 01527 488041

Please enter the Hospital and report to main reception. The Princess of Wales Community Hospital has a car park which you pay when leaving. POWCH now has a system where the cameras detect your number plate, so please drive close to the barrier when exiting. The car park is open Monday to Sunday (24 hours), charges may apply.

The Beacon Centre 
Carnforth Drive, Worcester, WR4 9HG
Tel no. 01905 681883

The Beacon Centre is located in the Warndon housing estate. It is opposite Fairfield Community Primary School playing field and Regency High School. We have 5 parking spaces, 2 allocated for disabled parking. The building has a small sign on the front of the building.

Kidderminster Health Centre
Bromsgrove Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1PG
Tel no. 01562 514520

Parking is available on a pay and display car park opposite the health centre.

Team Lead North – Dawn Taylor   

Team Lead South – Helen Wynne-Jones

Covid 19 Service Update

COVID 19 (CORONAVIRUS) - UPDATE FROM THE PAEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPY, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND SPECIALIST PLAY TEAM IN WORCESTERSHIRE - Updated Oct 2021

We would like to thank you for your patience and support during the Covid-19 pandemic. We continue to work together with our Health, Education and Social Care colleagues recovering services whilst ensuring that patients and staff remain safe.
October 2021

  • Our service are offering a blended approach of telephone consultations, video appointments and face to face appointments based on the needs identified
  • When there is a clinical need to see a patient face to face we are able to complete this with the appropriate PPE, following our Trust’s guidance to mitigate risk (this may take place in clinic, school or at a patients home)
  • We are continuing to offer support in schools to ensure children are able to access their equipment, continue their therapy programmes where possible and ensure staff are upskilled and confident to support children’s needs
  • We continue to accept referrals following our usual process. There is increased demand for our services at this time so please be aware we have developed a longer waiting list during this period across all our services (some patients may be waiting nine months at present). We are steadily working through this whilst ensuring we are responsive to urgent needs. Please ensure referrals clearly evidence professionals’ objective assessment.
  • If parents or professionals are concerned a child’s needs have changed considerably since they were referred to the service please get in touch to provide up to date information for our service to review and triage.
  • Please be aware that Paediatric Physiotherapists cannot make requests for investigations, scans or x-rays, therefore these need to be requested via GP.
  • We are currently not able to offer hydrotherapy, serial casting or any groups at this time due to the restrictions still in place.
  • We have developed a number of useful resources and videos on our website, YouTube channel and Facebook page which you may find useful to review – please see website address above and search Paediatric Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy to find service specific information. We have an Occupational Therapy advice line which is available at specific times during the week for families, teachers and professionals. Details of this provision can be found on our website.

Please be assured we are doing all we can to prioritise patient and staff safety. Thank you for your understanding and support.

How to refer

The Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service will accept referrals from all Health Professionals for children who are experiencing functional difficulties, that impact on their ability to complete activities of daily living. 

If you are referring externally then please call the appropriate department (above) and we shall provide you with our referral form. This will need to be completed in detail and returned to the correct base.


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 Redditch & Bromsgrove base.
 
The Paediatric Occupational Therapy department support children and young people from birth to eighteen. If your child is over 18 then please refer to an appropriate adult service. The department does not accept self-referrals.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

All children should have access to the right services, at the right time, to make sure they can reach their full potential. We work together with other agencies to ensure that the right professionals are involved at the right time to meet the needs of you and your child. Find out more about how we support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) 

Leaflets & videos

Support during COVID-19

Children, Young People and Families Wellbeing Support Guide - As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, some of our services are working in a variety of  different ways, to support you and your child during this time, and there are a
number of services available to support children, young people and their family or carers. 

Paediatric Occupational Therapy Advice Line - The Paediatric Occupational Therapy (POT) Service operate an advice line, this is aimed to offer support for:

  • Health Professionals and those that refer to the POT Service
  • Schools/Teachers/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 - Wednesday between 9am-12pm and Thursday between 1pm and 4pm

Paediatirc OT Advice Line A5 Flyer 2021.pdf [pdf] 90KB

Our latest videos

Our Youtube channel has a variety of useful videos suitable for our patients and their families, and families who might not currently access our services. Youtube Children Young People and Families playlist.

Alternatively, the video below includes a playlist of some of our most popular Paediatric Occupational Therapy videos. Click the small icon in the top-right of the screen to select the video you wish to view. 

Leaflets for download

Please note: The following resources are intended for download and print and may not be in an accessible format. If you require information in an alternative format please contact the Communications Team or inform a member of the Paediatric Occupational Therapy service.

Self Care Skills

Leisure

School Skills

Equipment

Mini making sense

Service Information