We are a team of specialist physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants and we see children in primary school age of 5-11 years who have a Liverpool GP.
We see children for physiotherapy in mainstream schools, special schools and at home.
Patient Journey / What to expect when child is referred to us
What happens next?
• After your first appointment your physiotherapist will discuss with you the outcomes of your child’s assessment. If your physiotherapist decides that physiotherapy input is needed you will discuss joint outcome goals for your child and a treatment plan will be agreed upon.
• The physiotherapy team will discuss with you your preferred method of communication as well as an appropriate location for any future physiotherapy assessments. This could be at your child’s school, in a clinic setting or at home.
• The physiotherapy team work closely with other health and social care teams across Liverpool including Occupational Therapy, Liverpool Wheelchair Services, the Community Equipment Team, Social Workers, SEN Link workers and SENCo’s and other staff in schools. Referrals or joint therapy sessions with any of these services can be arranged if it would be beneficial for your child.
• We also work closely with health professionals of various specialties at Alder Hey Hospital including Community Paediatricians, Orthopaedics, Neurology, Orthotics, Physiotherapy and all other relevant teams. We attend joint clinics with these specialties to provide multidisciplinary care for our patients and their families.
• Patients needing physiotherapy in the community after treatment or a procedure at the hospital will receive intervention in the community after a comprehensive handover from our colleagues at Alder Hey.
• Specialist outcome measures are used to help determine the child’s progress as we continue with their treatment programme.
• Progressive strengthening programmes are offered at local fitness centres in liaison with the Liverpool City Council. These programmes are physiotherapy led and devised with the child’s physiotherapy treatment goals in mind.
• Hydrotherapy and Rebound therapy treatment sessions are available for your child if it is reasoned to be a clinically appropriate therapy option by your physiotherapist.
Working in partnership with education
Our focus is to help the child integrate into school and support parents and school staff through this process. Joint goal setting with parents and school staff are done to support the child through their educational journey.
We attend school reviews and provide feedback as required. We can also provide feedback towards the Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT) as well as attending Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) meetings and providing formal reports for these documents.
Our physiotherapists are able to support the Physical Education programmes in special schools and provide advice where necessary in mainstream schools.
We work closely with our secondary team to enable smooth transition into secondary education. This includes introduction and joint sessions with the new physiotherapist and a transition document for each child.
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