Sefton Community Occupational Therapy

Sefton Community Occupational Therapy

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COVID-19 Service Update

Dear parents,

We have had to make some important changes to our service provision, due to current COVID 19 restrictions.

  • Telephone and video consultations - All follow up appointments are now done via telephone or video consultations. A therapist from our team will contact you to discuss your child’s therapy management plan. We can send exercise plans and advice to you via email.
  • New referrals - All new referrals are triaged and will receive a telephone consultation.
  • Reports - We will continue to provide therapy updates and reports via post and email for Health and Education Plans (HEP), EHAT meetings and Child Protection meetings.

Critical Service Provision

This service is in place for a small cohort of patients identified to be in need of urgent respiratory input and risk of acute deterioration.

This category will also include any new referrals identified as critical following telephone consultation, post-operative patients and any sudden acquired impairments/ trauma.

We aim to provide these children with:

  • Teaching / training for self-management
  • Prophylactic (preventative) intervention (if identified as ‘at risk’)
  • Active intervention / input for symptoms as necessary.

Contact details

We would like to assure all of our patients and families that you can contact us for any queries by calling our office as normal, you may have to leave a message but these are regularly checked and we will get back to you.

We would love to hear how our children are getting on with their home exercise programs.

You can follow community physio on Twitter @south_seftonpt @AHNorthSefton

Additional Information

Please note that other departments like orthotics and wheelchair services are also changing their service provision. We advise you to ring them in advance, to discuss repair / provision as necessary. Contact numbers can be found below:

Orthotics - 0151 252 5318

Wheelchair services – 0151 529 3033

Community Equipment stores - 0151 288 6208

Alder Hey COVID-19 hotline

Call 0151 282 4907 or email

Please visit the Alder Hey COVID-19 Information Hub for up to date information regarding COVID symptoms, frequently asked questions, mental health resources and home schooling information for parents

pdf-logo.png Top tip for supporting children at home

All children and young people have a very important job to do. They have to grow, learn, socialise and play. Children do this every day by exploring the boundaries of their abilities. When they are successful, children and young people develop and thrive and the sense of achievement they get makes them happy.

Children’s ability to grow, learn, socialise and play can be hindered by their learning, physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive and social needs.   This can impact upon their ability to cope with everyday activities at home and at nursery/school.  This can be very difficult for children and young people and can in turn affect their self-esteem and happiness.

How can Occupational Therapists help to develop these skills?

Occupational Therapists work with children and young people to find solutions to reduce the difficulties they face and help them to get the most from life.  We support children who are experiencing difficulties with everyday skills and activities that have an impact on their daily life.

When a child or young person is referred to us we work together with parents/carers and with other healthcare and education professionals who the child or young person has a relationship with, because we recognise that these people play an important role in their lives.

We help to identify a child or young person’s difficulties in their daily life by assessing their needs, using play and purposeful activities to help them achieve their goals and become as independent as possible. We may also assess for small aids and equipment and recommend adaptations to support children and young people’s independence.

Alder Hey Children's Charity
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