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Paediatric physiotherapy (children) - Harrow

The Harrow paediatric physiotherapy service is one of the largest paediatric therapy teams in North West London, providing for acute and community settings in Harrow. All our physiotherapy staff are registered members of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and Health and Care Professions Council with many also being members of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists.

Paediatric physiotherapy provides services to children aged 0-16 years and is extended to adolescents up to age 19 for those with special needs and disabilities.

Our service is made up of five teams providing specialist physiotherapy to children, depending on their individual needs, and who have a Harrow GP and/or attend school in Harrow.

Our teams cover:

Acute/ Musculoskeletal

  • Children’s Ward (Jack’s Place)
  • Post fracture management, soft tissue injury and joint pain
  • Rehabilitation needs post head or brain injury
  • Mobility difficulties.

Rheumatology

  • Treatment of inflammatory conditions
  • Joint clinics with consultants
  • Rehabilitation and aquatic therapy.

Pre-school

  • Children and babies from 0-4 years of age
  • Conditions such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophies and other syndromes
  • Developmental delay
  • Mobility difficulties
  • Nurseries and playgroups within Harrow.

Neonatal unit

  • Service provided at the Neonatal unit, include screening of ‘at-risk’ babies
  • Joint neonatal clinic with Neonatologists

Mainstream schools

  • Facilitation of inclusion of children and young people with physical disability into educational environments
  • Conditions such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophies and other syndromes, impacting on ability to access educational environments
  • Mobility difficulties impacting on access to educational environment.

Special Schools

  • Support access and inclusion of children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties into special school environment.

Developmental coordination disorder

  • Assessment clinics and provision of treatment blocks to children with motor coordination and motor planning difficulties in conjunction with occupational therapy.

Orthopaedic rehabilitation

  • Increased physiotherapy rehabilitation following orthopaedic procedures
  • Examples of interventions include: surgical interventions e.g. muscle lengthening/derotational osteotomies, and botulinum toxin injections
  • The period of rehab is assessed and determined by the treating physiotherapist.

Further education service

Our transition services gives  support and guidance for young people with physical difficulties and/ or learning difficulties, who are soon to become adults. This enables them to develop their independence, understand their health needs and how to access the adult services.

Input can include provision of equipment, stretch and exercise programmes, hands-on treatment, liaison with parents, teachers, school SENCOs, Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) and medical staff where appropriate. Physiotherapists work with children in both individual and group sessions with the focus on gross motor skills and improving function. These sessions may involve  working with other therapies or medical professionals.

Physiotherapy aims to be holistic in its approach and part of a multi-disciplinary team and therefore provide care in conjunction with speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.

How to refer:

If you feel you child would benefit from physiotherapy  you can request a referral through you GP, paediatrician or your child’s school can have them referred directly.

*Please note that physiotherapy services do not operate an open referral system, therefore we do not accept referrals from parents.

Services for bilingual children: Where a therapist does not speak the family's first language, an interpreter will be present to help with assessment, support and advice.

The team is based in the Chaucer Unit, on Level 3 of the main ward block at Northwick Park Hospital.

We work in partnership with children and young people, their parents or carers, other health, education, and social services professionals and voluntary bodies. Intervention is carried out in the following settings:

  • Alexandra Avenue Health and Social Care Centre
  • Northwick Park Hospital - Chaucer Unit
  • Harrow Schools - Primary and Secondary
  • Harrow nurseries and children centres.

If you have any direct queries or comments please contact 020 8869 3010.

Maria Luscombe, Head of Paediatric Therapy Services

Samantha Old, Clinical Lead of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

Cheryl-Anne Snyders, Principal Paediatric Physiotherapist (Pre-schools and Schools Special Needs Service)  

Michelle Martin, Senior Medical Secretary

Kalpna Vekaria, Administration Manager

Useful links

Harrow Parents 4 Disabled Children 
A friendly group of parents who are part of the steering group representing families of disabled children ages 0-19 years in the London Borough of Harrow.

Tel : 07928 577 689

Contact a Family 
An organisation which provides information and support to families needing extra help because of their child's disability or medical condition.
Tel: 0808 808 3555

Making Contact 
A service from Contact a Family linking together families with disabled children.

Scope Charity UK 
A charity providing disability information, support and services.
Tel: 0808 800 3333

Aspire Centre 
A warm swimming pool (30-32 degrees), with disabled access.
Tel: 020 8875 2603

Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists 
A link to parent information leaflets on conditions and topics commonly referred to Paediatric Physiotherapists.