The Ealing Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service (EPOTS) is an integral parent of the Ealing Service for Children with Additional Needs (ESCAN) which integrates different health, social care and educational services for children. The EPOTS is a specialist service which aims at providing a high quality service to enable children and young people with various special needs to achieve an optimal level of development and independence in daily activities within different community, primary care, early years and educational settings.
The EPOTS is one of the largest paediatric occupational therapy services in the country. It has received multi-sources of funding from different agencies because of the recognition of the importance of occupational therapy for children. The service has a national reputation of developing innovative practice and is regarded as a centre of excellence in service delivery.
What do we do?
The service aims at providing a child and family-centred service to children and young people with different needs. The collaboration with parents and other professionals involved is the primal importance in the delivery of care. The concepts of clinical pathways and packages of care are used to facilitate the delivery of care to all children and young people referred to the service.
Paediatric occupational therapists work with children and young people from birth to 18 years of age. Children and young people with the following conditions may benefit from occupational therapy input:
- Physical disabilities, e.g. cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, etc.
- Developmental delay and learning disabilities
- Profound / multiple learning disabilities
- Preterm and low birth weight babies
- Sensory processing disorders, i.e. over- or under-reactive to sensory inputs, and also poor discrimination of different sensory information for function
- Developmental co-ordination disorders, e.g. Dyspraxia
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
In order to provide an equitable service and utilise the resource effectively, the scope of the service is defined with clear criteria of referral and also priority of service provision. The range of service settings includes:
- Early years settings, e.g. playgroups, nurseries and children’s centres
- Home-based intervention
- Special schools
- Mainstream schools
- Additional resource provision (ARP) within different mainstream schools
- Paediatric Occupational therapy clinics at local health centres
- Child Development Team (CDT) within the Ealing Service For Children With Additional Needs (ESCAN) at Carmelita House
- Paediatric Occupational therapy assessment and treatment clinics at Carmelita House and different local health centres
- Paediatric ward of Ealing Hospital
- Pre-term babies discharged from the Special Care Baby Unit of Ealing Hospital
- Children discharged back to Ealing from other tertiary acute hospitals in London
- Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), etc.