Paediatric physiotherapy (Ealing)

Ealing Paediatric Physiotherapy Service is part of the Ealing Service for Children with Additional Needs (ESCAN) which integrates health, social care and educational services for children.

It is a specialist service whose purpose is to provide a family centred service to enable and improve the outcome for children and young people with short term illness or injury or long term complex needs/disability.

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

We also work closely with other agencies e.g. Education/Children with Disabilities Team/Educational Psychology/Medical professionals both local and across London. 

What we do
We assess, treat, and manage children/young people with conditions or difficulties such as:

  • Acute Respiratory problems e.g.  Pneumonia, Cystic Fibrosis, Chest Infections
  • Fractures (for post fracture management)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions e.g. Soft tissue injuries, Back pain, Knee pain, Postural problems, Joint problems due to different types of arthritis
  • Needing rehabilitation following a head injury/acute or planned orthopaedic surgery
  • Neurodevelopmental problems e.g. Developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Mobility difficulties
  • Neuromuscular conditions e.g. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Arthrogryphosis, Congenital  Myopathies
  • Erb’s Palsy, Torticollis, Positional talipes equinovarus.

We also provide:

  • Management of children/young people discharged back to Ealing from other tertiary acute hospitals in London
  • Assessment and provision of Orthotics for the children and young people we see with neurodevelopmental and neuromuscular conditions to facilitate improved gait patterns and minimise deformity
  • Onwards referral to the Wheelchair/Special seating service, Podiatry service
  • Assessment and ordering of mobility and postural support equipment.

What you can expect from our service
Your child will be offered an appointment either in a clinic, at school or in a children’s centre. One of our physiotherapists will assess your child and together with the family we’ll plan what to do next depending on your child/young person’s needs and the outcome that is required.

This may include:

  • Provision of an exercise or physical management programme
  • Training of parents/carers/school staff to carry out the above programme and integrate it into the child’s daily routine
  • Individual or sometimes group sessions with the Physiotherapist or physiotherapy assistant to focus on gross motor skills and improving function
  • Provision of equipment
  • Liaison with Parents/Teachers/Learning Support assistants/Nursery nurses/Medical staff as appropriate
  • Review of Physiotherapy intervention after a period of time agreed with the family/carers/school staff
  • Facilitation of inclusion of children and young people with physical disability into educational environments
  • The Physiotherapists work closely with the other Paediatric Therapies and School Nursing.

You can contact the service on: 020 8825 8702

The main base for the Ealing paediatric physiotherapy team is: 

Carmelita House, 21-22 The Mall, London,W5 2PJ - Map and directions

Some areas of this service are delivered out of a number of locations as listed below: 

  • Early years settings, e.g. playgroups, nurseries and children’s centres
  • Home-based intervention to assess/set up equipment and advise family.
  • Special schools
  • Mainstream schools
  • Paediatric Physiotherapy clinics are held weekly at Carmelita House, Featherstone Road Clinic, and Grand Union Village Health Centre. This includes Joint Physiotherapy/Occupational Clinics held at Carmelita House.
  • Multi-disciplinary clinics with the Child Development Team (CDT) within Ealing Service For Children With Additional Needs (ESCAN) are held at Carmelita House
  • Paediatric ward of Ealing Hospital
  • Acute clinic at Ealing Hospital for post fracture/trauma.

For more information visit the main Physiotherapy pages.

The team is made up of:

Sue Mckenzie, Service Manager

Susan Dennett, Administrator

Rachel Brunton, Paediatric Physiotherapist

Adilah Rasdien, Paediatric Physiotherapist

Sarah Brown, Paediatric Physiotherapist

Kofo Davies-Oto, Paediatric Physiotherapist

Caroline Ryde, Paediatric Physiotherapist

Rachel Filby, Paediatric Physiotherapist

Pam Townsend, Paediatric Physiotherapist

Jo Innes, Paediatric Physiotherapist

Mary-Jo Middleton, Paediatric Physiotherapist

Dalbir Banger (Max), Physiotherapy Assistant


Referrals can be made by GPs, consultant paediatricians and other medical practitioners in both hospital and community services. 

Once a referral is accepted, an acknowledgement letter will be sent out to the referrer and parent/carer.  An appointment for initial assessment will be then be arranged with parents.

Referrals are accepted for:

  • Children/young people from age 0 to 19 with developmental/ physical/ mobility difficulties who remain in mainstream or special schools. (Young people aged 16 or over who transfer to college or leave mainstream education should be referred to  Adult Physiotherapy Service)

  • Children/ young people aged 0 to 16 with Musculo-skeletal problems/ acute injuries/ or needing rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery or similar. (Young people age 16 and over should be referred to  Adult Physiotherapy Service). 

Who else can make referrals?

  • Members of the Ealing child development team (CDT) can make referrals provided the child is known to a CDT paediatrician

  • The Early Help and Assessment Plan (previous CAF) or appropriate referral form should be completed. Referral letters from consultant paediatricians/ Ealing GP’s, with all necessary details will also be accepted.

All referrals should be sent to:

Ealing Paediatric Physiotherapy Service
Ealing Service for Children With Additional Need (ESCAN)
Carmelita House, 21 - 22 the Mall,
Ealing W5 2PJ

Tel:  020 8825 8702