Children’s Occupational Therapy Service – Halton

Children’s Occupational Therapy ServiceAbout us

We are a team of Occupational Therapists, Therapy Assistants and Administrative Support Staff who work together to deliver a high quality, efficient children’s Occupational Therapy service to the children and young people of Halton.

Our Occupational Therapy service offers specialist assessment and intervention to enable and maximise the potential for children to engage in their daily living activities as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The Children’s Occupational Therapists in our team will work with the child, family and other key professionals in the child’s life, to identify areas where a child’s function, participation and independence at school, home and the community can be improved.


Local offer

We can provide advice and support to families in relation to functional and daily living skills and activities for children and young people 0-16 (up to 19 if already known to the service) e.g. dressing skills, cutlery skills, personal care, using both hands together.

The team provides a service to children and families residing or being educated in the Halton Borough with a Halton GP as well as those registered with a GP in Frodsham & Helsby.

Our team is skilled in the assessment of a child’s everyday activities which may impact on their access to and joining in with their environment. We are able to provide analysis and adaptation of activities and recommendations to improve a child’s occupational performance and outcomes across a range of areas.

The Children’s Occupational Therapy team works with children presenting with a range of physical and developmental conditions, complex needs and functional difficulties.

Children, young people and their families can access expert knowledge in the following areas:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Neurological conditions
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • Sensory processing differences impacting on functional tasks e.g. getting dressed, brushing teeth, washing hair – this does not include behaviours such as jumping up and down, licking objects, hand flapping etc.
  • Motor co-ordination difficulties and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Fine motor skills, including handwriting (please note: we do not accept referrals where handwriting is the only issue as this should be addressed by school)
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Rehabilitation for children and young people following injury/accident

The Children’s Occupational Therapy service will offer:

  • Specialist assessment of a child’s needs and identification of outcomes and goals for the child
  • Advice and intervention on the basis of assessment and clinical need
  • An individual management plan developed and agreed with the young person, parents and carers as appropriate with clear goals
  • Activities provided to be carried out by families and important others on a daily basis in order to work towards goals
  • Specialist assessment and recommendation of equipment for school and nursery, including seating, toileting equipment, and changing facilities
  • Evaluation of outcomes and future plans
  • Advice on transition and discharge
  • Contribution to Education Health and Care Plans as appropriate

Where we work

Staff are based at Woodview Child Development Centre and our clinics are run from Woodview Child Development Centre.

Visits at home, school, nursery/pre-school or other community settings may be offered as appropriate.


Referrals

Referrals are accepted via medical, health or educational professionals.

The referral form and parent/teacher questionnaires should be completed with consent from the family. If the questionnaires are not completed then it is unlikely that the referral will be accepted.

View our Woodview Specialist Children’s Services webpage for our referral forms.

Referrals are accepted via email at bchft.haltonchildrenstherapy@nhs.net

On receipt of the referral, it will be triaged by a member of the Occupational Therapy team and parents will receive an opt-in letter if accepted, the referrer will receive notification of a rejected referral with reasoning.

We aim to see all children before 18 weeks from referral.

There is no cost to use the Occupational Therapy Service.


Contact us

Children’s Occupational Therapy Service
Woodview Child Development Centre
Crow Wood Health Park
Widnes
WA8 3LZ

Telephone: 0151 495 5444

For general enquiries regarding Occupational Therapy, specific enquires about a child, or for questions about a referral.


Feedback

We routinely ask for feedback from you to see how we are doing.

This may be a request for verbal feedback, or we will ask you to complete an anonymous feedback form.

Families are also requested to complete Talk to Us Forms at various stages of involvement.

This information will be treated confidentially, and may be used by the team in order to improve our service.

TalktoUs

We operate a Patient Partner Service and we would like to invite families to work with us to improve our service.


Frequently asked questions

What happens if I miss an appointment?

If you know in advance that you can’t make a pre-arranged appointment then please contact Woodview Child Development Centre on 0151 495 5444 and we will re-arrange your appointment.

If the appointment time and date has passed and you have not contacted the service to notify of non-attendance then the patient will be discharged from the service in line with Bridgewater policy.

If your child still has ongoing Occupational Therapy needs please call to discuss this further.

How long will the initial assessment take?

Initial appointments will usually take approximately 60-90 minutes, however further assessment maybe required.

Where will initial assessments take place?

Routinely initial assessments are held at Woodview Child Development Centre. However alternative venues can be negotiated dependent on the child’s needs. For further information please call the Occupational Therapy service on 0151 495 5444

What will the assessment involve?

The Occupational Therapist will gather information around your child’s current needs. The assessment may also involve your child participating in a range of activities.

Is the Occupational Therapy service fully accessible?

All buildings used by the team are fully accessible.

Is car parking available at Woodview Child Development Centre?

Yes, free parking is available.


Frequently asked questions

Communication with users is routinely, face to face, in written format e.g. letter and reports or by phone. Email between parent and therapist is also used with parental consent

Parents/carers and child are involved in setting goals and sign them and will get a review report to inform of child’s progress.

All who work with the child have written information which is always copied to the family as well as the GP and HV/School Nurse.

Occupational Therapy staff will contribute to Education, Health and Care plans and review for children and young people with additional needs.

Where required interpreters can be made available on request.


Resources

The National Autistic Society – Warrington Branch

Downs Syndrome Association

www.hemihelp.org.uk
HemiHelp is a charity providing support and information to people with hemiplegia and their families in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

www.apcp.org.uk
The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists is a clinical interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.  There are parent information leaflets available.

www.scope.org.uk
Scope offers a range of services for disabled children and young people.

www.cot.co.uk
The College of Occupational Therapists provides information on how OT’s can help children/young people and their families. (Specialist section on the website – COT SS CYPF.)

www.sensoryintegration.org.uk
Provides advice and information for children with sensory processing difficulties.

www.steps-charity.org.uk
Steps are a small national charity supporting children and adults affected by a lower limb condition such as clubfoot or a hip condition.

www.shinecharity.org.uk
Shine is Europe’s largest organisation dedicated to supporting individuals and families as they face the challenges arising from spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

www.theisabellatrust.org
The Isabella Trust is a registered charity which aims to provide information, support, training, courses and workshops to parents and carers of autistic children and children who experience sensory processing difficulties.


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