Children's Therapies Team


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Who we are
Our Children's Therapies Team work with children, young people and their families where there is a disability or impairment that is affecting a child's ability to carry out or join in with everyday activities.  

Our team includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, assistant practitioners and therapy assistants who are supported behind the scenes by a dedicated admin team. 

We focus on supporting children with their functional or physical needs. This could be areas such as:
  • Difficulty in self-care skills
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Neurodevelopmental difficulties 
  • Sensory processing difficulties 
*For Knowsley residents only, please note that as of the 1 January 2021, the Trust will no longer be coordinating the Neurodevelopment Pathway in Knowsley and your child's case will be transferred to the new provider: Clinical Partners. For any enquiries after 1 January 2021, please contact Jo Lucas, Pathway Co-ordinator for Clinical Partners at: jo.lucas@nhs.net or call 020 39059390.

Who is our service for?

Our service is available for children from birth to 19 years old who live in St Helens and Knowsley. 

How our service can help
Occupational therapy
Our occupational therapists can help you to develop skills and techniques that will support you with activities, sometimes referred to as 'occupations', relating to:
  • self-care – learning to wash, dress, eat, toilet independently are important for your development
  • play and leisure – play and leisure are important in development because it's through play that children learn and practice new skills, make friends and find a sense of self
  • education – participation in education is a key activity for children and young people
We work with children and young people, families and schools/nurseries to offer advice and strategies that will support you to achieve the things that you want to or need to.

Physiotherapy
Our physiotherapists can help you to improve your gross motor skills (large muscle movements made with the arms, legs, feet or entire body) and strength. 

We do this through strengthening and stretching programmes and teaching you how to move into different positions, stand and walk.

We help you to achieve these skills through exercises, hydrotherapy, rebound therapy and exercise groups.

Assistant practitioners and therapy assistants
Our team of assistant practitioners and therapy assistants support our occupational therapists and physiotherapists. They also run programmes and courses that you may use as part of your care plan.

Who do we work in partnership with?
We work with a wide range of individuals to support our service and provide the best possible results for children.

Some examples of the people who we work with to help us are parents, teachers, children's nurses, speech and language therapists, consultants, and external agencies such as social enterprises or charities. This list is not exhaustive as we will work with any other key individual or organisation who is involved in the child's life to ensure the child is supported to achieve his or her goals.

How to access our service
Information about how to access our service can be found on our referral information page.  


Where we work
We provide a range of therapies both one-to-one and group sessions at clinics, patient homes, community centres, special and mainstream schools and nurseries in St Helens and Knowsley including:
Additional information
Contact us

Tel: 0151 244 4387

Email: childhealthservices@nwbh.nhs.uk