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Paediatric Physiotherapy


Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.

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Coventry Guidance  

Community paediatric physiotherapy

The service is organised into 3 clinical teams which see specific populations of children and young people. These are as follows:

Early Years Team-Premature babies leaving SCBU and preschool children up to reception age presenting with developmental delay or physical difficulties.

Mainstream Schools Team-Children and young people who attend a mainstream school. This may include children with life long conditions as well as children who may require short term rehabilitation.

Specialist Schools Team -Children and young people who attend a specialist school who have a physical  and/or a learning disability.

Acceptance criteria:

Below are the acceptance criteria for our service:

The child must be registered with a Coventry GP, unless attending a specialised school within Coventry, when the child will be seen in school regardless of GP location.

A child who is registered with a Coventry GP who lives and/or attends school outside the city boundaries will be offered treatment in our clinic setting only.

The child must have a physical need that physiotherapy can help with including (but not restricted to):

Movement disorder including altered gait, muscular syndromes, development or co-ordination difficulties.

Neurological impairment such as acquired head injury, cerebral palsy, syndromes, gait abnormalities due to abnormal muscle tone.

Musculoskeletal impairment including pain, loss of joint range, functional impairment, inflammation, rheumatological/arthritic disorders

Exclusion criteria:

Consent not gained

The child is not registered with a Coventry GP, unless attending a specialised school.

Young people over the age of 18.

Young people who are not in full time education.

Primary respiratory diagnosis.

Talipes as a primary difficulty.

Children receiving their main physiotherapy from a non CWPT physiotherapist.

Common inappropriate referrals:

  • Flat feet
  • Varus knees (bow legged)
  • Clinodactyly – ‘Curly toes’
  • Intoeing
  • Fine motor difficulties
  • Children who have co-morbidities, including behavioural difficulties, where physical difficulties are not the main concern

Paediatric physio referrals need to be sent to:

Children & Young People’s Physiotherapy Service, Paybody Building,  C/O 4th Floor City of Coventry Health Centre, 2 Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry CV1 4FS

Fax: 024 7696 1565

Queries: 024 7696 1455

For more information on this service, please see link in the right-hand panel.

Secondary Care Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

  • Gait abnormalities
  • Foot posture/ankle abnormalities
  • Toe deformities
  • Mechanical back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Postural problems

Referral via the NHS eReferral Service

Rugby Guidance  

Community Paediatric Physiotherapy

  • 0-18(or 0-19 in special education)
  • Resident in Warwickshire and / or Rugby GP

The child should present with physical difficulties which is evident in their gross motor development, balance and stability or strength. Difficulties in these areas may impact on their ability to meet milestones or develop gross motor skills at home, in leisure activities or at school.

The child should present with physical and or/ mobility difficulties that impact on their gross motor skills within those environments and need assessment.

We are an integrated health and social care Physiotherapy team working with children and young people (0-19) who have physical and learning difficulties across Warwickshire. Our physiotherapists aim to help your child reach their full potential through providing physical intervention, advice and support. We work with children and their families/ carers in a variety of settings, including schools, nurseries and home

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