Important COVID-19 updates
In line with NHS England guidance around Covid transmission, we are minimising the occasions where children and young people are seen face to face both in clinic, home and educational settings.
We are using safer ways to continue to provide our service and offer support, such as telephone or video consultations as the first option where we can. If your child needs to be seen face to face by a therapist in clinic, we have put measures in place to make this as safe as possible for you and your child. If being seen face to face, please ensure you follow any guidance given to you carefully to keep the risks as low as possible.
If you have any queries about your child's care, please contact us via telephone: 0300 555 5965 on email: cpm-tr.childrensOTcpft@nhs.net or visit our Occupational Therapy Toolkit for advice and resources to support your child.
Who we are
We provide services to children and young people aged 0-18 and those who are 19 years old who are still in full time education. We work with individuals who have a range of mild to complex disabilities and difficulties, including developmental delay, motor disorders and/or complex physical disability. The aim of the service is to ensure parents and others supporting the child can manage safely and have the necessary skills and knowledge to help the child achieve their potential, promoting participation and independence.
Children's occupational therapy provides supports to empower and enable children to learn new skills or adapt tasks in order to overcome barriers that may be preventing them doing everyday activities (occupations) that matter to them. We are a family-centred profession with a person-centred approach to goal setting to promote a balanced range of occupations to enhance health and wellbeing and help a person reach their full potential.
Occupations for children and young people may include:
Productivity - going to school or helping out at home
Self-care - washing, dressing, toileting, eating and drinking, sleep
Leisure - playing, socialising with friends, hobbies or sports
Individuals may experience disruption to their occupations due to injury, illness or disability. Occupational therapists will spend time finding out about a child’s and family’s typical daily life and what they want, need or are expected to do. They will need to work together with the young person to identify factors that affect their everyday function and develop goals that they would like to achieve. Together, possible solutions will be developed, such as exploring alternative ways of doing things, making changes to the environment, use of equipment, or developing coping strategies to support participation.
As a patient, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support.