Working in partnership with you: supporting children and young people to participate in what they need and want to do.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Public Health England has made the decision to stop routine and non-urgent appointments. This is so that NHS staff and resources can be redirected to support patients with high risk conditions and urgent care needs, as well as to ensure that social distancing is adhered to.

Local SEND Health Services have been working with colleagues in the Local Authority and other sectors to ensure that there continues to be support for children, young people and families at this difficult time. Health colleagues have worked with others to collate and develop helpful resources.

During this time we understand that families and young people may want to contact services. If you have any queries or want advice in relation to your child’s condition you can contact the Children’s Complex Care and Speech and Language Therapy Administration Hub on 020 7266 8777. This phone line will be open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week during the current situation.

You can call this number if you want to get in touch with any of the following services:

  • Woodfield road Child Development Service including Psychology
  • CLCH Children's Community Nursing
  • CLCH Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics
  • CLCH Occupational therapy
  • CLCH Speech and Language therapy
  • Imperial Children's Physiotherapy


Some of these services, such as Children's Community Nursing will continue to see children when a face to face contact is essential. However, if you have not been contacted by the service directly we recommend that you call the number above to discuss further.

At this time these services are still accepting new referrals, however you are likely to have to wait until normal service resumes before you get seen by the service. If you have any questions about this please contact the number above for further information.

We are a client-centred, Occupational Therapy service for children and young people.  We promote engagement, performance and independence in meaningful, daily activities.  We work together with families, schools and other services to achieve shared goals.​

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Our team

  • Adrienne McGhie (Team Lead)
  • Andrew Bates
  • Bhrita Chauhan
  • Christopher Colborne
  • Claire Stratton
  • Danielle Rabin
  • Feyza Alcicek
  • Gemma Garvey
  • Hannah Carver
  • Natasha Stone
  • Nicole Trainor
  • Paula Godfrey
  • Ruth Blackwell
  • Sasha Smerin
  • Stef Tribe

Children and Young People's Occupational therapy (CYPOT) works across Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster. The team is currently based at:

The Medical Centre

7e Woodfield Road
W9 3XZ


CYPOT has an open referral process. This means that we will consider referrals from parents, education, and health, or social care professionals.
Referrals are not accepted directly from the local borough SEN department.
If a child or young person has been discharged from CYPOT, but new concerns arise, parents may re-refer their child up to one year after discharge.

External referrals:

Where to send the referrals:

CYPOT works with children and young people from the age of 0 up to their 19th birthday who have a GP within the City of Westminster, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, or Hammersmith & Fulham. Referrals are accepted from parents, health and education professionals (e.g. GP's, Paediatricians, Allied Health professionals, and school SENCO's).
A referral to CYPOT will be considered when there is a concern regarding the child's ability to participate in the following areas:
  • Play/leisure
  • Self-care/Independence
  • Participation in school life
The referral form must identify at least two functional concerns, such as difficulty using cutlery, organising books for school, dressing, riding their bike, making breakfast/light snacks, participating in PE lessons or sporting activities, handling play items (e.g. building with Lego) or using school tools (such as scissors and pencils). The definition of function is 'age-appropriate daily activities'.
The referral needs to specify how the difficulties impact on the child/young person's ability to perform daily activities (e.g. because of difficulties with dressing, the child misses the beginning of PE lessons; because of difficulties handling toys, the child is delayed in their play and self-care skills). Please note we do not accept referrals that state "fine motor difficulties", "sensory processing difficulties", or "Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia diagnosis". These referrals will be returned to the referrer.
We do not accept referrals for purely handwriting difficulties where no other functional concerns are identified. If there are handwriting concerns but the child has no other difficulties then we would expect a school to provide handwriting intervention.

CYPOT works closely with schools and nursries in Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, and Hammersmith & Fulham.

Occupational Therapy provision is not dependent upon whether a child or young person has an EHCP.

In North Kensington and Chelsea, CYPOT support the Special Educational Needs (SEN) of children with Occupational therapy provision stated on their education health and care plan. In Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and South Kensington and Chelsea this is provided by the corresponding SEN services.


Special Educational Needs Department (SEND) local offer websites:

Please follow the below links to the local offer website to find out more about your NHS community based CYPOT services across Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

CYPOT are able to offer home visits where appropriate to meet the needs of a child or young person. For example to support parents/carers to implement strategies and programmes in the home environment.


Additional content and information

Other websites you may find useful to help children and young people to learn through play:

Therapy fun zone is a website set up by an occupational therapist to share activity ideas, and encourage you to share yours in order to keep the creativity stimulated if you are helping your child to develop their skills.
Therapy Street for Kids and OT Plan are both good websites for getting more ideas for activities you and your OT are working towards.
Help with specific every day difficulties children are having.
ERIC is a site to improve the quality of life of children, young people and their families in the UK who suffer from the consequences of wetting and soiling difficulties, to help them manage or overcome these problems.

Groups and extra-curricular activities for children and young adults

Sport and physical activity opportunities that have a positive impact on disabled people's lives:

Parent support groups

Cheyne Child Development Service (Doughty House)

Currently Closed
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
SW10 9NH
Phone: 0208 102 4008

2 Parkview Centre for Health and Wellbeing

Currently Closed
1st Floor Cranston Court
56 Bloemfontein Road
W12 7FG
Phone: 0208 102 4008

3 The Medical Centre

7e Woodfield Road
W9 3XZ