Our children's physiotherapy teams work with children with neurodevelopmental and orthopaedic motor difficulties from birth until they leave school.

We provide specialist assessment, advice and intervention with a neuro developmental approach to assist children with their physical function with regard to positioning, movement and balance, to enable them to achieve their optimum physical function/potential.
 

Who we see

Our children's physiotherapy service caters for children from birth until they leave school that have a wide range of disabilities, disorders and delays including those with:

  • Physical disability
  • Profound and complex learning disabilities
  • Motor coordination difficulties
The team commonly will see children with a range of functional motor difficulties which may be as a result of neurological impairment, orthopaedic/musculoskeletal issues, genetic disorders, idiopathic conditions and specialist mobility issues.
 
Children will receive intervention in relation to positioning, functional ability, equipment, aids and splints.
 
Typically, for very young children, the skills of sitting, rolling and crawling need to be mastered, and for older children more complex activities such as throwing catching, running and sport skills are addressed.
 
The team offers a joint orthotic service and a dynamic lycra garment clinic.
 
For children attending special schools therapists are allocated to each school to enhance school liaison and working.
 
Children are seen within individual or group settings, for one off assessment and advice or on-going treatment dependent on their needs.

 

What can you expect from our children's physiotherapy team?

All children will receive an individual assessment with advice and a treatment programme as required. This assessment can be made in their home, health clinic, nursery or school. In some cases we can also provide assessments for equipment to support a child's educational involvement and achievement.

Our children's physiotherapy team works closely with a range of specialists including:

  • Child health specialists
  • Child Development Service (CDS)
  • Local authority educational and social services
  • Health visitors
  • School nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Paediatricians
  • Podiatrists
  • Orthoptists
  • Mainstream and special schools/ nursery staff
  • Educational psychology
  • Early year's services

Barnet referral information

All referrals should be made on our child development service referral form, and posted to our team:

Barnet CYP Physiotherapy Service
Referrals coordinator
Oak Lane Clinic
Oak Lane
London
N2 8LT
 
If you have any questions about this service, please contact us directly:
 
Phone: 020 8349 7000

The referrals should be made using the service referral form or via letter with the following details:

  • Patient name, address, contact details/carers contact details, date of birth, NHS number
  • Mobility/motor skills issues
  • Relevant medical details including significant past problems
  • Reason for referral
  • Current relevant medication
  • Relevant social background
  • Any safeguarding issues that should be known
  • Parental consent
  • Referrer name, organisation, address, contact details 

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusions

Referrals can be made for children with the following presentations, for whom there is a concern regarding motor skills and development or physical ability:
 
  • Neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and head injuries
  • Neuro muscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and neuropathy
  • Developmental delay (general and specific) including syndromes
  • Motor co-ordination difficulties
  • Non-acute musculoskeletal issues such as foot posture, gait problems, juvenile chronic arthritis, Charcot Marie Tooth Disorder
  • Specialist orthopaedic conditions such as Talipes and Erb's Palsy

Exclusions

Our children's physiotherapy service does not see children with the following conditions:
 
  • Acute respiratory conditions
  • Acute orthopaedic conditions e.g. bone fracture
  • Acute musculoskeletal conditions e.g. osgood shattlers, sprained ankle, acute back pain etc,
  • Referrals for MSK based issues should be made directly to the MSK physiotherapy service.

Discharge criteria

Children are discharged from the children's and young person’s physiotherapy service when:

  • There is no further indication for treatment
  • Further intervention will not affect change
  • Functional goals are met
  • No further progress of skills
  • Non-compliance (with notifications sent)
  • When problems have resolve
  • Advice has been given and there is no further indication for intervention
  • Advice needs to be followed without the need for ongoing follow up
  • It is felt that there is no further improvement
  • Young people move from children's services into adult services
  • Child moves out of borough

Locations and opening hours

Oak Lane Clinic

Oak Lane, East Finchley, London, N2 8LT

Phone: 020 8349 7000
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm