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Children's Occupational Therapy
About our service
Occupational Therapists (OTs) provide a community service for children and young people registered with a Herefordshire GP or Herefordshire council tax household (if referral is for home adaptations/equipment at home)
The role of the Occupational Therapist is to assess, evaluate, advise and/or provide intervention for children and young people whose participation in activities of daily living (including self-care, play, leisure and school) is significantly compromised by physical, motor, sensory or learning difficulties.
We also support children and young people where there are barriers in the physical environment at home or nursery/school that impact on function i.e. access to building and facilities, transfers, seating for function.
Assessments take place in a variety of settings including clinics, home, educational facilities, pre-school and other environments applicable to the child.
Standardised and non-standardised assessments are used to identify factors affecting a child’s ability to participate in activities of daily living and any difficulties with this. If appropriate, following assessment, interventions will be recommended which may include advice for parents/schools, workshops, group or individual treatment sessions, equipment or environmental adaptation recommendations.
The team work in partnership with children and young people, their families / carers, education, healthcare and social care professionals, and are part of a multi-disciplinary approach.
The department is staffed by seven Occupational Therapists and three Occupational Therapy Technicians, most are part time but working patterns provide cover across the working week.
All Occupational Therapists are HCPC registered.
OT Sensory Workshop
Follow THIS LINK for more information about the Children's Occupational Therapy Sensory Workshop.
Referrals should be made using the childrens occupational therapy referral form below and emailed directly to the team using the email address provided on the referral form.
Children’s Occupational Therapy Team
Tel: 01432 269584
Links with other departments
The Occupational Therapy team works together with colleagues including Health Visiting, Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and the Wheelchair Service
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding Bank holidays)
The Childrens Occupational Therapy team is not an emergency service and there may be times when messages cannot be responded to the same day.
If medical advice or assistance is required consider phoning 111, 999, your GP, or the Children’s Ward if you have open access.
Equipment breakdown and repairs (i.e. hoists and hospital beds): contact NRS 0300 1000045
- WISH (Wellbeing Information and Signposting for Herefordshire): https://www.wisherefordshire.org/
- Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT): https://www.rcot.co.uk/
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): https://www.hcpc-uk.org/