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Paediatric occupational therapy
About our service
Children and young people’s Occupational Therapists (OT’s) provide a community service for children and young people in Herefordshire.
They assess in a variety of settings including clinics, the home, educational facilities, pre-school and other environments applicable to the child.
Our OT’s assess for functional difficulties the child or young person may be having, including fine and gross motor skills, perceptual skills, living within their home, specialist equipment, self-care skills and discharge from hospital. The team work with children and young people in groups or on an individual basis.
The service uses standardised and non-standardised assessments to help identify areas of difficulty for the child or young person. If appropriate, following assessment a programme of treatment is offered which is designed to improve or provide compensatory support through specially selected activities, enabling the child or young person to reach their maximum level of functioning in their daily life.
The OT’s work in partnership with individuals, their families / carers, education and are part of a multi-disciplinary approach.
The team also provide a major and minor adaptations service to families that reside within Herefordshire’s boundaries (and pay Herefordshire Council Tax).
The department is staffed by seven Occupational Therapists and three Occupational Therapy Technicians, most are part time but we have working patterns which provide cover across the working week.
Referrals should be made via the Single Point of Referral Team (SPORT) form and sent to the Child Development Centre, Ross Road, Hereford HR2 7RL
Referrals should include as much detail as possible regarding the functional difficulties the child/young person is having and what they hope to achieve through Occupational Therapy intervention.
How to contact us
Children’s Occupational Therapy Team
The Benet Building
Tel: 01432 269584
Fax: 01432 262931
Links with other departments
The Occupational Therapy team works together with colleagues including Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and the Wheelchair Service