Clinical Service

Children's Community Physiotherapy

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Ashford team

Folkestone team

Dover team

What we do

Our children's community physiotherapy service is for children who have additional needs and/or need to be seen in a community setting. This could be at home or school.

This service is for children and young people, age 0-19 years. We assess and treat conditions that affect growing bones and muscles.

Conditions we treat include:

  • neuromuscular disorders e.g. muscular dystrophies

  • neurological conditions e.g. cerebral palsy, head injuries

  • respiratory conditions e.g. cystic fibrosis

  • rheumatological conditions e.g. juvenile idiopathic arthritis

  • congenital disorders e.g. spina bifida, limb deficiencies

  • orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions

  • delayed movement development

  • conditions where mobility is affected e.g. oncology

  • congenital syndromes.

For children who can attend an outpatients clinic appointment, please see our Children's Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service.

What to expect

Physiotherapy advice or treatment is based on an assessment of the child’s needs.  

Assessment may include:

  • strength and co-ordination 

  • motor development 

  • posture and balance 

  • quality of movement 

  • function.

After an assessment, any treatment will be discussed with the child and their family. Therapy goals will be agreed together.

Possible ways of supporting the child may include:

  • provision of training and advice for parents/carers and other service providers (health, social care, education) 

  • advice on how to support the child in different environments

  • assessment for specialist equipment and/or appliances  

  • involvement with educational and transition planning 

  • direct therapy with the child individually or in a group.

Where to find us

Our service is mainly provided within community settings such as:

  • schools

  • children's centres

  • patients' own homes, or

  • in our own clinics 

    • Rainbow Centre, Ashford

    • The Children’s Assessment Unit at Buckland Hospital 

    • The Beacon, Folkestone.

Please note children and young people with a Canterbury, Faversham or Thanet GP need to refer to Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust.

How to use this service

Your child can be referred to our service by:

  • yourself (parent or carer)

  • a teacher

  • a health visitor

  • a nursery

  • a GP, or

  • another healthcare professional.

See our referral information for inclusion criteria and a link to the form, under the Children and Young People's Therapy Service.