Children’s Occupational Therapy Service – Halton

What the Children’s Occupational Therapy Service does

Our aim is to provide a high quality Occupational Therapy (OT) service as part of a multidisciplinary team to meet the needs of children and young people.

We work in conjunction with Universal services such as Health Visitors, GP’s, School Health etc. as appropriate.

The focus is on maximizing a child or young person’s participation in daily life at home, in education and in their community and on minimizing any disability.  We are not a curative service and our aim is to support and develop self-management and independence.

The occupational therapy service will offer:

  • Specialist assessment, including assessment and recommendation of equipment for home and school, including school seating.
  • Advice and Intervention on the basis of assessment of clinical need.
  • An individual management plan developed and agreed with the young person, parents and carers as appropriate.
  • Evaluation of outcomes and future plans.

Where we work

Staff are based at Woodview Child Development Centre, Crow Wood Health Park where we also offer a clinic based service from which is fully accessible.

Home visits are offered for where home equipment is required.

Services are also provided in the community ensuring that children (and parents) are treated closer to home where appropriate.  This could be at, School, Special School, nursery/pre-school, home, or any other community setting as appropriate to meeting child and family’s needs.


Who do we see

We can support the family with functional and daily living skills and activities in relation to the daily environment for children and young people 0-16 (up to 19 if already known to the service).

The Team provides a service to children and families residing or being educated in the Halton Borough with a Halton GP as well as those registered with a GP in Frodsham & Helsby.

Where needed we will assess for, recommend and provide specialist pieces of equipment order to maximise children’s and young people’s participation and independence in daily activities at home, nursery or school.


How to use the service

Referrals are accepted via medical, health or educational professionals.  Referrals are through a referral form and completed parent/teacher questionnaires with consent from the family.

Referrals for children with motor skill difficulties must also be accompanied by completed Parent and Teacher Questionnaires:

If a completed set of questionnaires are not received with the referral form then the referral is not accepted.

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Families can request any relevant professional to refer on their behalf.

Referrals to occupational therapy are received and processed at Woodview Child Development Centre.

Contact details:

Woodview Child Development Centre
Crow Wood Health Park
Widnes
WA8 3LZ

Telephone: 0151 4955400.

On receipt of completed referral form and questionnaires, Patients are sent an opt-in letter asking them to contact if they would like a first appointment.

Once a patient has opted-in they are sent an appointment within 18 weeks from the date referred.  If patients fail to opt-in the child is discharged from the service

The service has a waiting list for first appointments and all children are seen before 18 weeks from referral.

The service has a waiting list for follow up appointments following the first appointment depending on the needs of the child

There is no cost to use the Occupational Therapy Service.


How decisions are made about how we work with families

What families can expect from the Occupational Therapy Service

  • Expert assessment including in depth analysis of daily living skills
  • We will collate information about the child or young person skills to inform diagnosis.
  • Parents/carers will be fully involved in the development of a management plan for their child
  • Each child will have a plan that the plan will contain clear measurable goals and expected outcomes
  • The goals will link to daily strategies for families and others to implement on a daily basis
  • Families can expect programs that they and relevant others, such as nurseries and schools, are to implement on a daily basis.
  • Families can expect that they and important others, such as teaching staff, develop their own skills in using the appropriate strategies to support their child on a daily basis.
  • Families can expect coaching sessions which may include a defined number of coaching sessions with the child individually or in a group or a training package for parents and teaching staff only.
  • All who work with the child have written information which is always copied to the family

Occupational Therapy staff will contribute to Education, Health and Care plans and reviews for children and young people with additional needs:

  • Families can expect signposting to other agencies and services where appropriate and when families consent to this beneficial support
  • Occupational Therapists will advise and provide support for equipment where relevant and clinically appropriate
  • Relevant, goals and management plans will be provided jointly in order to work in a holistic and meaningful way with families.

Moving on – transitions and discharge

A young person’s needs are continually reviewed and reassessed.

Where the service continues to be involved at transition points, such as school entry or  moving from primary to secondary, children’s to adults services, the service will ensure transition will be as seamless as possible by ensuring links are made with other services.

Once the child / young person has reached their ability to become self-sufficient with daily living skills or they have reached their anticipated level of independence, the role of the Occupational Therapist is over.

When the child / young person or their parents / other professionals are self-sufficient with respect to knowledge about appropriate strategies the service will discharge the child to the care of these relevant others.

This is likely to be at the point where:

  • Skills are at an optimum level and the child or young person’s parents and teaching staff are trained to maintain the functional skills acquired and to ensure they are supported in an appropriate learning environment.
  • Difficulties no longer have significant impact upon child’s development.
  • Resolution of difficulties with no ongoing needs

The decision to discharge to the support of all others in the child’s life will always be discussed and agreed with the child or young person, their family and other relevant professionals.


How we communicate with service users and how you are involved in decision making/planning

Communication with users is routinely, face to face, in written format e.g. letter and reports or by phone. Email between parent and therapist is also used with parental consent

Parents/carers and child are involved in setting goals and sign them and will get a review report to inform of child’s progress.

All who work with the child have written information which is always copied to the family as well as the GP and HV/School Nurse.

Occupational Therapy staff will contribute to Education, Health and Care plans and review for children and young people with additional needs.

Where required interpreters can be made available on request.


We value what you say

We routinely ask for feedback from you to see how we are doing.

This may be a request for verbal feedback, or we will ask you to complete an anonymous feedback form.

Families are also requested to complete Talk to Us Forms at various stages of involvement:

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This information will be treated confidentially, and may be used by the team in order to improve our service.

We operate a Patient Partner Service and we would like to invite families to work with us to improve our service.


About our staff and services

Young People and their families can access expert knowledge in the following areas

  • Developmental Delay and Sensory processing
  • Motor Co-ordination Difficulties and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Rehabilitation for children and young people following injury/accident
  • Surgery discharge planning

All members of staff receive training in disability awareness and undergo regular supervision and clinical training to maintain their skills and develop new expertise. Every member of the team has an up to date DBS check.

We deliver a range of services that you can access for you and your child/young person. This includes, written advice leaflets, coaching/support sessions and review clinics.


Working with our partners

Evidence shows that the best results are achieved when we work with those in daily contact with the child and young person.

This enables those around him / her to promote skills to their full potential in a variety of meaningful environments.  For us this means working with a variety of settings and with a variety of other people including parents and professionals.

We aim to form a partnership with families and professionals to support others to maximise their child’s potential.  Parents are a significant member of the team who hold a unique insight into their child and whose contribution we value.

Our role as Occupational Therapists is to provide support and coaching to the significant people in the child’s life to enable them to develop their child’s skills.

In order to offer integrated, high quality services for children, all of our Children’s Services work closely with preschools, nurseries and schools.

We share information about the outcomes of assessments and the strategies recommended in order that preschools, nurseries and schools implement the same strategies on a daily basis. We also inform preschools, nurseries and schools when a parent does not attend an appointment.

This will greatly help your child, but it you do not wish information to be shared you may withdraw your consent at any time.


Who you can contact for further information

For general enquiries regarding Occupational Therapy, specific enquires about a child, or for questions about a referral – contact our admin team on 0151 495 5400.

The admin team may then put you in contact with any individual member of staff, or the team lead that can most help you with your enquiry.

If you have a compliment, a concern or want to make a comment about this service you can contact Patient Services (Formally PALS).


Useful contacts/links for families

The National Autistic Society – Warrington Branch

Downs Syndrome Association

www.hemihelp.org.uk

HemiHelp is a charity providing support and information to people with hemiplegia and their families in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

www.apcp.org.uk

The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists is a clinical interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.  There are parent information leaflets available.

www.scope.org.uk

Scope offers a range of services for disabled children and young people.

www.muscular-dystrophy.org

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign provides care and support for people affected by muscle disease, funds vital research and campaigns for better services.

www.cot.co.uk

The College of Occupational Therapists provides information on how OT’s can help children/young people and their families. (Specialist section on the website – COT SS CYPF.)

www.sensoryintegration.org.uk

Provides advice and information for children with sensory processing difficulties.

www.steps-charity.org.uk

Steps are a small national charity supporting children and adults affected by a lower limb condition such as clubfoot or a hip condition.

www.shinecharity.org.uk

Shine is Europe’s largest organisation dedicated to supporting individuals and families as they face the challenges arising from spina bifida and hydrocephalus.


Contact details

Occupational Therapy Service for Children and Young People
Woodview Child Development Centre
Crow Wood Lane
Widnes
WA8 3LZ

Tel: 0151 495 5400
Textphone: 18001 0151 495 5400
Fax: 0151 495 5440


Information sharing

In order to offer integrated, high quality services for children, all of our Childrens Services work closely with preschools, nurseries and schools.

We share information about the outcomes of assessments and the strategies recommended in order that preschools, nurseries and schools implement the same strategies on a daily basis.

We also inform preschools, nurseries and schools when a parent does not attend an appointment.

This will greatly help your child, but it you do not wish information to be shared you may withdraw your consent at any time.


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