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Welcome to Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) work to enable children to participate in their activities of everyday life. For a child or young person this may include self-care (washing, dressing, eating a meal, toileting, preparing a snack/meal), participating in school or nursery (handwriting, PE, play skills) and engaging in activities of interest (hobbies, doing sports, leisure activities).

Our service sees children and young people with a wide range of differing physical and learning needs including conditions such as  cerebral palsy, Down's Syndrome, autistic spectrum disorder, muscular dystrophy, co-ordination difficulties, developmental delay and many more.

All our therapists are HCPC registered with specialist knowledge and experience in the assessment and treatment of children and young people.

Where appropriate, we may do some joint working with our therapy colleagues (physiotherapy and speech and language therapy), as well as colleagues from other agencies such as education and social care.

If you are having difficulty attending appointments or accessing our clinic sites, please contact our administration team on 

paediatric.services@acecic.nhs.uk   Tel:  01206 588100

 

Where is the service provided?

This service is provided at the following locations:

Primary Care Centre
Turner Road
Colchester
CO4 3GW          Click here for map

Clacton and District Hospital
Tower Road
Clacton-on-Sea
CO4 5LJ           Click here for map

Fryatt Hospital
419 Main Road
Harwich
CO12 4EX         Click here for map

 

How to access the service

Access to the service must be through a health professional such as GP, paediatrician, health visitor, school nurse or school SENCO.

You will need to complete the electronic referral form on our website through the Community Gateway. Click on the on-line referral link box here.

ACE Online Referrals

Click here to view the referral form

 

Re-referring to the service:

There may be times when a child or young person (CYP) requires further support from the clinical team and a new episode of care needs to be created.  Examples may include equipment out-growing, a recent growth spurt leading to change in function/pain or a deterioration in clinical presentation or symptoms.  It is expected that all those seeking a re-referral have worked though the advice and recommendations offered by the clinical team previously and can demonstrate in their re-referral request, what has been tried and what new difficulties are being faced.  For musculoskeletal conditions, a CYP can only be re-referred if the information relates to the same joint/condition.

Click here to view the re-referral form

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