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Children's Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapy service is for children and young people aged 0—19 years who are Camden residents, registered with a Camden GP. We provide assessment and treatment service for children and young people living in Camden who have difficulties related to movement. We aim to maximise children and young people’s physical ability and quality of life.

Contact details

Contact Name
M Szadurski
Contact Position
Head of childrens physiotherapy
020 7794 0500


Activity location
The Royal Free Hospital Pond Street London NW3 2QG MOSAIC, Integrated Service for Disabled Children Kentish Town Health Centre 2 Bartholomew Road London NW5 2BX Swiss Cottage School 80 Avenue Road London NW8 6HX
Royal Free Hospital
Pond Street

Further details

Hampstead Town Ward
Last checked date
Record ID

Local Offer

About Local Offer
Local Offer Age Bands
Preparing for Adult Life 14-25
Children under 5
School Age Children & Young People 5-18
SEN Provision Type
Where is the service located and what areas does it cover?

We have 3 bases within Camden where our therapists deliver services. We also provide home-based treatment and school and nursery-based services. Our bases are at Royal Free Hospital, at MOSAIC in Kentish Town Health Centre and Swiss Cottage School. Our service covers the borough of Camden.

Who does your service provide for?

Our service is for children and young people aged 0—19 years who are Camden residents, registered with a Camden GP. Our service provides for a wide range of needs e.g.: • Developmental delay • Neurological conditions short and long-term • Orthopaedic conditions e.g. dislocated hip, club foot (talipes), curvature of the spine (scoliosis), low back pain, fractures • Musculo-skeletal injury • Joints that stretch much more than usual (Hypermobility) • Gross motor delay • Walking (gait) abnormality • Juvenile arthritis • Post trauma rehabilitation Our services may be individual, group based and/or a combination of home and school services depending on the child or young person’s needs. Some children and young people may be with our service for many years others pass through after a shorter block of therapy.

How can a child or young person start using the service?

Referrals are made by either a Camden GP or a paediatrician (specialist children’s doctor) through a Single Point Of Referral (SPOR) . The Head of Service considers the referrals and gives both the family and referrer the estimated time-frame within which the first appointment will be offered. This can be within 1 -10 weeks depending on level of need. Most serious cases or cases needing urgent treatment are seen first. Initial assessment will usually be at one of the bases but ongoing treatment may be offered elsewhere. This is decided after assessment.

How are decisions made about eligibility for your service?

Eligibility is based on being a Camden resident registered with a Camden GP. It is also based on the professional judgement of the Head of Service. The Head of Service decides if physiotherapy is likely to produce meaningful results/change for the child or young person before treatment is offered.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

There is Information about the service on the Royal Free website. We have leaflets concerning some specific conditions which we treat. We also have information leaflets concerning commonly occurring conditions. The hospital Out Patients Department has access to telephone Language Line which can help with translation into community languages and we can book BLS signers or individual interpreters as needed. Parents are encouraged to attend treatment sessions as much as possible to keep up to date with their child’s progress and to become skilled at following treatment plans at home. There is regular goal planning for each child and we review targets regularly so that parents can keep up to date with progress. We discuss the targets for intervention thoroughly with parents and with children/young people where appropriate so that families are fully involved in the target setting. We use parent satisfaction surveys at end of blocks of intervention to monitor views

Is your service fully accessible?

All of our bases are fully accessible and have disabled toilet facilities. We use bases according to the needs of individuals. Our Swiss Cottage School site has full use of hoisting equipment and pool which is fully accessible.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had/or will be they be getting?

All of the physiotherapy team are fully qualified and have good awareness and understanding of special educational needs and disability issues.

Who should a service user contact if they want to raise a concern or complain about something?

If a service user wishes to raise a concern or complain about something, the first point of contact is: Madeleine Szadurski - Head of Service Email: Telephone: 0207 020 7794 0500 Extension: 36250

Who can a parent carer/young person contact for further information?

If a child/young person has a named therapist we recommend that the named therapist be contacted initially but the head of service is happy to discuss any ongoing concerns or requests for information - see details below: Madeleine Szadurski - Head of Service Email: Telephone: 0207 020 7794 0500 Extension: 36250 For further information, please also contact the Single Point of Referral (SPOR) administrator on 020 3317 2250

The Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Camden Local Authority. Any service or provider mentioned in this Local Offer, does not represent a recommendation or endorsement of the service or quality of the service provided. You are responsible for undertaking your own checks to determine suitability of the service and provider.

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