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Children’s Physiotherapy (Richmond)

What is physiotherapy?  

The children’s physiotherapy team provides services for children and young people who are referred with conditions which limit their physical ability.

When your child is referred into our team, we will review the information and identify which clinic is most appropriate. You will be contacted by the admin hub to arrange an appointment. At the appointment a full assessment will be completed with a qualified physiotherapist.

As a team, we run three different assessment clinics:

  • Musculoskeletal clinics are for children between 5 - 16 years old, who may be experiencing an injury, after sustaining a fracture or for unexplained pain relating to movement or activity.  

  • Children’s assessment and treatment clinic (CAT clinic) is for children of any age with a gross motor developmental delay.  

  • Joint assessment / community input is for children between 0-18 years who may have a more complex diagnosis or physiotherapy needs and are more likely to require input in home and school settings. Your initial assessment will be completed by the multi-therapy team based at Ham.  

Once you have had your assessment, it is likely that your physiotherapist will advise you on what exercises or activities you can do to help support your child. You may also be referred into one of our treatment groups. 

We offer a selection of multi-therapy and physiotherapy lead groups for children of all ages, as well as aquatic therapy sessions based at Teddington Pool. Your allocated physiotherapist will be able to give you more information about these groups.  

We also run a bi-weekly orthotics clinic with the orthotics team based in Queen Mary’s and quarterly clinic with an orthopaedic surgeon at Queen Mary’s Hospital.    

  •  See the 'Meet the team' tab (above) to find out about the service areas covered by the team.
     
           

Where we do it: 

We are based in Ham Clinic, alongside our Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Community Paediatrician colleagues. However, we work from a variety of settings in and around the Richmond borough. 

Musculoskeletal clinics are held at Ham Clinic, Teddington Memorial Hospital and Sheen Lane Health Centre. Specialist multi-therapy clinics are run with our orthotics and orthopaedics colleagues in Queen Mary’s Hospital. 

We provide the physiotherapy input at Strathmore and Clarendon schools, the boroughs specialist education settings. There are also situations, where we go to a child’s school or nursery to assess or treat, and provide support to the wider educational team that work with the child.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

APCP | The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Details of Children Centres within Richmond Borough

Achieving For Children is a social enterprise company created by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to provide their children’s services. On 1 August 2017, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead became a co-owner of AfC and they now deliver children’s services across all three boroughs.

Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with SEND and their families. Portage aims to:

  • Work with families to help them develop a quality of life and experience, for themselves and their young children, in which they can learn together, play together, participate and be included in their community in their own right.

  • Play a part in minimising the disabling barriers that confront young children and their families.

  • Support the national and local development of inclusive services for children.

Local offer provides information on local services and support available for families including children and young people aged 0 - 25 years with special educational needs or disabilities. 

Kingston & Richmond SEND Family Voices is a volunteer parent-led charity, formed in June 2014, in response to the opportunities offered by the SEND reforms; these are the changes in laws which aim to create equal partnerships between families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) and the professional services.

Independent parent partnership. The Independent Support Partnership (ISP) can support you through the process of applying for a new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or the conversion from an existing statement to an EHC Plan if you live in the Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow boroughs.

Independent Parental Special Education Advice  - This website has free resources to help families get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and/or disability (SEND).

Local support groups

Small Steps is a charity based in Wandsworth that run conductive education group classes for pre-school children with physical disabilities.    

Me too and co is an independent Richmond-upon-Thames based charity that provides activities and therapies for children with disabilities and additional needs. They also support and provide therapies, courses and information for their whole families. 

Parent Partnership is a local charity providing impartial advice for families of with children special educational needs.

National charities and support groups

Contact a Family is a national charity working to provide information, advice and support to families. They run events for families and children with disabilities, advise on legal or financial support and have a useful database of specific condition support groups.

Special Kids in the UK aim to bring families together for friendship, to share information and to support one another via their online forums and regular events throughout the country.

Local and national sports groups

  • Whizz Kids  - provide equipment, support and life skills for disabled children.

  • Companion Cycling in Bushy Park – Based in bushy park this group run inclusive cycling session for all ages and levels of ability

  • Riding for the Disabled Association – A national group for inclusive horse riding 

  • Park Lane stables (RDA) - Their horses and ponies provide invaluable therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities in and around London

  • Specialist swimming teachers – Teddington Pool are able to offer both accesses to public sessions in for families use their hydrotherapy pool, as well as 1:1 swimming lessons for children with additional needs.

  • Wheelchair basketball – Richmond’s well established and successful wheelchair basketball team -The Knights 

  • Wheelchair Racing- Weir Archer Academy, based in Kingston, they host regular training opportunities as well as being and involved in local wheelchair racing events Contact: info@weir-archer-academy.com

  • RISE– hosting regular inclusive sporting events in the Richmond area for children to come along and try a new sport, as well as running a variety of inclusive sports groups from football, yoga, golf, and dancing

  • British Paralympic Association – This website provides details about a huge variety of national inclusive sports opportunities – also see the questionnaire below that can help you to find the perfect sport and club for your child 

  • Fill in the questionnaireto see which sport might be right for you and where you can play it!

  • CP Sport – a national charity that promotes and supports sporting opportunities for people with cerebral palsy

  • English Federation of Disability Sport 

 

Local events:

Me too and co. Here is a list of all the events, activities, talks, workshops, clinic & therapies they have coming up. 

Me too & Co New Pedal Project Course - Wednesday 1 November - Wednesday 29 November.   

Reflections and Redlees Stay and Play Sessions. Drop in stay and play sessions in Feltham and Isleworth for children and young people with special needs and their families. There is a relaxing white room, a ball pool, soft play area and garden for you to enjoy. Sessions run weekly, Sundays and throughout the school holidays. 

 

Charitable funding:

Action for Kids is a charity that helps young people with physical and learning disabilities across the country find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of mobility aids, employability training and family support. 

The Adam Millichip Foundation. The aim of the foundation is to help disabled people be able to participate in sport.  

Always look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust. Grants to make children smile. The trust awards one off grants to children in need for activities/ items (not household)/trips that children’s families are unable to afford. The child must be disadvantaged due to financial circumstances, disability/ill health or other category. 

Boparan Charitable Trust. The Boparan Charitable Trust aims to help children and young people up to the age of 18, throughout the UK, who are disadvantaged either through poverty, disability or life-limiting conditions.  

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust. Equipment for leisure/activities for physically disabled wheelchair users. Applications on behalf of individuals will only be accepted through a charitable organisation or equivalent recognised body.  

Cash for Kids. Cash for Kids is Bauer Radio’s network of local charities, which operate across 22 areas around the UK. Our mission is to respond to the needs of children in our communities, and we aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential.  

Cauldwell Children. Offers a range of support to children with disabilities including family support, short breaks equipment, treatment and therapies. You can apply direct and the process is straightforward.  

Children Today encourage applicants, usually parents, to come to them for funding and other services on a regular basis as their child’s needs change. Hopefully, this will continue as they grow and develop, gaining more independence and an improving quality of life that is also shared by all those around them. They will continue receiving support until the child reaches the age of 25 years.  

Cerebra is a unique national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with neurological conditions, through research, information and direct, on-going support.

Disability Grants is a web resource which has been set up for people with disabilities and for parents/carers of disabled people. There is a wealth of information on this site to help you find suitable funding, including blogs and forums to help you get a heads up from others who have gone through this process. 

Dreams Come True is a UK children’s charity. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions across the country by making their dreams come true. Over the last 25 years they have fulfilled dreams for more than 5,000 children and young people as well as their friends, family and carers.  

Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust provides life enhancing grants to help people of all ages in need who are ill, convalescent or disabled.  

Family Fund will look at any grant request that relates to the needs of a disabled or seriously ill child, young person and their family.  

Happy Days Children's Charity supports families with children aged 3-17 who have learning difficulties, physical or mental disabilities, acute, chronic or life limiting illnesses, been abused or neglected, witnessed domestic violence, been bereaved or act as carers for a parent or a sibling. Eligible applicants can apply for the costs of the following activities: Day trips/theatre trips/theatre workshops and Group Activity Holidays.  

Just 4 Children is passionate about the relief of sickness and prevention of health of children in the UK and Ireland by providing and assisting in the provision of grants to enable them to obtain medical treatment, therapies, living environments, equipment and holidays which would  not otherwise be available to them. 

Local funders. There are a number of local funders such as Richmond Parish Lands Charity, Hampton Fuel Allotments and Barnes Workhouse Fund that offer grants to individuals and families particularly in relation to fuel grants, white goods and other household equipment and education. For a full list of the local funders. 

Newlife Charity is the UK's largest charity funder of children's specialist disability equipment. We also run the UK's only national emergency equipment service, for terminally ill children. Newlife Nurses support thousands of families, we campaign for policy change and we fund targeted medical research, to improve child health. 

The Family Fund. If you are raising a disabled or seriously ill child, the family fund may be able to help with a grant for household items, equipment, sensory toys, a family break or something to help with college for 16/17 year olds. You can apply as a parent carer, or agencies can apply on their behalf.
 
The Family Holiday Association (FHA) supports families on a low income, that have not been on holiday for the past four years and have at least one child between three and 18 years of age can obtain financial support for a break during 2016 and 2017. The FHA can only accept applications from referring agents (such as a teacher, social worker or health visitor, etc) and not directly from families. The website also has a great resource page which lists other charities and trusts that can support holidays and short breaks.  

The Henry Smith Charity (Richmond). People experiencing hardship or distress who live in Richmond, Ham, Petersham or Kew. Applications in writing from referring bodies such as citizen advice and social services.   

Tree of Hope is the crowdfunding charity that helps children and young people with a disability or illness by supporting their families to raise the money they need to pay for specialist care that is not freely available through the UK healthcare system. 

Turn2us is a fantastic website that offers help and information for anyone experiencing financial hardship or debt problems, or who is looking for funding to support an individual need within the family such as a short break. It has a grant and benefits search engine which can be tailored to meet your requirements including locality, and a phone helpline that is free to call and gives you access to trained staff who can talk you through your options. The service is available to individuals and organisations acting on their behalf.  

Whizz-Kidz is a charity which provides equipment, support and life skills for disabled children - creating independence to live a life of freedom at home, at school and at play and the independence to be themselves.

Referrals will only be accepted if the child has a Richmond GP and consent is obtained from parent or main caregiver. The service accepts referrals from other healthcare professionals, for example your GP, health visitor, school nurse or another therapist you are working with.

Please return the referral to:

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Children’s Therapy Services Admin Hub
Teddington Health and Social Care Centre
18 Queens Road
Teddington, TW11 0LR 

  • Tel no 0208 973 3480

  • Fax no 0208 630 3354 

Alternatively, referrals can be made electronically viaHRCH.Childrens-Therapies@nhs.netif being sent from another nhs.net account. 

Please note the following about our non-attendance policy:

In order to minimise the impact of missed appointments, which increase wait times for users of our service, please note the department’s non-attendance policy: 

  • Initial appointments: If you do not attend your booked initial appointment, without contacting the service beforehand, you will be discharged immediately. 

  • Follow-up: If you do not attend your follow up appointment, without contacting the service beforehand, you will be given 10 days to contact the department before being discharged.

  • Groups: If you do not attend two consecutive sessions, without contacting the service beforehand, the remaining group appointments will be cancelled and you will be referred back to your therapist.

The Physiotherapy team service base is Ham Clinic.

Address:

Ham Clinic
Ashburnham Road
Ham
Surrey
TW10 7NF

  • Telephone Number - 020 8891 8150

  • General enquiries/administration hub: 0208 973 3480

Clinics operate during office hours and there is an answer phone to leave a message.  Our physiotherapists work across different clinics and settings in Richmond on different days.  Please bear this in mind when leaving messages. 

Staff will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. However due to day to day commitments and some staff working part time it may not be possible to get back to you immediately. Every effort is made to get back to you within 48 hours.

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Meet the team

  • Claire Schneider- Clinical Service Manager for Children’s Therapies

  • Sally Jackson - Highly Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist. Tel:  0208 891 8159

  • Jenna Cunningham - Highly Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist. Tel:  0208 891 8156

  • Monica Samuel - Team Lead Highly Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist. Tel:  0208 891 8147

  • Julie Knox - Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist. Tel: 0208 891 8160

  • Chris Ovenden - Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist. Tel: 0208 891 8174

  • Hafsa Dar - Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist. Tel: 0208 891 8157

  • Erin Waller - Paediatric Physiotherapy Assistant. Tel: 0208 891 8163          

Our team covers the following service areas:

Children assessment and treatment clinics

Children are seen at Ham clinic for physiotherapy assessment and treatment sessions. Clinics are held throughout the week by our team of physiotherapists.

Please contact the admin hub on 0208 973 3480 for further information.  

School age and pre-school children

Our team of therapists work across a variety of settings, including schools, nurseries and clinics to provide physiotherapy interventions for children aged between 0-18. We work closely with parents and educational staff to feel supported and confident to implement physiotherapy programmes into day to day activities, as well as offering more intensive blocks of therapy sessions to address a specific clinical need.  

Special schools

We provide physiotherapy input at Strathmore and Clarendon school sites, delivering group and individual input to children and young people and training for school staff.

Please contact Sasha Lewis Sasha.lewis@hrch.nhs.uk for further information. 

Musculoskeletal service

We offer musculoskeletal assessment and treatment sessions for children aged 5-16 over 3 locations Centre House (Sheen Lane), Teddington Memorial Hospital and Ham Clinic.

Please contact Jenna Cunningham jenna.cunningham@hrch.nhs.uk  for further information.

Aquatic therapy (formerly known as hydrotherapy)

We are able to offer physiotherapy lead aquatic therapy at Teddington Pool. This can be in the form of group or 1:1 sessions.Referrals can be made to this service by your named physiotherapist. There are also opportunities for families to access the specialist hydrotherapy pool during public sessions.

Please contact Jenna Cunningham jenna.cunningham@hrch.nhs.uk for further information. 

Groups

We offer a selection of both physiotherapy and multidisciplinary (MDT) groups, including Little Stars and Sunbeams (pre-school MDT group), Motor Heroes (MDT group for children between 4 and 8 with co-ordination difficulties) and Adolescent and Children’s Exercise group - ACE group (physiotherapy lead strength and conditioning class for children ages 8-18). Referrals can be made to into appropriate groups by your named physiotherapist.

Please contact Erin Waller erin.waller@hrch.nhs.ukfor more information. 

Orthotics clinic

This is a joint clinic with our orthotic colleagues at Queen Mary’s hospital, where children can be assessed for the use of orthotic appliances such as insoles, ankle foot orthosis, spinal jackets and more. Referrals can be made to this clinic by your named physiotherapist. 

Please contact Monica Samuel monica.samuel@hrch.nhs.uk for further information. 

Orthopaedics clinic

We organise a quarterly joint clinic with Miss Daly (paediatric orthopaedic consultant) at Queen Mary’s hospital.

Please contact Sasha Lewis Sasha.lewis@hrch.nhs.uk for further information. 

Joint assessment

Families can come and meet the team for the first time in a joint assessment. Families can come and meet the team for the first time in a joint assessment.  We offer multidisciplinary assessment clinics at Ham Clinic which are delivered by the paediatrician, occupational therapist, physiotherapist and speech and language therapist as necessary.

Please contact Sally Jackson sally.jackson@hrch.nhs.uk  for further information. 

Educational and health care plans (EHCP)

As a team we can contribute to EHCP’s for children known to our team. This process can be discussed with your named physiotherapist as required. For children with an existing EHC Plan, outline recommendations are delivered within schools if appropriate.

Please contact Sally Jackson sally.jackson@hrch.nhs.uk   for further information. 

Students and observation opportunities

We can offer student placements for physiotherapy students and observation opportunities for students that are interested in learning more about becoming a Paediatric physiotherapist

Please contact Hafsa Dar Hafsa.dar@hrch.nhs.uk  for further information.


See where we work:

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Ham Clinic

Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

Where can I park? 

Ham Clinic
Ashburnham Road
Ham
Surrey
TW10 7NF

  • Free parking available on site for visitors and free road parking nearby. 

Teddington Memorial Hospital
Hampton Road
Teddington
Middlesex
TW11 0JL

  • Car parking at the hospital is free.

Queen Mary's Hospital
Roehampton Lane
London
SW15 5PN

  • Car parking is available at Queen Mary's, charged by the hour.

Teddington Pools
Vicarage Road
Teddington
Middlesex
TW11 8EZ

  • Pay and display parking on site (refunds of up to £1 given when using pool) 

Sheen Lane Health Centre
Sheen Lane
London
SW14 8LP

  • Pay & Display parking


Can I bring siblings?

Siblings are welcome to attend appointments. However, if it is possible to arrange childcare this can make the session easier for parents to talk to the therapist without distractions.

 

What should I wear?

For Physiotherapy appointments we advise that both parents and children wear appropriate clothing to exercise in e.g. shorts and t-shirt. For Musculoskeletal Clinics, children should wear or bring shorts and vest top. 

  • Ace Group - Children will need to wear appropriate clothing to exercise in e.g. shorts and t-shirt. 

  • Motor Heroes Joint Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Group – Children will need to wear appropriate clothing to exercise in e.g. shorts and t-shirt.

 

Can I communicate by email with the therapist?

Yes, email communication is possible. Parental consent for sharing programmes and documents via email is required.


Testimonials

‘We would like to thank you for all your help, patience and understanding over the last 5 years, he has come a long way and has overcome difficulties and continues to make positive progress. I can't thank you enough for all the hard work you have put into helping. He will truly miss you.’

Richmond parent 

Thanks again for all your help - she wouldn't have managed the 5k without your help, nor would we have had the idea to do it without your suggestion - it's been brilliant to have a goal to work towards. Will have to find a new goal now!'

Richmond parent