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Physiotherapy School Years Service

Service offer

The School Years’ Physiotherapy Team provides specialist assessment, care and support to children and young people of school age in mainstream schools up until the age of 19 under core services, and young people with physiotherapy needs on their EHCP up until the age of 25 years.

Children are referred into the School Years Physiotherapy Team via a number of routes: parental, GP, tertiary medical provision centres, and by the Oxleas multi disciplinary Team.

Any child aged between 12-16 years with a musculoskeletal complaint will be referred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Each child is individually assessed and dependent on their clinical needs are provided as they require – advice, treatment, interventions (one to one or group) and equipment that are clinically appropriate to the needs of the child. All interventions are target based and goal focused. Liaison with your child’s wider team such as schools and tertiary medical centres for example will occur as required, enabling close collaboration and communication between all services working with your child.

Your child’s Physiotherapist may refer them to another service or signpost you to services that support your child’s developmental needs when required and as appropriate.

How to see or contact the service

If you have any concerns about your child’s gross motor skills or if they are in pain, you can self-refer to Physiotherapy using the Integrated Therapies Referral Form. Alternatively, children can also be referred to Physiotherapy by a health or educational professional.

If you would like to contact our team, please call the Single Point of Access (SPA) Team on: 020 8836 8621 option 2 or by emailing the service directly via the email address

MOVE Programme

MOVE is an activity based programme which uses the combined knowledge of family, education and therapy to promote the skills of sitting, standing, walking and transferring for any child or young person.  Click to view further information about the MOVE Programme.

Further information

Use the links below to access recommended reading:

APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists