Paediatric Occupational Therapy

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Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Enabling children and young people to participate in daily activities (occupations) to improve their health, independence and wellbeing. May include:

  • self-care  – dressing, eating a meal, using toilet, making simple meal
  • productivity – participating in activities and routines at nursery or school
  • leisure – playing with friends, doing sports or hobbies

Occupational therapists will support the child or young people, their family and other relevant people, such as teachers, to evaluate challenges and strengths in doing daily activities. Normally occurs at home, school or other relevant community settings, with some specialist assessments taking place in clinic.

SCOT service

The Children’s Social Care Occupational Therapy service (SCOT) is also part of the OT service.

This service is for children and young people with long-term physical conditions and disabilities that impact on their ability to manage independently at home; for example, those who need housing adaptations or special equipment as a result of their physical difficulties.

The Occupational Therapist will assess the child’s needs and then order and provide suitable equipment. As the child grows and the needs change, the equipment may need to be reviewed, modified and replaced. 


Eligibility criteria

Inclusions

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

  • Ages: birth to school-leaving age
  • Lives or attends nursery, school or college in Camden

SCOT

Inclusions

  • Those aged 0-19 years with long term physical conditions and disabilities that impact on their ability to manage independently at home. They may require:
    • specialist equipment for bathing, seating, toileting, changing and dressing, sleeping
    • equipment to help movement from one place to another and manual handling – hoists and slings
    • adaptations to property, such as ramp, through-floor stairlifts, level-access showers 

Exclusions

  • Short-term needs due to hospital admissions
  • Equipment for safety issues or needs related to behavioural difficulties, for example, window locks or stair gates
  • Needs related to housing overcrowding issues

How to Refer EMIS Forms

Complete the EMIS form (Camden Community Children's Services SPOR) or use the Word referral form (see Downloads).


Contact Details

Royal Free Hospital

Betty Hutchon (Head Occupational Therapist)

Lower Ground Floor, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG

t: 020 7830 2535

e: bettyhutchon@nhs.net