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Children's Physiotherapy Service

General Details

The Children's Physiotherapy service is provided by Integrated Community Paediatric Services, part of Suffolk Community Healthcare. 

Children's Physiotherapists work with families to assess the child, discover both the child and their parent/carer's concerns and goals, and develop the most suitable programme of treatment for each individual child.  Treatment may be in the form of handling and positioning advice, development of a home exercise/management prograrmee, hands on therapy, provision of specialist equipment.  Children's needs are reviewed on a regular basis, as appropriate. 

Who to contact

Christine Hawley
Paediatric Physiotherapy Service Lead
01473 321220

There are two main bases for the Children's Physiotherapy service, one in Ipswich and one in Bury St Edmunds.  See additional contact details below. 

Additional contact

Christine Hawley
Paediatric Physiotherapy Service Lead
01284 741786
Child Development Centre
Hospital Road
Bury St Edmunds

Where to go

St Helens House, 571
Foxhall Road
Area served
Haverhill, Ipswich, Hadleigh, Kessingland, Lakenheath, Kesgrave, Mid Suffolk, Lavenham, Leiston, Newmarket, North Ipswich, Mildenhall, Needham Market, Saxmundham, Brandon, South Ipswich, Aldeburgh, Babergh, Capel St Mary, Stowmarket, Stradbroke, Clare, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, All Suffolk, Eye, Thurston, Debenham, Sudbury, East Ipswich, Framlingham, Wickham Market, Woodbridge, Glemsford, Felixstowe, West Suffolk, West Ipswich
Parking details
Most clinics/schools have parking available
Clinic bases are accessible by public transport

Integrated Community Paediatric Services provide for the specialist health needs of children/young people across Suffolk (excluding Waveney). Children's Physiotherapy services are delivered in a range of venues across the county, including special schools, mainstream schools, early years settings as well as clinic bases. 

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Cost Details
Children's Physiotherapy services are provided as part of the NHS. Therefore no cost is incurred.
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Referrals are made by Consultants, Specialist Registrars, Specialist Nurses, GPs, HVs, and other therapists.  New referrals are reviewed by a senior clinician to ensure they are appropriate and meet the referral criteria for the service.  Urgent referrals are seen within 5 days, and others are seen within 4 to 18 weeks depending on their priority level. 

Age Groups
Pre-school, Children (5-11), Young people
Wheelchair Access

Accreditation website
Accreditation details
Paediatric Physiotherapists are all fully qualified chartered physiotherapists, and are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and the HCPC. Physiotherapy technicians also receive specalist training and work under direct supervision of qualified staff.


Children's Physiotherapy is a service delivered as part of Integrated Community Paediatric Services, and works in an integrated way with colleagues to meet the individual needs of children in a holistic manner.  There is more information about the other services available on Suffolk Infolink. Ages 0 - 18 years.

Service users involved in planning
Service user questionnaires and service user information/engagement events
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Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

The Children's Physiotherapy Service provides for the needs of children/young people with physical disabilities in a variety of settings.  They work alongside families and education/early years colleagues to support children/young people to access education and social activities.  Paediatric Physiotherapists are aware of and engaged in the new SEND reforms, and will contribute to the assessment process for children and young people who require an EHC plan where appropriate. 

Conditions Supported
Health conditions
Physical disabilities

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