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Children's Occupational Therapy Service, South Of County

Type of service:
Advice And Support
21 Gambrel Road, Northamptonshire Health Care, Unit 1, Westgate House, Westgate Industrial Estate, Northampton, NN5 5BB
Telephone number:
01536 493065
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Service description:
The Children's Occupational Therapy Service works with referred babies and children to enable them to achieve their optimum level of independence in all aspects of personal and domestic activities of daily living, play and learning, leisure and school work.

The service provides a non-specialist but comprehensive package of therapy for service users from birth to 18 years. Service users may have an acute or developmental condition and/or a lifelong disability.

Occupational therapists (OTs) work in partnership with these individuals and their families and with other professionals and agencies to anticipate, respond to and reduce the impact of a child's difficulties on their wellbeing and ability to participate in daily life. They assess how involvement in everyday activities is being compromised, what environmental facilitators or barriers exist and the capacity for change at an individual or environmental level.

The Children's Occupational Therapy Service works out of two bases. In the north of the county the service is based within the Children's Treatment Unit at Kettering General Hospital and in the south of the county it is based within Westgate House, Gambrel Road, Northampton.

There are also outreach clinics around the county and contact takes place in the setting which is most appropriate to the type of therapy input required, for example at school, within the home or hospital.

Specific interventions include:

Short term acute conditions
Assess, treat, monitor and support
Provision of loaned equipment
Advice to parents and carers on condition management
Developing young children
Identify, assess, monitor and provide evidence based support
Contacts based on need, varying from weekly to every six weeks
Prescription of equipment for static positioning to manage posture or promote function
Prescription of equipment for bathing/toileting
Long term conditions and case management
Contacts based on need, may vary between four and 16 contacts per year

For both developing young children and long term conditions, there is provision of programmes of advice and exercise for use in the home and school on developmental, physical, behavioural, sensory and emotional issues.

Not provided
Age range:
0 - 18 years
Opening hours:
Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30
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Additional information:
Eligibility criteria:
  • Disability
  • Requiring Occupational Therapy Interaction
Referral route:
  • Referral By General Practitioner (GP)
  • Referral By Health Professional
  • Self Referral
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