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Physiotherapy - Community (Liverpool)

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What conditions do you treat?

We specialise in treating children with neurological conditions (including Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, Spina Bifida, Genetic Syndromes and Acquired Brain Injuries)

What should I expect during my first appointment?

Your first appointment will involve a detailed assessment of your child. This will include gathering information about the history of your child’s condition, how they are affected by their condition, what difficulties they experience and what they would like to improve and achieve. We will also discuss the impact on the family and what your concerns and aims are. A full physical examination will also be carried out in order to provide the necessary information to analyse your child’s current ability and identify areas for improvement. Following completion of your child’s assessment, discussion will take place as to the most appropriate type and frequency of treatment.

How long do the treatment sessions last?

Your first appointment will last approximately 45 minutes. Subsequent sessions are most often of the same duration, however this will be discussed at your initial appointment and the most suitable duration agreed. Time will vary depending on your child’s age, exercise tolerance and level of concentration.

How frequent are the treatment sessions?

Frequency will vary depending on your child’s condition. Following your child’s initial assessment, the most beneficial frequency will be agreed. Examples of different available frequencies include a one off assessment, regular monitoring, frequent blocks, ongoing weekly input or higher interventions for specific periods e.g. following surgery.

What appointment times do you offer?

We work Monday to Fridays and we offer morning, afternoon and after school appointments. This provides a family focused service, ensuring the flexibility of a time where your child will be most responsive to treatment and free from other commitments.
How can I refer my child? You can refer your child yourself or you can ask a professional involved in your child’s care to refer your child.
To refer yourself you can either telephone 0151 438 2090 or you can complete the referral form and email it to or post it to Community Physiotherapy, The Aimes Centre, 2nd Floor, Baird House, Liverpool Innovations Park, Liverpool, L7 9NJ.
Referral Form

How long will my child wait before being seen by a physiotherapist?

We cannot give you an exact length of time but we do endeavour to meet the 8 week guidelines set to us. We will let you know when we have received a referral for you child and will be in touch with you to arrange an appointment at the earliest availability.

Where will my child be seen?

This varies depending on the age of your child.
Children aged 0-5 will be seen in an outpatient clinic held in one of 7 Children Centres across Liverpool. They may also be seen in a nursery setting if they have one following the initital assessment.
Primary and Secondary aged children will be seen in their own school setting. If the appointment falls during school holidays you may be asked to bring your child to one of the schools we use as bases and have access to during the holidays.

Do I need to be present at the physiotherapy sessions?

We ask that parents or guardians attend the initial assessment with their child in order for us to gain consent for your child to be seen, and also to gain the child’s history and meet the physiotherapist.
Following the initial assessment, school aged children can be seen without their parents present. The physiotherapists keep in contact by telephone, letters and reports to ensure you are aware of your child’s progress.
Children aged 0-5 generally require their parents/guardians to bring them to the appointments but if they are in a nursery setting they may be seen without the parents present. Again, we ensure parents/guardians are kept informed.
If at any point it is felt a meeting with the parents is required you will be contacted and asked to attend an appointment. Likewise, if you at any point want to attend a physiotherapy session you can contact your child’s physiotherapist.

How can I learn more about 24 hour postural management?

We run information sessions for families regarding 24 hour postural management. Please contact your Physiotherapist for further details or email us at:

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