Children's physiotherapy

Our team of children’s physiotherapists and therapy assistants provide the highest standard care, ensuring that not only health needs of the child are considered but also the family, social, emotional and educational needs.

Our team comprises of clinical specialists, specialised physiotherapists and assistants who provide an integrated acute and community service for inpatients, outpatients and within the community.

Children receive physiotherapy within a variety of settings including hospital wards, a range of physiotherapy-led outpatient clinics, nurseries, children’s centres, specialist and mainstream schools and within the family home.

A million times, thank you. Our girl walked down the aisle, something we didn’t think possible a year ago… you have given us more than you could know.

In hospital

In the hospital staff work in a variety of areas which include the special care baby unit, post natal and children’s wards and physiotherapy outpatients. Types of conditions that maybe seen within the hospital include:

  • conditions which children are born with, for example abnormal foot positions, Erb’s Palsy
  • acute soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains and sports injuries
  • rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery
  • long term joint and muscle pain
  • respiratory problems including chest infections, breathing difficulties

Children attending as an outpatient are treated within the child friendly physiotherapy department where they will be assessed and provided with an individual treatment plan tailored to meet their rehabilitation needs.

In the community

In the community staff work in the patient’s homes, schools, nurseries and health care centres, providing specialist advice treatment and support to children and their families and carers. These children tend to have long term and sometimes complex physical needs and the aim is to maximise the child’s potential in all areas of life. Treatment may include hands-on therapy, positions for play, postural and 24 hour management plans, equipment provision, and rehabilitation / management programmes.

Thank you for helping my daughter to walk; there is no stopping her now.

Making a referral

You can be referred to us by any health care professional and selected education staff. The physiotherapist will take self-referral in exceptional circumstances.


You can contact the department from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.30pm. Individual contact numbers will be available from the therapist involved with your child.

University Hospital of North Tees
Children’s Therapy Service
01429 522717

University Hospital of Hartlepool
Children’s Therapy Service
01429 522717

Useful links

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Association of paediatric chartered physiotherapists