The Children and Young People’s Therapies service will continue to comply with current social distancing measures when delivering appointments by using a virtual first approach. Therapists will deliver face to face intervention where indicated, wearing appropriate PPE for all sessions, both in education setting, clinic or at home. Within HCT all staff have been offered the COVID-19 vaccination and those who are undertaking face to face appointments are regularly self-testing using a Lateral Flow test.
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust’s (HCT), Children and Young People’s Therapies Service provides Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy for children and young people in Hertfordshire. The integrated therapies service delivers holistic support for a child or young person’s needs, under one provider, with multidisciplinary working across the three clinical therapy professions.
The service is jointly commissioned by East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group and Hertfordshire County Council to provide support and advice for children and young people from 0-18 years of age, or up to 25 years for those with an Education Health and Care Plan.
Our focus is on maximising children and young people’s functional skills and abilities to support them to be happy, healthy, safe and independent at home and in school. We share the vision of our partners in Hertfordshire County Council to ensure every child has the best possible start in life and the best opportunities throughout their education.
More detailed information about the Children and Young People’s Therapies Service, including how service is delivered, referrals and how we work with children and their families is available here.
To find out more about each service please follow the links below:
We are currently reviewing our training courses and workshop sessions, so that these can be delivered in a new virtual format. Training session dates are currently available on the individual profession pages. New dates and details are added regularly so please come back and check again if you are interested in any of our sessions.
This is a dedicated telephone number which parents, carers and professionals can call to speak to a therapist about a new referral or a child’s development. Please leave a message on our Advice Line and a therapist will contact you. Calls are responded to by a therapist on weekdays.
We are moving! From 1 July 2021 all HCT Children's Services will operate from the Health Wellbeing Centre in St Albans's Civic Centre. More information can be found here.
Children and Young People’s Therapies has changed the way we are working due to the COVID-19. Information for parents/carers and headteachers on how the service is continuing to support children from September is available here:
Process for Face-to-face appointments:
Along with our Advice Line we are also delivering:
We are currently reviewing delivery of face to face groups.
If you have any urgent or new queries please contact the CYPT Advice Line number - 01923 470680, Option 3 and a therapist will contact you to discuss your concern.
Please remember to also look on the Website pages under Useful Information for further advice and support.
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