Children's Occupational Therapy

About the Service

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.

The Children’s Occupational Therapy service offers a child and family centred approach to support children and young people with their independence in all aspects of daily living, such as self-feeding, dressing and participating in play and school activities. The service is available to children and families across Hertfordshire.

We work in partnership with parents/carers and other colleagues to promote positive outcomes for children by using a range of approaches that are individually tailored to each child and family. This may include the provision of an activity plan, specialist equipment, treatment sessions or training to parents, carers and school staff. This is achieved through individual assessments, treatment, advice and multi-agency working.

The Children’s Occupational Therapy Service in Hertfordshire is integrated across health and social care, which means in addition to the support above the service can also provide assessment and advice on adaptations to your home or child’s school environments to meet their specific needs.

Please use the links on this site to find out more about us and how to contact the Children’s Occupational Therapy Service.

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.

Training

Places are now available to book for our Moving and Handling training sessions in the Autumn term of 2021. Click here for dates and how to book.

Introducing Parent/Carer Moving and Handling Training: This is for parents and carers only. Click here for dates and how to book.

Online Parent/Carer Sensory Information Sessions
Understanding your child’s sensory preferences: Click here for dates and how to book
Supporting your child’s sensory Self-Regulation development: Click here for dates and how to book

Online Sensory Information Sessions for Education Settings

School Understanding Children’s Sensory Preferences: Click here for dates and how to book
School Supporting Children’s Sensory Self-Regulation Development: Click here for dates and how to book

Online Parent/Carer Motor Development Sessions
Supporting your child’s motor skills development: Click here for dates and how to book

We also have a dedicated telephone number which parents, carers and professional can call to speak to a therapist about a new referral or child’s development. The advice line number is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please leave a message on our Advice Line 01992 823093 and a therapist will contact you. Calls are responded to by a therapist on weekdays.

If your child is already known to the service please contact us on the number below.

Contact the service

Telephone – 01923 470680 option 3, option 2
Email – hct.cyptherapies1@nhs.net
Twitter - twitter.com/Herts_CYPT
Advice Line – 01923 470680 option 3, option 1

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.

Virtual Screening Clinics – please see the ‘Making A Referral’ section below

Service Delivery during COVID-19:

Children and Young People’s Therapies has changed the way we are working due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continuing to accept new referrals through our usual referral pathways but have reduced service capacity at this time. In order to comply with social distancing the majority of appointments will be offered virtually either with telephone or video appointments via <Attend Anywhere >

Information on using ‘Attend Anywhere’ can be found at: https://nhs.attendanywhere.com/callers

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 - 01992 823093 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.

Clinic Locations

How the Service is provided

Who is eligible for this Service

What will happen at your appointment

Useful information

Making a referral

Patient Experience