What we do
We are a team of Paediatric Physiotherapists treating children and young people up to the age of 16 years old, in a variety of settings within the hospital.
In the Physiotherapy Department, located in the Surgical Centre, children and young people (usually of school age and over) are seen for a variety of conditions. For example, rehabilitation following trauma, fractures, and soft tissue injuries; assessment and management of musculoskeletal pain.
Babies and younger children are seen by Specialist Physiotherapists in clinics held in Children’s Outpatients, Bernard Meade Wing. Conditions seen in these clinics include, plagiocephaly and torticollis; Erb’s Palsy (Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy); walking concerns e.g., in toeing and tiptoeing; symptomatic hypermobility.
We have two Advanced Practice Physiotherapists, who have expertise in the diagnosis and management of Paediatric Orthopaedic conditions, Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) and the management of clubfeet, using the Ponseti treatment method. These specialist clinics are held in Children’s Outpatients.
Kath Thacker, Clinical Lead & Advanced Practice Physiotherapist
Paediatric Orthopaedic clinic, Hip Screening Clinic for DDH, Paediatric Musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
Ellie Roland, Advanced Practice Physiotherapist
Clubfoot and Infant Foot Clinic; Paediatric Physiotherapy Clinics for babies and younger children; DDH Clinics & Paediatric Outpatient physiotherapy.
Liam Thornton, Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist
Paediatric Outpatient physiotherapy; management of musculoskeletal injuries & conditions; rehabilitation following injury; Paediatric Strength & Conditioning Class
Junior Paediatric Physiotherapist
A junior physiotherapist who is on a 6-month rotation treating children & young people in the Main Physiotherapy Outpatient department.
Children and Young People on Sunshine ward requiring physiotherapy during their stay are seen by specialist inpatient physiotherapists e.g. for respiratory or orthopaedic physiotherapy