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D Fairey

 Physiotherapist                             O Murray                OT/PT Assistant


A Morrison-Smith   

 Physiotherapist                             M Day                     OT/PT Assistant          


E Eldred



J Ozumba

 Occupational Therapist                A Stern                  Occupational Therapist


C O'Connell

 Occupational Therapist


Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy at Lonsdale School

What is Physiotherapy (PT)? 

Physiotherapists work with children who have difficulties in movement for a variety of reasons.  Our aim is to help children achieve their maximum physical potential, improve quality of life for children and their families and improve children's ability to integrate into the school, home and community environment.

A Children’s Physiotherapist is concerned with the assessment, treatment and management of children/ young person with regards to supported/ independent mobility, function to access the curriculum and leisure activities.

This may lead to an exercise programme to improve; balance, coordination and general mobility.

We will advise on provision of special equipment such as boots, splints, walking aids and standing frames.  We promote 24 hour postural management.

What is Occupational Therapy (OT)? 

Occupational therapy provides practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. This support increases people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.

"Occupation" as a term refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure. BAOT

How do we work? 

The PT and OT at Lonsdale School is provided by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.  We are based at the Child Development Centres throughout Hertfordshire and provide a service into Lonsdale School.

Our aims are to offer advice and support:

  • To enable the child to access the school curriculum using appropriate equipment and functional skills
  • To assist and support parents / carers and school to meet the 24 hour needs of their child through appropriate management and liaison with local services
  • Empower children and parents / carers to take responsibility for their own needs

When will Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy begin? 

Children will receive PT/OT at school if they have a Hertfordshire GP and require therapy input as identified within a child’s EHC plan. Children should continue to receive support from their local service until they attend school full time.

Equipment needs within school for children attending part time will be dealt with in liaison with local PT/OT services.  Demands for therapy services across the county are very high.  We will endeavour to see your child as soon as possible and respond to any written, phone or email query within 1 working week. The therapists work in episodes of care. When your child has achieved their targets, we will discuss closing the episode of care. We will continue to monitor equipment at home and school. A case can be reopened as many times as required to monitor equipment and address short term needs. If new targets are identified, further episodes of care can be arranged.

How will parents / carers be involved? 

  • Therapy is delivered in collaboration with parents / carers to provide a client centred service
  • Home programmes may be provided to help meet the child’s needs and develop their functional potential
  • Parents / carers will be invited to attend PT/OT Therapy reviews once a year
  • PT/OT’s rely on parents / carers to keep us informed of any equipment changes, or appointments / medical interventions with other services that may require review by the therapist.

What happens at school? 

At Lonsdale we support a 24 hour postural management approach which may include a combination of the following as outlined in their EHC Plan:

  • Assessment and recommendation of specialist standing, walking and orthotics
  • Setting and agreeing functional goals
  • Advice for home and school to support self-management
  • Signposting to other services or agencies
  • Treatment sessions
  • Assessment, recommendation and implementation and review of specialist equipment
  • Targeted training to parents/carers and education staff.

Children will be seen for regular therapy combined with home and school management programmes, following botulinum Toxin injections or surgery, or as part of their early years intervention.

How long will the service work with my child? 

Your child will be discharged once their therapy needs are embedded within the school day, including residential stays, and/or they no longer have any therapy needs.

If the situation changes, your child can be referred back to the service at any time.

Comments or complaints 

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust offer high quality services and aim to be as helpful as possible.  If, however, you are dissatisfied by our service, then we would like to know so that we can make improvements.

Please contact either:

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
Tel:  0800 011 6113
10:00am to 2:00pm, Monday to Friday
Messages can be left outside these hours


Patient Experience Team
Tel:  01707 388036
9:30am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday
Messages can be left outside these hours


For all enquiries outside of term time, please contact:

The HCT Children’s  Services  HUB - Tel:  01923 470680