Our Occupational Therapists support babies, children and young people who have conditions which affect their physical and functional development.
What does your service do?
We work with children who have neurological, developmental, and orthopaedic conditions who may also have complex long-term medical, social and learning needs. The focus is on maximising a child or young person's physical ability within their everyday activities at home, in education and in their community.
Occupational therapists work together with Physiotherapists to achieve the outcomes outlined here.
Occupational therapists tend to work more on the practical activities of your child's daily living such as bathing; toileting; attention and concentration; school work and handwriting; hand eye coordination and visual perception.
The team identify the best combination of activities and equipment (such as seating), for your child. Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists also work with Speech and Language Therapists on aspects of feeding. Occupational Therapists will see some children individually.
Self-management and independence is an important aspect of the service. Treatment sessions vary greatly depending upon your individual need and include:
- Regular assessments where we identify the most appropriate therapy interventions for you. We offer you an individual programme to meet your particular needs involving either individual therapy or specialist group work.
- Developing your treatment programme which may include exercises and positioning. We can train other people who help you such as your family (parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters), your respite carer and your teachers to do your exercises and positioning with you if we all agree to do this.
- Fine motor skills assessment and advice to support your everyday activities.
- Assessment and advice about specialist equipment designed to improve your functional ability and mobility. Social Care (Independent Living Service) provides some specialist equipment for you and some will come from the Health Service. Therapists will make detailed assessment of your need and apply for funding from the correct provider. If an item is required and there is no funding available, your therapist will help you submit applications for funding from charitable organisations.
- Contribution to your Education Healthcare Plans, support you at Team Around the Child and other meetings and reports. A Therapist may act as your Keyworker. Occupational Therapists will share their findings with members of the wider team if you and your parents / carers give permission.
- Signposting you and your family / carers to helpful activities and to other organisations, including referral to Mobility Services or Orthotics if needed.
- Provide training in the Cool kids and Cool characters approach. The training is free to all education settings in Wolverhampton and takes place regularly throughout the year.
- Provide online resources for all Wolverhampton schools enabling them to identify appropriate activities which can be built into the school day to support movement, sensory and fine motor activities such as developing handwriting skills.
Our Occupational Therapists specialise in the treatment of children and young people. We follow local and national professional guidelines, and have supportive management training and review structure. Our therapists have had further training in Bobath, neuro-development, sensory integration, orthopaedics. All staff are DBS checked and undertake on-going mandatory training and continuing professional development
What to do if you are unhappy about a decision that the service makes?
All decisions regarding therapy are made in consultation with you and your family or carers. We get the best results when we work closely with the other people who are involved with you, and we aim to plan your treatment in partnership with these people. This means that the whole team who support you can adapt to give a unified approach, usually helped by - Team Around The Child. Joint planning means that we try to ensure that you and your family / carers are happy with decisions.
If you are unhappy, please discuss your concerns with your child's therapist first and then with the service lead if you feel that is necessary.
How the service is monitored and reviewed?
Every member of our team has an appraisal and continuing professional development according to service needs and changes. We work to the professional standard of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and professional bodies. Local governance arrangements involve monitoring of all incidents.
How to give a compliment or make a complaint about the service?
Use the suggestion box at The Gem Centre, containing the forms you need to make a complaint or give a compliment.
Contact The Gem Centre directly to access the most appropriate person.
Contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) based at New Cross Hospital on Tel: 01902 695362 / 695368 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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