During lockdown, the input from the paediatric therapy services was restricted and assessments and input was mainly by telephone or video call for all services as per trust and national guidelines.
As lockdown restrictions were relaxed, risk assessments were carried out and plans put in place for home and school visits to start again in a way that would keep staff and families safe.
For physiotherapy and occupational therapy, telephone consultations are carried out for all new referrals and these are completed within a few weeks of parents calling to opt in. Parents are then offered a video consultation where appropriate, a home visit, clinic appointment or school visit if further assessment and/or input is required.
Home visits, clinic appointments and school visits are now being carried out for all children known to the service, however where appropriate the service is still completing virtual/video calls between face-to-face contacts.
This is being monitored in line with Covid-19 restrictions and changes will be made as and when possible based on those guidelines.
Parent sensory training sessions are being offered as an online package or in written format for those parents who would like to do this. There is still the option to remain on the waiting list for a face-to-face session for parents who would prefer this.
Children in Lansbury Bridge school are being reviewed and having their programmes and advice updated. Direct therapy is occurring as required. Therapy staff are working with the school and are in different bubbles each day that they are on site.
DCD clinics have unfortunately been the last service we have been able to get back up and running due to suitable clinical space. This has now been resolved and those children on the waiting list should be hearing from the service in due course.
Waiting times are within target and children are being offered intervention within 18 weeks, apart from those children awaiting a DCD clinic appointment.