The Children’s Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists are all part of one county wide integrated Therapy Team, managed in three county localities; East, West and South Cumbria.
We provide specialist advice in order to support the work that parents, schools, nurseries, health visitors, health and wellbeing nurses and charities are doing to help the development of children in Cumbria and we work very closely with these people.
There are lots of ideas and general advice that can be used to help support children’s development which can be found in our Children’s Therapy Toolkit. When making contact with any of the Therapy teams you will be encouraged to have a go at trying some of these ideas in our toolkit before considering whether a referral is needed.
If you have tried following the general advice and still feel that your child is having difficulties you can either phone the appropriate team to discuss whether a referral is needed (see contact details below), or make a referral using our referral form. Please also read the referral guidance. It may also be useful to use the Developmental Journal to see where your child’s skills are in relation to their age and general development. The Birth to Five Timeline can also help you decide if you need to seek professional advice. It is important to remember that children will often develop their skills at different rates and so it may be helpful to have a look at the normal variations in children’s development to help you decide whether a referral is needed.
In order for us to know whether we are the right service to help your child we need as much information about your child’s needs and how this is impacting on their ability to participate in activities. For this reason, it is more useful for a parent or teacher to complete the referral rather than a person who doesn’t know the child so well.
Once we receive a referral and it is appropriate to do so, we will arrange to provide some initial support and/or assess your child. Following this we will discuss with you how we will work with you and/or your child. If we feel that further input will be helpful for your child we will open an Episode of Care with a clear focus for our involvement. Once an Episode of Care has ended, we will review our input related to your child’s needs and, either open a new Episode of Care, or close the Episode of Care and discharge your child from the service. If further concerns relating to the original issue arise following discharge you can contact the therapy team and we can become involved again if appropriate to do so. Details of how you can do this will be given to you on discharge.
Therapy intervention is provided in a range of ways using the most appropriate method for your child and their needs. This may be; direct treatment for a specific difficulty, coaching advice for parents and school staff in order for skills to be practiced at home or in school/nursery on a daily basis and the provision of training sessions and workshops to help people understand specific issues.
We recognise the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents/carers and educational setting to maximise a child’s independence and their ability to participate in the activities that are important to them.
Springboard Child Development Centre, Orton Road, Carlisle, CA2 7HE
01228 608250 (OT, PT and SLT)
Footsteps CDC, West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven, CA28 8JG
01946 68551 (OT)
01946 68552 (PT)
Workington Community Hospital, Park Lane, Workington, CA14 2RW
01900 705080 (SLT)
Blackhall Unit, Westmorland General Hospital, Burton Road, Kendal, LA9 7RG
01539 715226 (OT, PT and SLT)
Child Development Centre, Level 4, Furness General Hospital, Dalton Lane, Barrow in Furness, LA14 4LF
01229 409625 (OT, PT and SLT)
In This Section:
- Weston's Welcome
- Children’s Community Learning Disability and Behaviour Support Service
- College of Occupational Therapy: Children and Young People
- The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists: Advice for parents
- Speech & language factsheets
- Cumbria's Local Offer
- Children’s Services Questionnaire (Child)
- Children’s Services Questionaire (Parent)
Published: 26th June 2019
A new specialist community perinatal service is now available for women in north Cumbria.
Published: 17th June 2019
NHS teams are celebrating Breastfeeding Celebration week in variety of ways to continue to raise awareness of breastfeeding.
Published: 5th October 2017
Newly designed service has launched for children and families
From Our Children & Families Team The former Children’s Community Learning Disability Service is changing!
Published: 30th August 2017
Found out more at our countywide launch events
From Our Children & Families Team Celebrating breastfeeding through interactive sessions and celebration walks
Published: 29th June 2017
Raising awareness of breasfteeding in Penrith
Published: 7th June 2017
A Health Visitor from CPFT has been recgonised for her great work
From Our Children & Families Team Achievements of project to help vulnerable families in Barrow are highlighted by independent report
Published: 31st May 2017
Significant improvements have been recognised for Love Barrow Families project
From Our Children & Families Team The CQC praise Children’s Community Services for leaping to an improved ‘Good’ rating
Published: 21st April 2017
Children’s community services have significantly improved
Published: 13th March 2017
Cumbria Police have teamed up Carlisle College to warn young people of the dangers of ‘sexting’.
Published: 22nd February 2017
The provision of public health services for children in Cumbria between the ages of 0-19 is changing from the 1st April 2017.
From Our Children & Families Team Text messaging service is supporting young people during Anti-Bullying Week
Published: 17th November 2016
ChatHealth service offers support on bullying for young people
From Our Children & Families Team Improvements identified in diagnosis and management of children with Autism in Cumbria
Published: 27th October 2016
An independent review highlights improvement opportunities
From Our Children & Families Team Specialist Breastfeeding Health Visitors have been nationally recognised for their work
Published: 25th October 2016
Specialist Breastfeeding Health Visitors for CPFT have been recognised by a leading international children's charity.
Published: 24th October 2016
Young people accross the county are benfitting from texting their School Nurse for support
Published: 30th September 2016
Andrew Kelly was shortlisted for his help with launching a new electronic patient information system
Published: 21st September 2016
Advice on treating common conditions at home
Published: 15th June 2016
Breastfeeding support and celebrations are being promoted
Published: 28th April 2016
More breast feeding help for mums
Published: 29th March 2016
Published: 14th March 2016
Published: 1st March 2016
A profile of a CPFT Health Visitor
Published: 19th February 2016
Children with speech, language and physical difficulties are being supported by therapists to help them communicate better using their eyes.
Published: 22nd January 2016
Disney characters used as a technique to help children express their feelings.
Published: 21st January 2016
Published: 18th December 2015
A ten year old from Allithwaite near Grange over Sands has won a competition to design the logo of the Children’s Services she uses
Published: 28th September 2015
Cumbria Constabulary has launched a campaign urging young people in Cumbria to ‘say something if they see something’
Published: 28th September 2015
Published: 4th September 2015
Children graduate from cycling class
Published: 26th August 2015
Join Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for our Annual Members Meeting on Wednesday 23rd September
Published: 25th August 2015
Published: 17th July 2015
Staff from the Springboard Child Development Centre in Carlisle have received over £100 worth of gardening items
Published: 23rd June 2015
Published: 21st May 2015
Dementia awareness week - why need we to talk to children about dementia
Published: 13th May 2015
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust responds to the report
Published: 12th May 2015
Looking at mindfullness as a way to help mental wellbeing
Published: 12th May 2015
Prepared by the Samaritans; here are the facts behind some myths about suicide. #MHAW
Published: 23rd April 2015
Since joining the Trust Richard has made a real difference to staff's fire awareness
Published: 21st April 2015
New forum to look at improvements to maternity services
Published: 30th March 2015
A vision to ensure young people in Cumbria have access to all the support they need to promote their emotional wellbeing and mental health
Published: 25th March 2015
Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures update
Published: 11th March 2015
CSE awareness day on Wednesday 18th March with Cumbria Constabulary
Published: 6th March 2015
Published: 24th February 2015
Survey results from staff at Cumbria partnership NHS Foundation Trust are released
Published: 17th November 2014
Published: 21st October 2014
Sarah gives mum some guidance on how to relax and tips on how to get her baby to sleep for longer
Published: 20th October 2014
Sarah Worsell gives mum some guidance on how to relax and tips on how to get her baby to sleep for longer periods.
Published: 20th October 2014
'It was a great opportunity to show others that there is life after diagnosis and that you can still look amazing'
Published: 5th September 2014
Children with additional physical needs given chance to ride bikes.
Published: 29th November 2013
Support for children and families in Cumbria will be boosted in the next few years thanks to newly qualified health visitors.
Published: 30th July 2013
The Cumbria School Games, run by Active Cumbria, uses the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to involve more young people