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Children’s Therapy Services (Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy)

The Solent NHS Children’s Therapy Service provides community based Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy to children and young people aged 0-19 years who are registered with a Portsmouth City GP or who attend a Portsmouth school. Children develop in different ways and when they have specific problems with their development, they may need specialist assessment and advice from a Therapist.

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Where does the service take place?

The service is provided in Portsmouth City, within your local community e.g. schools, nurseries, family hubs, clinics, hospitals or your own home.

What service, support or interventions do they offer? 

The Children’s Therapy Service will initially assess your child informally, such as observation, or with formal tests. After assessment and in discussion with you, the therapist will decide the best way to support your child which may include one or more of the following:

  • Therapy activities / advice to support your child in day to day situations. This will be carried out by those people involved in your child’s daily care e.g. preschool staff or teaching assistants
  •  Training and advice for parents/carers and other services involved in your child’s care (health, teachers, social care)
  • Individual therapy with you and your child
  • Therapy in a group
  • Advice regarding possible need for specialist equipment
  • Involvement with educational services and planning for transition e.g. moving up to school.
  • Advice on other relevant services who may be able to help.
  • Referral on to a more appropriate or specialist service

Your child’s progress will be reviewed regularly in partnership with you and others and further recommendations and actions may be made. Therapy may not be required once your child’s needs can be managed and supported effectively by their everyday environment.

Who can access the service and how?

A referral to Speech & Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and / or Occupational Therapy can be made by any healthcare or education professional or by a parent. You will always be asked for your consent before any referral is made. Children suitable for referral are those who have communication, feeding and physical difficulties.  For further details about the therapies and referrals, please visit the website at:

What do you expect children, young people and their families gain from using the service?

Our aim is to improve your child’s quality of life by improving their skills. You will be actively involved in managing your child’s care alongside our qualified therapists. All children will be seen within the national target of 18 weeks and local targets mean it will hopefully be earlier.

What do I do  if I’m not happy with the service?

If you have any comments, queries or wish to make a complaint, please speak to your therapist in the first instance (if you feel able) or to the Portsmouth Better Care Locality Managers:

  • telephone the central office on 023 9268 4921
  • write to Children’s Therapy Services, 2nd Floor, Brunel Wing, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2GJ

Alternatively you may contact the Patient Experience team on 0800 013 2319 or email or write to them at PALS & Complaints Service, Highpoint Venue, Bursledon Road, Southampton, SO19 8BR



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