What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.
Physiotherapy at HLSC
As part of the school’s pupil support team, the physiotherapist works alongside other members of the therapy team, as well as teaching and care staff, to promote the physical development and well-being of pupils and to ensure their optimal participation and engagement with their learning. They work in partnership with the parents of pupils in school, and will provide advice, support and information as requested.
Physiotherapy is carried out through thorough individual assessment, advice and specific structured programmes of exercise and activity. It may be delivered in groups, or individually; and jointly with the Occupational Therapist and/or PE teacher according to the individual needs of the pupil. The physiotherapist will also assess and advise with regard to the provision, maintenance and use of any equipment and orthotics that may be required.
The physiotherapist also liaises with external professionals or teams where required, for example with local and tertiary NHS services, and will contribute to EHCPs and annual reviews where appropriate.
Although the physiotherapist works primarily with pupils with specific identified physical needs, they are also available to assess and advise regarding any pupil with sustained musculoskeletal injuries or physical issues arising.
The physiotherapist is registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).