Children and young people's occupational therapy service
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

We are a team of highly committed qualified Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapy Technical Instructors (OTTIs) with a wide range of expertise in child development across the 0-19 year age group. Our proficient administrators support the team to run smoothly and efficiently.

What do we do?

Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with children and young people, their families, and health, education and social care colleagues, to help individuals get the most from their lives and achieve their potential. We work with children and young people who have ‘functional difficulties’ or a physical and/or learning disability which impacts upon their daily participation in activities. Meaning their ability to learn and develop, socialise and play may be compromised.

A 'functional difficulty' may include but is not limited to:

  • Learning to explore the world
  • Participating in nursery or school
  • Being able to feed independently
  • Being able to dress independently
  • Accessing suitable toileting/bathing facilities
  • Being able to play with toys and games

How do we do this?

We aim to empower and train parents and staff to identify and help children and young people with their functional difficulties. We offer training courses to parents through our parent talks held throughout the year. Schools are able to access training and advice through training courses offered as well as the OT School Advice Clinics, which are available to all mainstream schools within Buckinghamshire. Our resource packs are freely available from this website to help identify functional difficulties and begin working with children and young people to address these.

Those who require an assessment by a therapist will be seen in the most appropriate setting for their needs. This may be at home, in school or within a clinic. The therapist will then decide on the best course of action which may be support through advice and training to parents and schools, or direct treatment through group or individual sessions.

Our service ethos

Our service focuses on delivering needs led care, supporting individuals and their families to achieve their functional goals.

When OT support is required, this should be an integral part of the child or young person’s life. This is achieved by working in partnership with families and all those involved in their care to put in place advice, practical strategies, activity programmes or assistive equipment to address their identified needs.

Your attendance at appointments is an essential part of our OT intervention. If circumstances change and you are no longer able to attend an appointment please inform the OT department prior to the date. If you fail to attend two appointments without prior notice, then your child will be discharged from the service. This is so we can make best use of our resources for the children and young people who are waiting to access the service.

Our website includes a range of advice and suggestions which aim to support you. In sharing this information we expect that you will work with your child to achieve their goals. If you require any further assistance with this information please feel free to contact us.

Where do we work?

We work across the whole of Buckinghamshire and are based in three locations (or clusters), in Aylesbury, Amersham and High Wycombe. The clusters deliver a consistent service across the whole county including training to schools and parents, the running of treatment groups as well as individual intervention. We see children and young people in the most appropriate setting for their individual needs; this may be within their own homes or education settings as well as in clinic.

How can you access our service?

We have an open referral system which means that anyone who knows or works with a child or young person can refer. This includes parents, carers, teachers, other health professionals, consultants, GP's etc. We do ask that if a professional is referring on behalf of a parent, they obtain consent from the parent or guardian before the referral is sent to us. We cannot accept referrals where we do not have informed consent.

Our referral form will ask you to document the child or young person’s specific functional difficulties in order for us to prioritise their need. This then forms the basis of the assessment process and allows the occupational therapist to have clear information on what needs to be assessed. Without this information we are unable to process the referral and it will be returned to you for further details.

Please click on the link below to access our referral form, for you to print off and either post or email. Please send to the nearest Office address, if you are unsure, see our Contact us page.

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