Childrens physiotherapist (or paediatric physiotherapist)

What is the role of the children’s physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are health care professionals registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Children’s physiotherapists provide specialist assessment and intervention to children and young people who have a range of conditions involving physical and movement difficulties which limit their mobility, function, and/or independence.

They work in a range of locations, including clinics, school and pre-school settings, homes, and respite or voluntary care settings.

Children’s physiotherapists may be employed by NHS, local authority, private or charitable sector providers. 

They work with parents and professionals, aiming to help children and young people to reach their physical potential, to achieve improved independence and quality of life.

Is the role known by different names in children’s services and adult services?

In adult services the role is referred to as physiotherapist.