Children's Physiotherapy, St Margaret's Hospital, The Plain, Epping, Essex CM16 6TN 01279 827 440

Welcome to West Essex Children’s Physiotherapy Service at St Margaret’s Hospital

Our service offers a child and family centred approach to children and young people who are registered with a GP in West Essex and who have a physical disability or condition that impacts on their development and their functional daily activities at home or in school.

More about us

Children’s Physiotherapy is a specialist team providing services to children and young people to promote health and preserve and improve the best possible functional level of the child or young person.

Children’s Physiotherapists have an understanding of:

  • child development
  • childhood diseases and conditions that may impact on physical development and well being
  • therapeutic interventions that enable and optimise development and well being
  • the need to place the child at the centre of planning
  • the impact that having a sick or disabled child has on family life.

The Children’s Physiotherapy Service is staffed by qualified Physiotherapists who are supported by Assistants and Administrative and Clerical workers.

All Physiotherapists are registered with the national regulatory body, Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) which maintains an on line register of all Physiotherapists meeting the required standards.

Download Physio Referral Form here (pdf 0.15mb)

Please type in your starting point in the box below to give you directions to the service location.

Who is eligible for this service

  • Children and young people registered with a GP in West Essex
  • Referrals can be made by any NHS health care professional

Making a referral

Your child will need a medical referral from an NHS Health Care Professional to access this service, for example a Paediatrician, Health Visitor, Children’s Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language therapist or GP. Our referral form can be found on the link below and once completed should be sent to:

(including those with a GP in Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth)

Single Point of Contact
The Child Development Centre
Florence Nightingale House
Church Langley
CM17 9TG
Tel: 01279 808230
Fax: 01279 808299

Physio Referral Form

How the service is provided

Children’s Physiotherapists provide a range of assessments, treatment, advice and support to children and young people.

They are part of the multidisciplinary team focussing on the needs of the child or young person and their family and they do this by working across a variety of settings with other professionals from Health, Education, Social Care and the Voluntary Sector.

Whilst Physiotherapists are mainly based within community clinics or Child Development Centres there are times when they may visit children and young people in their  schools or homes if necessary.

We offer specialised assessments and various treatment approaches according to the identified needs of the child or young person including:

  • advice regarding positioning, postural management, splinting and specialist equipment
  • advice regarding specialist Children’s Orthotics.
  • individual home and/or school Physiotherapy programmes.
  • the Bobath approach which is used for children with neurological conditions. (a treatment method for children with Cerebral Palsy)
  • advice and support for home and school regarding mobility and access issues

This service supports children and young people with recognised difficulties and/or impairments including those with specific conditions such as:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

As well as other difficulties including gait anomalies, developmental delay and motor coordination difficulties.

Your child’s records

Any information held about your child is kept securely in a file or on electronic information systems. We use the information to:

  • Record important health and social care information
  • Help professionals to care for your child
  • Provide appropriate support and care to children, young people and families
  • Develop and improve services and measure how well we are doing

We will only share information about a child/young person with your consent unless required by law or the data is anonymised. However in some circumstances, when we feel that your child or others are at risk, we may share information without consent. More information on how we use health records.

Non-English speakers and other formats

We provide all our leaflets in other languages and formats. Please let us know if you would like a different format or language.

Our commitment to your child

Virgin Care takes your dignity and privacy very seriously and we will at all times respect your confidentiality. Please treat our staff with respect so we can provide you with the very best care we can. Click here to find out more about your rights and responsibilities.

Your opinion really matters to us

Please let us know if you have a comment, a compliment or a complaint by filling out one of our feedback forms or telling a member of the team. Alternatively, if you would like to make an official complaint you can find out more from our How to make a complaint section.

Websites – a UK based charity for people with hemiplegia and their families. – a UK based charity supporting children, families and adults with dyspraxia. – a UK disability organisation whose focus is on people with cerebral palsy. – a UK based charity focussing on all muscle diseases. – for children with arthritis. – a UK charity for families with disabled children. – The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The professional body for chartered Physiotherapists. – The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists.  A clinical interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. – Health Professions Council. Regulatory body for Physiotherapists.

Have you heard of the Local Offer?  If you are a young person with, or have a child with special educational needs and disabilities, (SEND) the Local Offer is Hertfordshire’s central source of information for SEND services and support. Visit for an easily accessible one stop shop.

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I was treated with great care and understanding. The care I received was second to none; everyone was so lovely.

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