Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy Service (C&YPPS)

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The citywide service provides physiotherapy assessment and treatment to children from birth to 18 with neurological, developmental and musculoskeletal conditions (or up to 19 years if the young person attends a Manchester Special School and has a significant learning disability).

The service is delivered by paediatric physiotherapists who are specialist children’s therapists, with training and expertise in the assessment and management of complex neurodevelopmental disability, neuromuscular disorders and childhood musculoskeletal conditions. The team works closely with colleagues in health, education and social care to provide holistic, child and family centred care.


North Team: Children & Young People’s Therapy Centre, 48 Blackwin Street, Gorton, Manchester M12 5JY

South Team: Baguley Clinic, Hall Lane, Manchester M23 1NA

Musculo-skeletal (MSK) Team (Citywide): Based with North Team



Core Hours: Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 4.30pm

Contact Details:

  • North and MSK Teams: Tel: 0161 230 0301 Fax: 0161 223 3328
  • South Team: Tel: 0161 445 1259 Fax: 0161 448 2493


Head of Service – Janet Hunter
North Team Leader – Daryl Wagstaff
South Team Leaders – Vicki North
MSK Team Leader – Sue Cheyne


The Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy Team specialise in treating children and young people 0-18 years (19 in Specialist Support Schools) with developmental difficulties or physical disability.

The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Service is a clinic based service treating children & young people aged 0-18 years with acute or developmental musculoskeletal conditions. Treatment is available at a number of clinics across Manchester.


Referrals can be received for children and young people aged between 0-18 and who have a Manchester GP.

We accept referrals from health professionals and RHOSEY outreach team.

Musculoskeletal referrals should be sent to the Gorton address.

All other referrals should be sent to the relevant base:

North of the city to Gorton Therapy Centre

South of the city to Baguley Clinic.

Additional Information:

Who are we and who do we see?
The Children’s and Young People’s Physiotherapy Service specialise in working with children and young people aged 0-18 years (or up to 19 years if a child has a learning disability) who have a physical disability, delayed development of movement or a musculo-skeletal condition and a  Manchester GP. We work in partnership with families, carers, education, medical and health colleagues to ensure your child receives high quality care.

Where are we based?
The Children’s and Young People’s Physiotherapy Service is a citywide service. We have 2 bases, one in the North of the city and one in the South.

How do children and young people access the service?
We receive written referrals from GP’s, hospital and community doctors, Health Visitors and the Pre-school Special Needs Service. Your child’s referral will be prioritised according to clinical need and their name placed on our waiting list.

What happens at your first appointment?
An initial assessment of your child’s general development and physical ability is carried out. Following this the physiotherapist will discuss their findings with you and determine if physiotherapy input is required. If physiotherapy is required we will work with you to develop a treatment plan suitable for your child’s needs.

What might treatment involve?

Following assessment,  the main part of most children’s treatment will involve the physiotherapist developing treatment plans then training parents, nursery and education staff to implement these at home or in school.  Progress is monitored and the treatment programme updated as necessary.  The physiotherapist will arrange with you when they need to review your child and where the review will take place.  For younger children, treatment is delivered through play activities wherever possible.  The team works closely with colleagues in health, education and social care to provide holistic, child and family centred care.

In addition some children may need:

  • Positioning programmes
  • Assessment for specialist physiotherapy equipment
  • Referrals for assessment by other services for specialist equipment e.g. wheelchairs or orthotics
  • Referral to other services

Who else may be involved?
Sometimes we see children jointly with other services involved in their care e.g. community paediatricians, Pre-school Special Needs Service, occupational therapists or speech and language therapists. Physiotherapy students may be involved after requesting your consent.

What happens if I cannot keep an appointment?

  • If you cannot keep an appointment please let your physiotherapist know as soon as possible so that the appointment slot may be offered to another child and a new appointment can be arranged for your child.
  • If you fail to attend without notification then your child may be discharged from the service. A letter will be sent to inform the person who originally referred your child to physiotherapy and the person who is responsible for maintaining your child’s heath record (usually either the health visitor or school nurse).
  • If a home visit has been arranged and you are not at home when the physiotherapist calls, a new appointment will be arranged. If you are not home for the second appointment your child may be discharged from the service.
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Awards / Recognitions:

  • Gold Quality Award for Governance Label 2009 and 2010
  • Research from this department has led to a commercially produced tool for the measurement of range of hip movement, which is demonstrably more accurate than the standard measurement technique