Occupational Therapy

0121 333 9490

Occupational therapy (OT) looks at  everyday activities - such as getting dressed, having a bath, playing, cooking or doing school work - where children and young people may experience difficulties for various reasons, including accident, illness, developmental delay or mental health issues.

These activities are vital for maintaining health and wellbeing and help structure the day, develop skills, provide enjoyment and make us feel good about ourselves. They also enable children to be included in activities with others and to participate in their community.

OT gives children and young people the opportunity to develop or relearn any skill, increase independence and enable fuller participation in activities. We do this through assessment and various interventions such as exercise therapy, building confidence, providing equipment, hand splints or adapting the environment.

We have close links to other specialist centres and our OT colleagues in the community. We also take OT students from universities both in the UK and overseas.

Our team covers a range of specialties including CAMHS, acute and long-term physical care:

  1. Acute Care: orthopaedics, neuro-rehabilitation, neurosurgery, long term ventilation-complex care and other general acute needs. We also offer outpatient support for epilepsy service and Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy pre/post surgery.
  2. Burns and Plastics: providing inpatient care and outpatient scar management.
  3. Cancer: oncology, haematology and some stem cell transplant patients. Supporting children with cancer post surgery or drug therapy from their hospital stay to return home.  
  4. Epidermolysis Bullosa (E.B): assessment and review in the weekly clinic for these children with this rare skin disease.
  5. Hand & Upper Limb Service: including hand trauma, congenital hand difference and spasticity management. 
  6. Osteogenesis Imperfecta: or brittle bones.
  7. Rheumatology: support to children and young with juvenile chronic arthritis, non-inflammatory conditions and those with living with chronic pain. 
  8. Community Mental Health (CAMHS): intervention for children and young people experiencing conditions such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and psychosis.
  9. Parkview CAMHS: working with young people with mental health conditions that need inpatient care.

Contact details

You can contact the Occupational Therapy team at Birmingham Children's Hospital on 0121 333 9490, Community CAMHS on 0121 0121 255 0110, Parkview CAMHS on 0121 333 9955.

Service hours

Monday - Friday 08:30 - 16:30

No weekend service

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