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Acceptance Criteria and Triage Process

Our acceptance criteria is as follows:

  • The child or young person must be registered with a Coventry GP. If the child or young person attends a specialist school within Coventry but their GP is out of area then they may still be seen if input in a school setting is deemed necessary, following consultation with the local team/ GP.
  • NB- A child or young person who is registered with a Coventry GP who lives and/or attends school outside the city boundaries will be offered treatment in our clinic setting only.
  • The child or young person must be between 0 and 18 (or 19 if attending a special school).
  • The child or young person must have a physical need that physiotherapy can help with. This is including (but not restricted to):
    • a neurological impairment, such as Cerebral Palsy or acquired brain injury.
    • a neuro-muscular condition, such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
    • post surgical intervention.
    • a diagnosed syndrome, such as Down’s Syndrome, where developmental delay is beyond expected norms.
    • Plagiocephaly and Torticollis.
    • Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy (OBPP).
    • babies born before 30 weeks gestation or babies with significant birth history/ trauma.
    • developmental delay (with no specific diagnosis) which is impacting on gross motor development, such as late walking.
    • gait abnormalities, including symptomatic intoe-ing and toe walking where the child or young person cannot get their heels to the floor.
    • musculoskeletal impairments including pain, loss of joint range, symptomatic hypermobility, inflammatory and rheumatological/arthritic disorders.
    • respiratory conditions excluding asthma and Cystic Fibrosis.

Referrals are triaged twice a week by Clinical Leads and prioritised according to the reason for referral.

We aim to see all Priority 1 referrals within 2 weeks of receiving the referral, Priority 2 referrals within 6 weeks and Priority 3 within 18 weeks.

If the nature of the condition or the child/ young person’s presentation changes whilst they are waiting to be seen, please contact us to discuss as the referral priority may need to be changed.