Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale children's physiotherapy

We provide treatment and support to children and young people with a condition or disability that impacts on their physical functions, such as mobility, muscle strength, range of movement and balance. 

Conditions include:

  • Neurodisabilities e.g. cerebral palsy or a head injury
  • Musculoskeletal or orthopaedic conditions e.g. rehabilitation after a broken bone
  • Developmental delay
  • Neuromuscular conditions e.g. muscular dystrophies

We also provide support to parents and carers.  

We are part of the children's acute and ongoing needs service (CAONS). Click here for more information about the CAONS.

We will work with you until you are 16 years old, or 19 years old if you have special educational needs, or a disability, and are in full time education. 

What do we offer?

We offer:

  • Assessment of your postural, physical and mobility skills
  • Advice and therapy programmes that are carried out with the child or young person by parent(s)/carers and teaching staff
  • Home and school exercise programmes 
  • Postural management
  • Support to improve walking and movement patterns
  • Help for babies to reach their developmental milestones, such as rolling and crawling and walking
  • Specialist equipment to help you to stand, walk and sleep. This includes things like EXAMPLES PLEASE
  • Sign posting and referral to other services such as the eye service, community paediatrics or charitable organisations such as Barnardos
  • Formal reports on your physical mobility as required

We educate and empower those around the child and young person to carry out their physiotherapy programmes and postural management. THIS IS VERY JARGONSITIC - PLEASE MAKE IT MORE PATIENT FRIENDLY

Where do we provide care?

We provide care in the clinics, health centres and other community-based venues across the borough. This includes:

  • Croft Shifa Health Centre, Rochdale
  • Callaghan House, Heywood
  • Nye Bevan Health Centre (joint physiotherapy podiatry clinic)

We work in the following special schools:

  • Springside primary school
  • Newlands primary school
  • Redwood secondary school

The special schools have hydrotherapy pools. Children have access to exercises in water supervised by school staff. The physiotherapy team are able to provide programmes for the school staff to carry out following, for example, a complex surgical procedure to enhance the child’s rehabilitation. I'M NOT SURE THIS LEVEL OF DETAIL IS NEEDED

The physiotherapy team do not routinely offer hydrotherapy to children and young people.  DOES THIS NEED TO BE INCLUDED? IF SO IT NEEDS MORE CONTEXT -

We also provide care in other schools, nurseries and in your own home.

We work in partnership with other professionals and with parents and carers, to make sure your care is joined up.

How to refer


Please click here for details of how to refer.

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Contact Information

Children's Acute and Ongoing Needs Service, Callaghan House
Cross Street
OL10 2DY
01706 676 777
0207 019 7419
Parking Available:

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm<br/><br/>Saturday, 8am to 2pm<br/>

Referral Methods

  • Self referral
  • GP
  • Health professional
  • Social care professional