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Occupational Therapy Service

Update for parents and carers regarding ongoing occupational therapy work

Due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus we have had to make some changes to the way that your Occupational Therapist works with you and your child. 

Your Occupational Therapist will ring you before a visit to ask if you would like to go ahead with it. Please let them know if your child or someone in the family is showing symptoms.

If your child, someone in your family, your Occupational Therapist or a member of their family have any of these symptoms the visit will be postponed.

If you do not want visits at the moment your Occupational Therapist will note this and we will keep in touch with you on a regular basis.  As much as possible, we will continue to work remotely for you and your child. This might be via phone calls, Skype or something similar.  Due to staffing, you may be contacted or seen by a different Occupational Therapist from the team.

We will operate a priority system for working with you and your children, for example a high priority would be where provision of moving and handling equipment in a high risk situation is necessary.

We provide an equipment and adaptation service to disabled children and young people in their own homes. 

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The Occupational Therapy service is available for any disabled child or young person resident in Cornwall age 0-18 years who has a permanent and substantial learning or physical disability and a need to improve their access, independence, and activities of daily living.

We usually assess children and young people who have:

  • A physical disability
  • A learning disability
  • A chronic life-limiting or life-threatening condition
  • Sensory impairment or loss
  • Autism Spectrum Condition
  • Other complex needs

To make sure that disabled children and young people have the right support we will assess individual need and jointly agree the services that need to be put in place.

Services include the arrangement of loan equipment, moving and handling advice for children and carers and arrangement of minor and major adaptations.

The Occupational Therapist can arrange to loan the equipment that your child needs at home via the Cornwall Community Equipment Loan Service.

Major adaptations are funded via the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG).  For some children and young people, the occupational therapist makes a recommendation  to the Home Solutions Team, Cornwall Council, who provide a service for the adaptations process and decide about the eligibility for the DFG.

Find advice on eligibility for Disabled Facilities Grants to adapt a home for someone with a disability.

The service is available throughout Cornwall. Our Occupational Therapists work as a county-wide service and are based within the three area teams of the Disabled Children’s and Therapy Service: West, Mid and East.

Anyone can make a referral for the Occupational Therapy Service if they want an assessment for a disabled child or young person. You can call or make a written referral directly to the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) for Children on 0300 123 1116. The MARU is based at County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.

There can be a high demand for the service so we prioritise referrals according to urgency of need and risk of potential harm. If the Occupational Therapy service is not appropriate to help you we aim to offer other ideas and signpost you to more suitable help. 

All Occupational Therapists have a professional qualification and are registered with their professional body the Health and Care Professions Council.

The Wheelchair Service supports children with specialist wheelchair needs and adults who require with a standard or specialist wheelchair.