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The Children’s Occupational Therapy Team


The Children’s Occupational Therapy Team is a community based service and aims to promote independence and inclusion at home, nursery, school, or short breaks settings. The Occupational Therapists (OT) work with children and young people up to the age of 18 years who live in Liverpool.

Our role within Millstead school involves assessment for specialist equipment to support with 24 hour postural care and to enable children to access the curriculum using specialist seating or toileting equipment. We also assess children’s abilities to participate in activities of daily living such as feeding, dressing and play skills.

The Children’s Occupational Therapy Team are part of the multi-disciplinary CAAT team (Communication, Augmentative and Assistive Technology Team). This means that we may be invited to a child’s assessment for communication aids in school.

The OTs also have regular contact with Millstead school’s MOVE programme; we contribute to setting MOVE targets and attending MOVE events.

Your child’s Occupational Therapist will attend multidisciplinary meetings in school if required. If your child has an Occupational Therapist they will provide advice towards your child’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) if this is requested.

Requests for assessments for equipment and adaptations can be made by a child’s parents by calling Careline on 0151 233 3700.

For assessments of motor skills for activities of daily living professionals should complete the Request for Occupational Therapy form and forward to Careline.

More information can be found on the local offer:


The Community Matrons

Children's Community Matrons deliver flexible and responsive care and support to the most vulnerable children with complex

life threatening conditions to enable them to remain within their home or school environment.

The caseload is comprised currently of 63 children and young people aged 0-25 registered with a Liverpool GP.


The specialist service provides clinical assessment, diagnostics and prescribing to reduce hospital attendance and admissions

and strives to promote early discharges and reduced lengths of stay. This involves visiting the child at home, school or hospice

to assess and reassess their clinical condition whilst offering clinical advice and support for other professionals caring for the child.


Integrated working with the wider MDT (multi-disciplinary team) including SHP (school health practitioners) in special

schools, disabled social work team, community paediatricians, community respiratory physios, and hospice staff is vital to ensure

a seamless trajectory of care. This is crucial with advanced care planning and supporting families through to end of life in

partnership with the palliative care team.


The CCM have an excellent working relationship with Millstead school and visit on a regular basis to clinically review children,

attend child specific meetings and support the school staff


You can contact the service on 07789 756202 for Jan and 07796 611690 for Caroline


The Physiotherapy Team


Who Are We?

We are a team of Physiotherapists and therapy assistants working at the school and are employed by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Working with us we have Joshua Birch (Highly Specialist Physiotherapist), Lee Evans (Specialist Physiotherapist), Laura Barrett (Physiotherapy Assistant) and Alisa Mercer (Physiotherapy Assistant).

What Do We Do?

We specialise in treating primary aged children who have difficulties due to either an underlying neurological cause or associated with global developmental delay. This may be in the school or home environment.

Our service is dedicated to ensuring parents are involved in their child’s treatment. We encourage parents / guardians to feel free to contact us to discuss any matters arising with their child’s care.

The Team Around the Child

Here at the Millstead we understand how important it is to work closely with the team that works around the child. We work with a variety of different professionals including parents, acute physiotherapists, occupational therapists, medical team, wheelchair services, orthotics services, classroom staff, school nurses and community paediatricians. We strive to work together to enable the best possible care for the child.

How To Contact Us

We are available at the school daily and are available for contact by telephone or by email between the hours of 8.30am – 4.30pm:

Telephone – 0151 2074656 (Extension 2)


For more information on our service please see our website.


Speech & Language Therapy (SALT)

Speech & Language Therapists from Alder Hey Community Services work closely with Millstead School, providing specialist support and advice. This ensures that the staff in school have the appropriate knowledge and skills to support the child’s communication on a daily basis.


Initially each child’s needs are identified and supported by the specialist teaching in the school. Teaching staff work with families to monitor each child’s progress and if concerns are identified then a referral can be made for advice from the NHS Speech and Language Therapy service.


The NHS Speech and Language team can also provide specialist dysphagia (eating and drinking) assessment, intervention and support.


If you have any concerns regarding your child’s communication and / or eating and drinking skills you are able to contact the SLT department to discuss with the Duty Therapist on 0151 295 3990.