within Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GG&C)

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What is Physiotherapy?

Children’s (Paediatric) physiotherapy is the treatment and care of babies, children and young people from birth to 18 years or school leaving age. We use our specialist skills, expert knowledge and experience of childhood development, illness and disabilities to help and support children/young people to optimise their physical potential and/or recover from injury or illness. 

All NHS Physiotherapists are registered with Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

What do Paediatric Physiotherapists do?

Paediatric Physiotherapists will listen to what matters to you.  We will discuss your concerns and identify if and how Physiotherapy can help.  We may work in collaboration with others to support your health and wellbeing and aim to work in the most appropriate environment for you.  This may include Child Centres, out-patient clinics, hospitals, homes, nurseries, schools or local leisure centres.

Paediatric Physiotherapists can help with a wide range of conditions, motor development and acute illness and injury. Below are some examples:

  • Neurological conditions e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Head Injury
  • Congenital Conditions and Syndromes e.g. Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome
  • Neuromuscular disorders e.g. Muscular Dystrophy
  • Respiratory conditions e.g. Cystic Fibrosis
  • Rheumatological Conditions e.g. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Developmental delay
  • Conditions where mobility is affected
  • Coordination problems
  • Neonatal care
  • Acute injuries e.g. following trauma
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • After surgery rehabilitation
  • Burns and plastics

Who else is in the Physiotherapy Team?

Physiotherapy Clinical Support Workers are an essential part of the Physiotherapy Service delivering interventions to children, young people and their families under the direction of a qualified Physiotherapist.

With your consent a Physiotherapy student may also be involved in your care under the supervision of your Physiotherapist.

Your Physiotherapist will retain overall responsibility for your care.

The Role of the Community Physiotherapy Support Worker

The Physiotherapy Clinical Support Workers are part of the Physiotherapy Service delivering intervention to children, young people and their families under the direction of a qualified Physiotherapist.
The Physiotherapist will agree a therapy plan with you and the Support Worker will work with your child/young person in the most appropriate setting to carry out this plan.
The Support Worker will feedback regularly to the Physiotherapist on the progress of the therapy plan. The Physiotherapist will retain overall responsibility of care for the child and young person.

Physiotherapy Teams within Greater Glasgow & Clyde (GG&C)

  • Acorn Centre

Child Health Corridor

3rd Floor, Maternity Building

Vale of Leven Hospital

Main Street


G83 0UA

Telephone Number: 01389 817 306

  • West Centre

60 Kinfauns Drive


G15 7TS

Telephone Number: 0141 207 7100


  • Woodside Health & Care Centre

891 Garscube Road


G20 7ER

Telephone Number: 0141 201 5665



  • Bridgeton Child Centre

201 Abercromby Street


G40 2DA

Telephone Number: 0141 531 6550

  • Gorbals Health & Care Centre

2 Sandiefield Road


G5 9AB

Telephone number: 0141 201 5196

Aranthrue Centre

103 Paisley Road



Telephone Number: 0141 314 8995

  • Skylark Centre

L North

Inverclyde Royal Hospital


PA16 0XN

Telephone 01475 505 198

  • Royal Hospital for Children (RHC)

Acute Paediatric Physiotherapy Services

Clinic 12

1345 Govan Road


G51 4TF

Telephone 0141 452 4650

Physiotherapy at Home

An essential part of helping children and young people to meet their wellbeing needs are the activities carried out at home with parents, other family members and carers. The following information aims to support the advice that has already been given to you by your physiotherapist. Your physiotherapist can work with you to help you get the most out of any of these activities, so please contact them if you have any questions, or are just a bit unsure. 

The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)

The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP) have a number of leaflets for Parents 


Renfrewshire Therapy Advice and Support Line

If you are a parent or carer living in Renfrewshire and have queries or concerns regarding your child's communication or movement, a new Renfrewshire Therapy Advice and Support Helpline will be launched on 3rd August 2020. The joint helpline is ran by Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists.