within Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GG&C)

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What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that promotes the health and wellbeing of all.  Children’s (Paediatric) physiotherapy is the treatment and care of babies, children and young people from birth to 18 years or school leaving age. Paediatric physiotherapists use their specialist skills and have expert knowledge and experience of child development and of childhood illness and disabilities.  We help your child or young person to reach their full potential and/or recover from injury or illness. 

What do Paediatric Physiotherapists do?

Paediatric physiotherapists work in partnership with children, young people, families, schools and other health professionals to help children and young people to maximise their physical abilities, health and wellbeing. This may mean working with you in Child Centres, out-patient clinics, hospital, at home, at nursery, at school or local leisure centres.
Paediatric Physiotherapists will listen to what matters to you and your child. We will work with you and your family to help you achieve your goals and join together with other agencies to support the health and wellbeing of the child/young person and their family and/or providing an assessment of the child/young person’s needs. Following this we will work with you to offer advice or develop a care plan to meet the needs of the child/young person.

Paediatric Physiotherapists can help with a wide range of conditions, motor development and acute illness and injury. Below is a list of reasons you might see a physiotherapist:

  • 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

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

Postural Care

If you know someone who finds it difficult to move their own body, postural care can help with their health and well being.

Implementing postural care can maintain or improve body shape and physical ability. This can be achieved by having skilled and supported Carers able to use good symmetrical and supported positioning techniques and appropriate equipment.

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