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The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Department (Ryegate Children's Centre)


The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Department is based in the Therapy Block at Ryegate Children's Centre.

A range of other services are also provided at the site including multidisciplinary assessment and management of children with special needs.The centre can offer information and advice to parents / carers of children who attend the Ryegate Centre about ADHD, Autism and other disabilities.

The Centre includes a respite facility for children with complex medical needs and also an Assessment Centre, from which the child development, neurology and neurodisability outpatients are delivered, and multi-disciplinary assessments undertaken. 

The Resource Centre houses the dual diagnosis team for sheffield outreach, the Gait laboratory, and is also used for parents groups, playgroups etc for children with special needs.

Families can also access The Child Disability Register (CDR) which is a service for children and young people with disabilities and their families in Sheffield.

Who to contact

0114 271 7651

Where to go

Ryegate Children's Centre
The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Department
Tapton Crescent Road
South Yorkshire
S10 5DD
  • No transport is provided to and from Ryegate for physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy appointments but a taxi can be arranged for families who meet the Trust criteria. 
  • There are patient parking spaces on site and bus stops operating services to and from the city centre within a few hundred metres of the entrance.

When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Open Monday to Friday from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Time of day
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access details
fully wheelchair accessible
Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities experience
No diagnosis yet
Medical Needs or long term illness
Down's Syndrome
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Multi-Sensory Impairment
Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
Severe Learning Difficulty
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Cerebral Palsy
Physical Disability/Mobility Issues

Other Details


There is no charge for this NHS service.
Referral required
Referral Details
  • Initial referrals are accepted from GPs, Community Paediatricians, Health visitors, School nurses, Early Years Inclusion Team and other health professionals. 
  • Once a child has been seen by a physiotherapist or occupational therapist, a parent or school can make a re-referral if new issues arise which we can help with. 
  • All of our teams have a waiting list for an initial appointment; this can vary from a few weeks to many months. 
  • Home educators can access this service through the child’s GP or community paediatrician.
Age Range
0 years to 16 years
  • Parking
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Arrangements to provide additional therapy, over and above what is provided by the NHS, may be possible if deemed appropriate via a personal budget or private funds.
  • The Therapy Block at Ryegate provides a child-friendly environment, designed for children with disabilities. The waits for appointments are not long, and there are activities to keep children occupied in our waiting area if you arrive early for your appointment.
  • If a child or young person is under the care of a physiotherapist or occupational therapist at Ryegate, the family should contact them directly to discuss their child’s care. All of our therapists and therapy assistants can be contacted via our reception on 0114 2717610.
  • The child/young person’s GP, paediatrician, health visitor or school nurse may be able to help families decide whether or not they would benefit from our service. Alternatively, parents/carers can contact the service directly on the above numbers.

Local Offer

  • Paediatric Physiotherapy is the diagnosis, treatment and management of children in relation to their physical function, ability and wellbeing.
  • The Physiotherapist uses a range of skills and techniques to educate, support, exercise and manipulate recovery from injury or disease and rehabilitate or improve normal development and functional ability.
  • Paediatric Occupational Therapy is the diagnosis, treatment and management of children in relation to their occupations i.e. the things that children need to be able to do to live their lives. 
  • Children's occupational roles include being part of the family, playing and leisure activities, self-care, making friends and achieving in school, all of which contribute to their sense of identity and wellbeing.
  • To support development of these different childhood occupations the Occupational Therapist uses skills, resources and techniques that address the physical, cognitive, psychological and social needs of the child and family.
  • The benefits of physiotherapy and occupational therapy are many and varied depending on the presenting condition and the response to treatment. Ultimately our aim is to benefit the child through reducing the effects of their impairment and increasing both their levels of activity and participation in the family and community.
  • The activities associated with physiotherapy and occupational therapy again are many and varied depending on the presenting condition and the response to treatment and may include anything from developing hand writing skills, learning to ride a bike, dressing skills to hydrotherapy.
Contact Name
Jenny Featherstone
Contact Telephone
0114 2717610
Contact Email
Ryegate Physiotherapy adn Occupational Therapy Department website
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
SEN Provision Type

General Extended Local Offer Response

Eligibility criteria for your service and any priority groups 
  • Children and young people with physical disabilities, motor coordination difficulties and sensory needs, from 0-16 years who have a Sheffield GP are eligible to access the service. 
  • Priority is given on a case by case basis, usually where there is an issue around the child’s safety. 
  • Referrals are screened by qualified therapists to ensure the difficulties identified are consistent with our provision. 
  • The level of intervention is determined and agreed with the family after thorough assessment and not is not a pre determined package.
Do you operate a waiting list? 
Staffing arrangements details 
  • More than 45 members of staff work in the Therapy Block at Ryegate. These include qualified physiotherapists and occupational therapists, therapy assistants, technicians and administrative staff.
  • Our staff are experienced in communicating with children and young people with special education needs and disabilities. 
  • For children and families for whom English is not their first language, an interpreter service is available. 
  • Staffing levels are not varied according to need other than requesting additional resources through a business case or capacity plan when demand for our services increases.
Staff training to support children/young people with SEND 

Our qualified staff are paediatric specialists, the majority of whom have been working with children and young people with SEND for many years. Our support staff are all aware of the needs of the young people attending the department, and many have completed courses in disability awareness, deaf awareness, Makaton and other specific courses related to SEND.

How do you communicate with your service users? 
Parent training
Directly with parents/carers
Progress updates provided
Communicating with service users details 
  • We communicate through a range of means including face to face contact, letter, telephone and through our website. 
  • We provide interpreters where needed for families for whom English is not their first language. 
  • The child’s first appointment with a therapist will almost always be at Ryegate and we expect the parents / guardian to attend. Following this, the therapist/therapy assistant may work with the child/young person in nursery/school. Where this is the case, they will usually communicate with parents/carers by telephone, letter or through a report sent to them about their child. 
  • We offer training to parents through our parent workshops and in one to one sessions with the child and their therapist. We hope to enable and empower parents/carers to work confidently with their children at home on their therapy goals.

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