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Children’s Physiotherapy Service @ Hackney Ark

Children’s Physiotherapy Service,
Hackney Ark,
Downs Park Road,
E8 2FP
Telephone: 020 7014 7025
Website: Children's Physiotherapy Service


Coronavirus Team update

Teams are following government guidance and working remotely from home. Hackney Ark is only to be accessed when there is a specific clinical need.  The service administrator Sharon can be contacted Monday – Friday: 02070147025.

Individual therapists already involved in support for individuals are contactable directly via email or work mobiles found in their e-mail signatures.

Both the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy teams are still accepting new referrals which are being screened as usual. Referral forms (available in the download section of this page)  should be forwarded directly to the relevant team on one of these e-mails:

Both teams continue to complete screening phone or video calls for all patients who would normally be accepted for new referrals, including EHCP assessments with a timely turnaround. 

Teams have been supporting existing our caseloads on a priority basis according to risk, completing screening calls to identify need and agree appropriate action. Recent contact updates for partners in health services are available as usual via RIO. Interventions are being offered via video call where possible and appropriate. 

The teams are also exploring providing intervention to wider groups of children and families electronically and have recorded our Sensory Workshop for families and can offer this to as an ‘Electronic Version’.

The Children’s Occupational Therapy Service continue to offer home safety assessments for children who meet this criteria. These are  via video or phone calls. Please detail specific risks reported by parents when making the referral.

The Occupational Therapy team's - Equipment information sheet includes details of providers who sell equipment for use at home.

Physiotherapy drop-in consultation slots will replace the drop in session for the time being. These begin again on 11th May via phone or video.  Physiotherapy information flyer - consultation slots, dates and times information for parents-carers.

Who we are:

The Children’s Physiotherapy Service assess and treat children who have difficulties with mobility and gross motor tasks like sitting, standing and walking due to disability or developmental delay. The service can carry out assessments and provision of equipment where appropriate.

What we do:

In addition to assessments and equipment the service:

  • provides physiotherapy staff to the Hackney Short Breaks team
  • runs regular Tummy Time sessions in various Children's Centres in Hackney 
  • offers drop in clinics twice a month where anyone can bring their child without needing a referral for a 15 minute 1:1 session with a physiotherapist.

Children’s Physiotherapy Service - Drop in clinic at Hackney Ark (020 7014 7025)

6 weekly drop-in clinics at Lubavitch Children's Centre (020 8809 9050)

Teaching packages offered by the service

The Children’s Physiotherapy Service offers specialist teaching packages on:

  • moving and handling
  • inclusion of the disabled child in PE
  • swimming with children with disabilities
  • risk assessment skills.

These teaching packages can be purchased by schools, Children’s Centre’s and other settings. To find out more please contact the service administrator.

Record Last Updated on: 07/05/2020

Time / Date Details

Time of day


Session Information

Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Drop in clinic 2nd week of the month Thursday 1.30 - 4pm

Other Details



Referral required?


Referral Details

Eligibility Criteria:

  • aged 0 –18 (or 19 if still in a Hackney special school)
  • attending school in City or Hackney with a Hackney GP
  • residing in City or Hackney with a Hackney GP
  • been admitted to Homerton Hospital neonatal intensive care unit
  • congenital or acquired neurological condition leading to reduced gross motor ability and decreased functional ability.
  • genetic or muscular or auto immune condition affecting their gross motor function.
  • problem with balance and higher level gross motor skills affecting function or age.
  • gross motor delay leading to difficulty meeting early developmental milestones e.g. gaining head control, sitting or rolling which may be due to premature birth or physical difficulties.
  • traumatic or acquired injury requiring community rehabilitation
  • Down’s syndrome and is not sitting at 1 year, not standing at 2 years or not walking at 3 years (due to expected delay in developmental milestones).
  • Children with complex MSK/rheumatoid/arthritic conditions that require community input and cannot be seen as an outpatient.
  • progressive disorder that will affect motor function and requires monitoring over time
  • palliative care diagnosis that will necessitate physical management equipment.


Referrals are accepted from parents/carers, health care professionals or educational professionals providing parents/carers consent.

What to do if you have a complaint

Complaints can be made to a clinician or manager in the service or alternatively through the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). The service can be contacted on 020 8510 7315 or


How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 56, 67, 76, 149, 243, 276                                                              

Train: Dalston Kingsland, Hackney Downs                                                    

Parking: Limited parking for patients

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Disclaimer-important information about the Hackney Local Offer

Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

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