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Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy (CYPOT)

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Working in partnership with you: supporting children and young people to participate in what they need and want to do.


What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy aims to support people to take part in daily activities (occupations) to improve their health, independence and wellbeing. 


How does an Occupational Therapist work with Children and Young People?

Occupational Therapists work together with children, families, school settings, and other health professionals, to enable children and young people to achieve their potential. This may involve providing support to children and young people for: 

  • developing the skills needed for self-care tasks (e.g. tooth brushing, toileting, washing, dressing, eating). 
  • participating in learning tasks (e.g. writing, using scissors, choosing and organising tools/belongings).
  • positioning and posture to support everyday activities (e.g. having the correct chair or equipment, adjusting the environment).
  • accessing play/leisure resources (e.g. supporting a child with coordination difficultues to learn how to ride a bike or join in PE at school). 
  • upper limb management for children and young people with neurological conditions that affect arm use. 

Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy (CYPOT) is able to work with children and young people in a range of environments. This may involve sessions in a clinic, school/nursery, home, or community environment. CYPOT also runs group-based parent education sessions. These groups are aimed at supporting parents to learn the tools and strategies that will help their child achieve their potential. 



Our service is available to children and young people aged 0-18 with a GP within Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, or Hammersmith & Fulham. 

Children or young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will have their Occupational Therapy provision through the Special Educational Needs Occupational Therapy service


How do you access this service? What is the referral process? 

CYPOT accepts referrals from health and educational professionals and parents. 

Health and educational professionals need to ensure that at least 2 functional difficulties are identified on referrals (e.g. changing for PE at school, using cutlery to eat at lunchtime, or using hands effectively to access and use toys/school tools). 

Download the referral form for professionals (e.g. GP, SENCO, other health professional) here.

Parents may use the parent questionnaire form to make a referral directly to CYPOT. Parents are encouraged to provide as much information as possible, and to speak to their child’s school SENCO (if relevant) about the referral.

Download the referral form for parents by clicking here


Where to send the referral form:

Completed referral forms can be emailed to:

Where your child will be seen

Your child may be seen in one of the below sites, depending on where in the borough your residential address is.

 1. Doughty House, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, SW10 9NH

The nearest tube stations are Earl’s Court or South Kensington

2. The Medical Centre, 7e Woodfield Road, W9 3XZ

The nearest tube stations are Westbourne Park or Royal Oak

Who to contact

Contact Name
Adrienne McGhie (Team Lead)
 0208 102 4008
 0207 266 8606
Children & Young People's Occupational Therapy website

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Age Ranges
0 - 18 years
Referral required
Referral Details

CYPOT accepts referrals from Health and Educational professionals

Local Offer

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Education, Health and Care Plans (or Statements of Special Educational Needs)

In North Kensington and Chelsea, CYPOT is responsible for the Occupational Therapy provision within Education Health and Care Plans. In South Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, this is provided by corresponding Special Educational Needs services (contact details below).


Special Education Occupational Therapy Services (South Kensington and Chelsesa)

Children over 5 years old who live in South Kensington and have OT in 'section F' of their Education Health and Care Plans will be referred on to the appropriate corresponding SEN OT Service.

  • Contact: Deirdre Murphy (
  • Telephone: 020 7361 3000
  • Address: Occupational Therapy Special Educational Needs Service, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton St, W8 7NX
RBKC Local Offer
How do we ensure the quality of this service?

All members of staff are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (link:, adhering to their Standards of Practice.


The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (link: is the professional body for Occupational Therapy, which outlines national standards of practice and specialist interest groups relating to Occupational Therapy and Paediatrics.


The service reports on performance to commissioners through a quarterly report and discussion of the content at quarterly meetings. The service quality is measured against key performance indicators including waiting times, response times to EHCPs, and activity (the number of appointments offered and taken up).


Occupational Therapists collaborate with parents and the child/young person to develop functional goals. These goals will be measured at the beginning and end of any input or intervention, in order to track progress.


CYPOT provides training to parents, carers, and education staff to enable the carry over and use of strategies to support the child and young person across different environments. This is a core part of our service provision, and parents are expected to engage in education and training sessions that are offered.

What to do if you have a complaint?

We welcome any feedback that can be used to help us shape and continually improve the service.


In the first instance it may be useful to speak to your child’s OT or the Occupational Therapy Team Leader regarding any feedback.


If you wish to file a formal complaint, you can contact the CLCH PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Services) on 0800 368 0412 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, or visit the CLCH website for further details.

Can parents and young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?

This can be requested through SEN for commissioners to discuss.

Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
SEN Provision Type
Last Updated 07/04/2020

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