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Paediatric Physiotherapy Services

Children's Services (Paediatrics)

About the service:

Our service is divided into different teams to support multiple specialities across the Trust both out-patient & in-patient.

Our mission is to maximise the functional, social and educational potential of all children referred to our service through the provision of individualised, holistic Physiotherapy care that places the child and family at the centre.

Specialist respiratory physiotherapists work alongside the respiratory doctors and other members of the respiratory team. We are present in the cystic fibrosis (CF) clinics, difficult asthma, complex chest and lung defence clinics.

We also run our own respiratory physiotherapy clinic once a week for children who have problems with breathing.

The in-patient physiotherapy team provide respiratory care & rehabilitation to children across wards C2, D2, C3, F3 & PICU. The medical team will refer your child for assessment or treatment if this is required

The out patient paediatric MSK team provide physiotherapy for musculoskeletal and orthopaedic problems in children. This includes bony or muscular injuries, conditions and abnormalities.

The Paediatric Rheumatology Physiotherapy Team provide specialist inpatient and outpatient care for children with an inflammatory/rheumatology condition such as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

Information for patients

Respiratory Physiotherapy focuses on maintaining and improving lung health by means of airway clearance, correction of breathing patterns and physical exercise for overall fitness and improving posture.

We will assess your child on all these aspects so it is useful to attend the appointment in sport's shoes, a T-shirt and shorts/trousers and please bring a bottle of water.

Referral information

Referrals to the Paediatric Respiratory Physiotherapy clinic are strictly via the Respiratory Consultant.

Referrals to the Paediatric MSK Physiotherapy Service are made via you'r GP on the electronic referral system or via Consultants at Addenbrooke's.


Video 1 - Dysfunctional breathing
Video 2 - Effective ACBT
Video 3 - Proper Posture
Video 4 - Effective OPEP
Video 5 - Nasal Rinsing
Video 6 - Breathlessness