Welcome to South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust Paediatric Physiotherapy Team. 

Physiotherapists aim to facilitate optimum independence and quality of life in children who have been affected by illness, injury or disability through movement and exercise, education and advice.  Physiotherapists enable and encourage development and facilitate recovery. 

We work with children aged 0-19 years (16 if referred via GP) with musculoskeletal conditions, complex neurodisability and neurodevelopmental concerns. 

Our Team

Our team is made up of Specialist Physiotherapists, Technical Instructors and Physiotherapy Assistants who work with children; we have expert knowledge and skills to deliver appropriate care and education to encourage family involvement.  

Clinical Team Leaders
Sunderland: Allison Galloway
South Tyneside: Vicky Mercer/Mel Hurst

How We Can Help

Children’s physiotherapists treat babies, children and young people with a wide range of conditions. Physiotherapy input is based upon the assessment of the child’s needs.

For example;

Frequently Seen Conditions:
Physiotherapy would usually be beneficial for the conditions outlined below and we would advise you to contact a health professional regarding referral into our service.
-    Developmental Delay
-    Disordered Development 
-    Toe Walking
-    Erb’s Palsy
-    Torticollis & Plagiocephaly - View the APCP leaflet here
-    Perthe’s Disease
-    Symptomatic Hypermobility - View the APCP leaflet here
-    Osgood Schlatters - View the APCP leaflet here.
-    Sever’s Disease
-    Back Pain 

Typical Development:
Physiotherapy is not usually required for the following; however, should you have further concerns please do not hesitate to contact a health professional.
-    Flat Feet  - View the APCP leaflet here
-    ‘Knock Knees’
-    Bowing Legs 
-    In Toeing - View the APCP leaflet here
-    Out Toeing
-    Growing Pains 

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Physiotherapy together with the Occupational Therapy service offer a joint assessment service for children suspected to have a movement difficulty. If your child meets the criteria for this pathway, they will undergo assessment to see if they meet the criteria for a diagnosis of DCD. Whether a diagnosis is or is not appropriate, therapy services will identify any appropriate problem lists and functional goals that help your child with activities of daily living and experiencing success. 

Transition to Adult services

For information regarding Learning Disability Community Team click here.

For information regarding self-referral for Learning Disability Physiotherapy Service click here.

To access other adult physiotherapy services please discuss with your GP or Consultant. 

For any orthotics queries please ring Sunderland Royal Hospital main switch board (0191 5656256) and ask for Ext 42081.

Contact Us

Physiotherapy Department, Children’s Centre, Durham Road, Sunderland, SR3 4AD (map)
0191 5699123

South Tyneside:
Children’s Physiotherapy, Palmer Community Hospital, Wear Street, Jarrow, NE32 3UX (map)
0191 4028038

How To Access Our Service

Referrals can be made via GP’s, Consultants and Allied Health Professionals.

Referrals are accepted if your child’s needs meet our criteria. Following this, we will be in touch to explore how we can support you and your child.