Children and Young people's NHS Occupational Therapy

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Service summary

What is occupational therapy? Occupational therapists help children and young people improve their ability to take part in everyday activities (’occupations’). These occupations may include self-care tasks, play and leisure activities, and taking part in school life. Occupational therapists work closely with the child or young person, parents and teachers, with the aim of helping the child to participate as fully as possible in their chosen occupations. 

Who is the service for? Disabled children, or those with additional needs, can be referred to children’s occupational therapy if they are finding it difficult to perform their daily occupations. 
This can include difficulties with:
  • Completing self-care tasks (like bathing, brushing teeth, getting dressed or eating)
  • Taking part in daily school life (like using a pencil or scissors, joining PE lessons, or organising their school equipment and work)
  • Engaging in leisure and play activities (like riding a bicycle, swinging on a swing, drawing and colouring, or playing with Lego)

To use the service, children must live within the borough of Enfield or be registered with an Enfield GP. They must be aged 0 to 18 years old. Unfortunately, we are not commissioned to see children who attend an Enfield school but don’t live in the borough nor have an Enfield GP. These children need to be referred to their home borough’s NHS occupational therapy service. Referrals for home equipment or housing adaptations need to go to Enfield Local Authority Occupational Therapy Team. Some special schools in Enfield employ for their own school occupational therapist. Please check this with your school.

How to access our service, Referrals to children’s occupational therapy are accepted from: 

  • Registered health professionals (for example, paediatricians, GPs, health visitors, school nurses, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists) 
  • School SENCOs.
Following receipt of the referral an acknowledgment letter is sent to the referrer and parents (if you do not get a letter after four weeks, please call the department to confirm the referral was received). 

World Federation of Occupational Therapy (2012) - Definition of Occupational Therapy Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.


Further information

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The page was last updated on 14 January 2021

Main address

Children and Young People’s NHS Occupational Thera
Cedar House St Michaels Site
Gater Drive

Main telephone

0208 702 5630

Organisation email