Service Outline

Welcome to the Children's Occupational Therapy (OT) Service for North Derbyshire.

The children's OT team works with children and young people with developmental, neurological and other motor difficulties from birth until they leave school.

We endeavor to support them reach their full potential.

What We Do

We work in partnership with the child, family and all other professionals from health, education and social care settings to maximise a child's physical abilities and independence.

We endeavour to support the family and the wider team of carers understand the child's physical difficulties and how to enable them to achieve their best.

We assess the child's abilities and analyse how they function.  From this assessment we will formulate an individual plan.

The plan will typically involve teaching parents and carers specific activities to practice with their child and how best to manage their functional needs throughout their daily routine.

The plan may also include the provision of specialist equipment or adaptations to support sitting, sleeping and assist with other activities of daily living.

We work closely with our Physiotherapy colleagues particularly if the child has postural needs, a movement disorder or Developmental coordination difficulties.

Where We Are

We see children in the location that is most appropriate to their needs; this could be in their home, a clinic, nursery or school.

Our team is based at the following sites:

  • The Den, Chesterfield Royal Hospital
  • Buxton Health Centre
  • Newholme Hospital, Bakewell
For all enquiries contact:

Children's Specialist Services at The Den, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Tel: 01246 514554

Referral information

Information for GP’s and other healthcare professionals who refer patients to our children’s occupational therapy team.

Referral criteria for children’s Occupational Therapy


Children residing in North Derbyshire and registered with a North Derbyshire GP as defined by the borough of Bolsover, Chesterfield, High Peak and North Dales and North East Derbyshire.

Age Range

0-18 years and to 19 years if the child is still in full time education to the end of that school year.


Assessment and intervention will be provided to children with conditions including but not limited to:

  • Neurological conditions
  • Neurodevelopment conditions
  • Deteriorating and life limiting conditions
  • Neuro-muscular conditions
  • Congenital disorders and syndromes
  • Developmental delay where therapeutic intervention can be effective
  • Pre-term infants at high risk of developmental conditions
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Pre-term infants at high risk of developmental conditions
  • Learning disabilities where there are functional difficulties
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder

How do you refer to our children’s Occupational Therapy service?

Referrals will be accepted in writing on 

(a) our O.T. referral form.

(b) documentation which forms part of the Common Assessment framework or CAF pre-assessment will be accepted as a referral.

Referrals are accepted from:

  • Consultants
  • General Practitioners
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Community nurses
  • Health visitors
  • School Doctors
  • School nurse employed within NHS

All referrals should be made on our Referral for O.T. and posted to our team at:

Children’s Occupational Therapy

1st Floor
The Den
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
S44 5BL

Or by secure mail ONLY to:

On receipt of the referral an Occupational Therapist will triage the referral to allocate the child to the appropriate clinic or caseload.

If more information is required this is sought from the referrer and/or the parents.

The family will then be contacted to make a convenient appointment.

Children appropriate for the Developmental Coordination service are sent questionnaires for the parents and school staff to complete. When these are returned an appointment will be offered for the child to attend an assessment clinic. This clinic is provided jointly with the Children’s Physiotherapy service.

If the initial appointment is not attended the referrer is informed and another appointment will be offered.

If the child fails to attend a second time they will be discharged back to the referrer to decide if the child is at risk.

What referral information does our children’s Occupational Therapy service need?

Referrals should include the following information:-

  • Client’s name, address, date of birth
  • Contact details of carers
  • GP name and address
  • School/ Nursery/ Setting attended
  • Description of reason for referral and the expected outcomes
  • Consent from the person with parental responsibility
  • Referrer’s name, organisation, address, contact details
Waiting times for children’s Occupational Therapy

Children will be offered an initial appointment within 7 weeks of receipt of referral or sooner if assessed as high priority

Key Contacts

Contact Us

Children's Occupational Therapy Department

1st ​​​​Floor
The Den
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
S44 5BL

Telephone: 01246514554

Fax: 01246 512630