Who we are

Welcome to our website. You should find all of the information about our service and any current changes to our service here, as well as some useful documents and website links. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us (information at the bottom of this page.)

The Solihull Paediatric Physiotherapy team consists of qualified Physiotherapists and Therapy Support Workers. Your child’s initial assessment will always be carried out by a qualified Physiotherapist and on going treatments may be completed by a Physiotherapist or Therapy Support Workers  depending on your child’s needs. All of our Physiotherapists are registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

Our Physiotherapy team members

Nicky Thomas – Clinical Team Lead Paediatric Therapies and Pelvic Health

Donna Jones – Team Lead Paediatric Physiotherapy

Mellissa Hemming – Team Lead Paediatric Physiotherapy

Laura Pickup – Specialist Paediatric Respiratory Physiotherapist

Ramni Acharya – Paediatric Physiotherapist

Claire Hind – Paediatric Physiotherapist

Emma Dunn – Paediatric Physiotherapist

Sarah Wyres – Therapy Healthcare Assistant


The Trust is committed to learning and provides student placements for Physiotherapy students studying at The University of Birmingham and Coventry University. There may be occasions where your child is seen by a student physiotherapist under the guidance of a qualified physiotherapist. If you would prefer for this not to happen, please let us know.

What do we do?

The Paediatric Physiotherapy service provides a community advice and assessment service and recommends strategies to support children with gross motor delays, neurological and neuromuscular conditions and musculoskeletal conditions in children under 7 years of age (Children aged 7 years and over are seen by the adult musculoskeletal service).

Levels of intervention include:-

  • Acute/Short Term – Your child may be assessed, treatment/advice provided and discharged from the service, or they may require an onward referral to a different service and be discharged from Physiotherapy.
  • Long Term – Your child may require on going assessment / treatment / review / provision of equipment / onward referrals and may possibly remain under our service until they transition to adult services, if this is appropriate.

We work within a variety of settings within the community and use a virtual first approach with face to face offered as appropriate.

The service also provides a community respiratory service for children with complex disabilities who have respiratory complications. Please see the ‘Respiratory Physiotherapy Service’ section for further information on this area of our service.

Reach optimum
physical potential
Maximise function
and independence
Promote normal
Reduce the risk
of deformity
Optimise Respiratory Function

As well as offering support for families and other professionals through onward referrals, physiotherapists offer the following services to support the development of physical function:


Physiotherapists assess children and young peoples motor ability, joint movements and posture.

Training and Education

Physiotherapists work closely with other agencies for example schools, nurseries and other professionals to give training and advice.


Some children and young people require equipment to support their posture and function.

Further information

You can find out more about physiotherapy for children and young people from the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists http://apcp.csp.org.uk/ website.

Contact details

Paediatric Physiotherapy
Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre
Crabtree Drive
B37 5BU

Tel: 0121 722 8010

This telephone line is open from 9am until 4.45pm Monday to Friday. Please note, there is no facility to leave a message for the services outside of the above hours.

The service can experience very busy periods where your calls may not be answered immediately. In the event of this, there is an option to leave a message and these messages are checked routinely and responded to.

Please note that sending confidential information to this email account cannot be guaranteed as a secure route unless an encryption solution is used by the sender.

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