Children's Occupational Therapy Service Bexley


We are having to alter some of our services in response to the demands that Coronavirus is creating. This means that we may have less staff and will be unable to continue to provide services in the way we usually do. Therefore, we may need to do the following:

  • We may carry out consultations via phone or video call
  • The frequency of our visits for your care might be reduced
  • If the care you receive is not essential, it might be stopped for the time being.

We will speak with you about any new arrangements we need to put in place. We will inform any other people involved in your care of any changes made. 

If you need to contact us, please call 0203 004 0092.

We would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this time. 

A team of occupational therapists and therapy assistants who work with children aged 0-19 years. They help children achieve or maintain their maximum level of independence and develop practical life skills to enable them to function and participate to their full potential in the home and classroom. They help children to overcome their physical or other difficulties.

Staff work in partnership with the children's family or teacher, within Acorn's at Queen Mary's Hospital, in the home or school. 

What we offer

The Occupational Therapy team work with all children referred in to the service. We work with pre-school and school aged children in mainstream Primary and Secondary schools. We also work closely with Bexley Special Schools:

  • Shenstone School
  • Marlborough School
  • Woodside-Colyers School
  • Shenstone Early Years. 

Within the specialist service of Occupational Therapy, we offer different types of support for you and your child / teenager.  The focus is functional independence in activities of daily living and learning.

Who do we see?

  • Children from birth to 0-19 years
  • Registered with a Bexley GP
  • Attending mainstream Primary, Secondary or Special School in Bexley

Some young people aged 16-19 years who have left school are referred to adult services

How can we help?

  • Information and training for nursery and school staff
  • Direct support/ training to plan the classroom and social environment
  • Activities to support schools with implementing programmes within the school
  • Care plans to be delivered by school/nursery staff and parents
  • Individual and group work for your child for functional skills for example / handwriting programmes / sensory circuits / seating / eating and drinking / dressing / attention for learning and more
  • Referral for specialist intervention for example Seating; Sensory issues
  • Guidance on resources needed for the child’s development
  • Therapy programmes specifically tailored to your child’s needs
  • Support early years and school staff with functional skills target setting
  • Contributing to MDT/Annual Review/TAC meetings
  • Environmental assessments on your child’s access within your child’s school
  • Provision of specialist seating equipment

What happens next?

Your GP, Health Visitor or school SENCo. Health professionals, school or nursery staff, can refer with parent agreement. 

Parents/carers, Health and Education professionals are asked to complete a referral form and return it.

Oxleas Patient Experience survey

The Oxleas Patient Experience survey gives you the opportunity to feedback on the care and treatment you have received. We also encourage your friends, family and carers to also provide feedback. Hearing your views gives us a better understanding of the needs of our patients, families and carers which helps us to make sure that we are providing a good standard of care. 

The short survey only takes a few minutes to complete and you can provide a written comment explaining what you think is working well and what is not. The Patient Experience team will collect the results of the surveys and these are shared with the relevant departments and management teams. This helps us to shape our services to continually improve the quality of the care and treatment we provide.


  • Community health services (children)

Services provided

  • Occupational therapy

Related Information

Acorns, Queen Mary's Hospital

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How to find us:

The hospital is beside the A20 Sidcup Bypass, and you should come off at Frognal Corner onto the A222. Queen Mary’s Hospital has 350 pay and display public parking spaces with bays for people with disabilities outside each main building.  There is a pay and display car park next to Acorns.


Children and Young People’s Services
Queen Mary’s Hospital
Frognal Place

DA14 6LT

Public phone number:

Children's Occupational Therapy Service: 0203 004 0092

Email address:


My daughter was referred by her school to be seen by an POT. She was refused an appointment on the grounds that no functional OT goals have been identified. So what happens now. Is she just left to struggle on her own???
Where is the assessment and help ? A complete dead end. NO help. Please can you follow this up asap.

Unfortunately due to high numbers of referral to the service it is important that we can identify functional goals for the child/young person to provide an assessment or intervention.

In our letter we asked you to contact us to discuss why we were not able to accept the referral.

Please call our central booking team on 0203 004 0092, and ask to speak to Jayne, our manager for Occupational Therapy, who would be happy to speak to you.

Kind regards

Maria Tanner
Service Manager for Specialist Children Services