North East Lincolnshire

Our team provides physiotherapy treatment and care to babies, children and young people from birth to 19 years in North East Lincolnshire.


Fun physiotherapy in the ball pool


Working with a therapist in the sensory room

Who do we see?

Paediatric physiotherapy covers a wide range of clinical practice and conditions which affect children’s physical skills and development:

  • Neurological conditions eg cerebral palsy, head injury
  • Neuromuscular disorders eg muscular dystrophy
  • Developmental delay
  • Rheumatological conditions eg juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Congenital disorders eg spina bifida, talipes, torticollis, plagiocephaly
  • Orthopaedic conditions eg fractures and sports injuries
  • Congenital syndromes and metabolic diseases
  • Conditions where mobility and function may be effected eg oncology
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • General musculoskeletal complaints such as joint hypermobility.

What do we do?


Walking practice in the parallel bars

Treatment is based on an assessment of the child’s needs and the formation of an individual treatment programme.  The physiotherapists may use a range of approaches that are individually tailored to each child’s needs. This may include exercise programmes, postural management, specialist handling techniques, mobility aids and other specialist equipment.

We provide patient specific training, to support and empower the patient, parents, carers and other professionals involved to promote confidence in managing their condition.Physiotherapy sessions will last between 30-60 minutes with all initial assessments taking place at the child development centre unless there are extenuating circumstances. We recognise the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents and carers to maximise a child’s physical abilities and independence.


Encouraging reaching using bubbles

We work closely with:

Thank you for all the support you have given me and my mummy, showing me how my arms work and helping me to get on my feet.

Ralph, Patient

Where we work

Our team are based at the child development centre in Grimsby at the Diana princess of Wales hospital. From the CDC we offer clinic and specialist environment settings for therapy assessment and treatment, including specialist Gyms, sensory room, splash pool and soft play areas. Services and support are also provided within the community at settings and home where appropriate.

Meet the team

Fiona Cave - Senior Physiotherapist

Qualifications: BSc Hons Physiotherapy. Fiona is our senior children’s physiotherapist and team lead, she qualified from Sheffield Hallam in 2006 and has over 13 years experience within the NHS. Fiona specialises in under five neuro development and is Advanced Bobath trained. She is currently studying towards her Masters in leadership and management within healthcare and supports the board of the local cerebral palsy charity.

George McIntosh - Children's Physiotherapist

George is the newest member of the team, starting with us in July 2014. He specialises in musculoskeletal conditions and has a strong interest in genetic conditions.

Amy Fillingham - Physiotherapist

Qualifications: BSc Hons Physiotherapy. Amy has been with the team at Grimsby for over six years, qualifying at Teesside in 2005 Amy specialised in paediatrics in Lincoln. Amy has a large amount of experience working with children and has a specials interest in muscular dystrophy and rheumatology. Amy is currently on Maternity leave but will be back with the team in September 2015.

Sue Wardle - Physiotherapy Assistant

Sue has worked within the Trust for more than ten years. She works alongside the physiotherapists to support therapy programmes and has a special interest in children under fives and works closely with the local children’s centres.


Children can be referred by GPs, consultants, paediatricians, allied health professionals, health visitors and community nurses. Self referrals can also be accepted once the child is known to the service for the same condition for which they were previously treated.  Referrals must have parental/guardians consent and all referral forms must be completed correctly.

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Useful links

We work closely with a number of local charities who can offer additional support including:

North East and North Lincolnshire Cerebral Palsy Society


The society provides help for the treatment, education, training and welfare of people with cerebral palsy. Call them on 01472 812505

You can find a list of other useful links including local charities and suppliers of equipment here.

Contact us

Child Development Centre
Diana Princess of Wales Hospital
Scartho Road
DN33 2BA
(01472) 302591