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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trustl - Paediatric Physiotherapy Dingley Specialist Children’s Centre

Dingley Specialist Community Paediatrics is based at Erlegh House, Earley Gate, Whiteknights Road, University of Reading Campus, Reading RG6 6BZ providing community and inpatient paediatric care to children in the West of Berkshire.

Paediatric physiotherapists are autonomous practitioners, responsible for assessing children’s gross motor skills and functional ability. We provide expert, holistic physical rehabilitation to enable children with injury, disability or illness to reach their potential. We use a range of approaches that are individually tailored to each child’s needs. This may include exercise programmes, postural management, bespoke orthotics, walking aids and other specialist equipment.

We work in partnership with parents and carers, ensuring that they receive advice and support that enables them to support their child’s condition, and alongside other health professionals such as Paediatricians, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists. We also liaise with teachers and nursery staff.

We are co-located with community paediatricians and other therapists and provide seamless care with our acute Paediatric and Orthopaedic colleagues.

We work alongside Paediatricians and Orthopaedic Consultants providing specialist services such as Botulinum and Gait clinics, Paediatric Orthopaedics and Cystic Fibrosis. We also provide a physiotherapy-led service for children with club feet.

Get there by car, patient parking available – nearest entrance to UoR campus is Earley Gate,  or take Reading Bus Service 19b from Reading town centre to Earley Gate bus stop.

If you have any concerns please contact us on 0118 322 7531

Who to contact

0118 322 7531
Royal Berkshire Hospital Website

Where to go

Dingley Community Paediatrics
Erlegh House, Earley Gate
Whiteknights Road
University of Reading Campus

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 8.30-16.30 Tuesday, Thursday - 8.30- 18.00 52 weeks of the year

Other Details


Other notes

We provide a service to children with neurodevelopmental conditions until statutory school age or until admission to a special school.

For musculoskeletal conditions and oncology patients, we provide a service for primary aged children. Older children are seen by our adult service in outpatients

We see children with chronic respiratory conditions until they are 16.

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type
Local Offer Updated

General Provider Response

Is your service accessible?
We provide a service for the following SEND • Cerebral Palsy • Other neurological conditions such as spina bifida and muscular dystrophies • Genetic Conditions/Syndromes • Developmental Delay • Hypermobility syndrome • Chronic fatigue in primary aged children • Cystic fibrosis and other chronic respiratory conditions • Oncology patients We provide a service to children with neurodevelopmental conditions until statutory school age or until admission to a special school. For musculoskeletal conditions and oncology patients, we provide a service for primary aged children. Older children are seen by our adult service in outpatients We see children with chronic respiratory conditions until they are 16. Single level modular accommodation with wheelchair access. Hoist, translator service (including British Sign language) is available if required. Children are seen at other locations such as nursery or home when appropriate. Information sheets on a number of services are available in our parents’ room. Information for some conditions available on the hospital website. Where a parent/carer has a learning disability we have an option to use the adult learning disability nurse to assist the consultation, upon request.
What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
We accept referrals from the child’s GP, Paediatricians and other Hospital Consultants. We will also accept referrals from other therapists when children already receiving physiotherapy move into our area. We see children under 5 where there are concerns about development or neurology. We see children up to the age of 11 with musculo-skeletal conditions. We see children up to the age of 16 with chronic respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis.
How are referrals/applications made to your service?
We will accept referrals from GPs and Paediatricians for children with neurodevelopmental, musculoskeletal and respiratory difficulties. Referrals can be made via standard letter or on a physiotherapy referral form.
What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services?
Triage of referrals occurs once every 1-2 days. We see referrals within the 18 week wait.
Inspection outcomes/quality awards
Following a CQC inspection in September 2017 the Trust was rated as Good.
Feedback and complaints procedure
We regularly seek feedback from parents/carers. This feedback is audited to build and improve our services. Complaints procedure is available on the Royal Berkshire Hospital Website. Support is available from the patient advisory Liaison Service (PALS) should you wish to make an enquiry.
How will I know my child will be safe using this service?
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing the highest quality of care for children and young people and considers the safeguarding and protection of children to be a high priority throughout the organisation. Safeguarding the welfare and wellbeing of all children and young people who use our services, including those with special educational needs and disability is essential to providing health care; this includes protecting their health, human rights and ensuring they are free from harm, abuse or neglect. ‘The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm is 'everyone’s responsibility’ • The Trust meets statutory requirements in relation to Criminal Records Bureau checks • Child Protection Polices and systems are up to date and robust including processes for flagging up children who miss outpatient appointments and a system for flagging children for whom there are child protection/safeguarding concerns. • There is a Board level Executive Director lead for safeguarding • Named professionals are clear about their roles and have sufficient time and support to undertake them. • There is a rolling programme of training within the Trust to ensure that all eligible staff are appropriately trained All physiotherapists must meet the standards of the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). The HCPC holds a register of all physiotherapists who meet their standards which is available on their website. Chaperones are available upon request if required.

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.