Essex County Council – Occupational Therapy Service

Essex County Council provides an occupational therapy service for disabled children and young people up to the age 25.

Occupational Therapists work with children and young people who have a substantial and long-term disability which makes day-to-day activities difficult.

They will visit your family home to find out what activities are challenging and then work with you to consider how things might be improved. This might include:

  • alternative ways of managing an activity
  • advice and information
  • advice on techniques or loan of equipment to support manual handling
  • loan of specialist equipment for bathing, seating etc.
  • minor adaptations – installing handrails, half steps etc.
  • major adaptations – provision of stairlifts, ramped access, conversion of a room etc.

There are, however, lots of ways that you can improve safety within the home without spending a fortune before a referral to Occupational Therapy.

Adapted bathroomWhere they feel a major adaptation is required to improve independence or to support your family as you care for your child, they will discuss options with you for a Disabled Facilities Grant.

Your Social Worker can refer you for an Occupational Therapy Assessment or you can request an assessment by telephoning the Initial Response Team on 0345 603 7627 or emailing

Occupational Therapy within Health Care

The NHS also provides an Occupational Therapy service. Generally, this is to provide short-term physiotherapy or therapeutic treatments. You can find out more about occupational therapy in health care by clicking this link Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy.

Asian girl in wheelchair

Wheelchair Service

Essex County Council does not provide wheelchairs. The Wheelchair Service is a separate service and requires a referral from a health worker – this might be your GP, Physiotherapist or Health Occupational Therapist. You can find more about wheelchair services in your area under the Equipment and Resources section of the Essex Local Offer website.