Hi, I'm Kirsteen Chalcraft and I have been helping children with neurological and developmental issues for 25 years.
QUALIFICATIONS: Paediatric Bobath
HCPC: PH37870 (find me there as Kirsteen Starkey)
Member of APCP Association of Paediatric Chartered physiotherapists
The therapies I offer and my special interests: Through my 25 years of experience as a children's physiotherapist, I have developed a special interest in treating babies, children and young people who have problems with movement, coordination or posture.
I have worked as an Agency Physiotherapist at Frenchay Hospital with children post-operatively following Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery. I have an understanding of the needs of these children and am able to offer high quality, goal-focused, treatment following this surgery.
I also continue to use physiotherapy to help children who live with neuro-developmental conditions such as cerebral palsy and neuro muscular conditions, or who have an Acquired Brain Injury or Developmental Delay.
Why I do what I do: Having worked as a paediatric physiotherapist since 1990 I've gained experience of working with children through the NHS, in special and mainstream schools, childrens homes and community childrens centres as well as in private practices. You might say I'm au fait with the systems and how they work! It also means that I know how to work with these systems for the benefit of your child.
With the advantage of this insight, I use my extensive experience and continued training to consciously set high standards for the therapy and treatments that I deliver. You can be sure that your child will get the best support, care and treatment that is available to them from anywhere.
Why book an appointment with me: Now I have a young family myself I am keener than ever to help all children achieve their maximal potential and to facilitate their health and fitness. As a therapist too I recognise the pressures that concerns for your child's quality of life bring to the family so while your child will be at the centre of the support and treatment, I will work and liaise with you as parents and carers too to ensure everyone benefits.