Paediatric Musculoskeletal Competence Frameworks for Physiotherapists Working in the UK

A series of competence frameworks for paediatric physiotherapists focusing on individual joints.

Currently publications in the series ...

  • The Spine (Published - April 2019)
  • The Shoulder Complex (Published - June 2019)
  • The Hip (Published - August 2019)
  • The Knee (Published - June 2020)
  • The Foot and Ankle- (Published - February 2022)
  • The Elbow- coming soon
  • The Hand and Wrist- coming soon

Children and young people are different from adults. They are continually developing physically, emotionally and psychologically. Due to the physiology and biomechanics of growth, young people show a unique set of age related symptoms. Whilst many conditions seen in childhood are self-limiting; some more serious pathology can occur. Delays in diagnosis may lead to long term disability or mortality.

The differential diagnosis relevant to musculoskeletal symptoms is so broad that adequate paediatric training is essential. Clinicians working in this specialist field must have a clear understanding of the biological differences between children and adults.

The intention of these documents is to provide a learning resource for physiotherapy assessment and management of children and young people presenting with musculoskeletal symptoms.

These documents were developed by a panel of expert paediatric physiotherapists to establish the basis by which to prepare the physiotherapy workforce to deliver safe care to children and young people requiring musculoskeletal assessment, advice and management.

These are considered 'live' documents, if you have any comments or wish to suggest any amendments, please contact 

  • These documents are available for APCP members to download / view - CLICK HERE
  • Non-members can purchase an electronic copies (£3.50 per pdf file) - ORDER HERE