NHS Community Services for Children and Young People
Child and Adolescence Mental Health Services
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provides support to children and families where the young person is experiencing significant mental health difficulties
Children's Speech and Language Therapy
The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service provides evidence based services that anticipate and respond to the needs of children and young people who experience speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties.
Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by disability, illness or injury.
Paediatric Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy provides a service that is based upon the child/young person`s difficulties with functional tasks that will impede their day-to-day activities. This could involve self-care, play and school skills such as writing and organization.
Community Paediatricians are doctors experienced in child health. They see children for a wide variety of reasons, including those with long-term disability, children with developmental delay, those with specific developmental problems (e.g. ADHD and Autism), and children with sensory impairments such as visual or hearing.
School Nursing Team organise a variety of support for children and young people with additional multiple needs. They provide support and guidance to schools regarding public health issues, brief interventions and health promotion such as smoking, emotional health and well-being needs.
The Health Visiting deliver the Health Child Programme for 0-5 years. All babies are automatically referred to a named Health Visitor.
Special School Nursing
The overall aim of the role of the Special School Nurse is to facilitate on-going care and management of children with disabilities.
Child Development Team
The Child Development Team (CDT) is a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency team of professionals working with pre –school children with additional needs. Representatives from these Professional groups meet on a monthly basis to discuss children and plan for future provision and need.
Child Development Centres groups
Child Development Centre groups are ran by Specialist Nursery Nurses with support, intervention and supervision from other professionals such as Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapists for Pre-school Children.
The Paediatric Audiology Department in Worcestershire consists of The New-born Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) and hearing tests for School Age Children.
The Acute Community Children’s Nursing Team (Orchard Service) are experienced children’s trained nurses who visit acutely sick children in their own home. The aim of the service is to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital and promote early discharge.
Epilepsy/ EEG (Electroencephalography)
The service offers departmental recordings of routine, sleep and overnight ambulatory EEG to adults and children. A mobile service is offered to visit clients with LD and challenging behaviours at home or in school or day centres if a visit to hospital is too stressful. A copy of the EEG referral letter can be obtained from the department secretary for use by the GP or Epilepsy nurse.
Learning Disability Psychiatry
Assessment and treatment of psychiatric, behavioural and seizure disorders associated with learning disability in adults and children. The team provides a service to children with severe learning disability and complex behavioural or psychiatric problems not suitable for generic CAMHS service.