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
Child Development Centres
Child Development Centres 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Health Visitors deliver the Health Child Programme for 0-5 years. All babies are automatically referred to a named Health Visitor.
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.
- Orchard Service (North) (Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust website, opens in a new window)
- Orchard Service (South) (Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust website, opens in a new window)
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.
Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by disability, illness or injury.
School Aged Hearing/Audiology Service
Hearing Screening is offered to all children in reception year. Referrals for a school age hearing assessment are also accepted from a range of professionals most frequently GP’s, Speech and Language Therapists and School Health Nurses.
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.
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.