There are a variety of health services for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities.
These services aim to identify, assess and diagnose health issues and then provide the appropriate treatment or intervention.
In this section, you can learn about what health services are available and how to access them. There is also a description of how health services in Coventry work and how health services work together.
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Health Services for children and young people with SEN or disabilities provide the following for children and young people:
There are many different health services available from acute hospital wards, to GPs to physiotherapists to immunisation nurses etc.
There are some health services that are more likely to be involved in supporting children and young people with SEN and/or disability. These services have different focuses;
You will find out more about the health services which commonly work with children with SEN and/or disability within Coventry in their specific sections of the local offer.
A health service provider is an organisation which holds contracts for delivering certain health services. Different providers will hold different responsibilities. There is more than one provider of health services for children and young people in Coventry.
Providers local to Coventry are;
Private practitioners and third sector (charity) practitioners are also providers in their own right.
Commissioning organisations are responsible for planning, organising and buying services for the populations they serve. They will contract with providers to deliver specified services.
The code of practice 2014 placed new statutory duties on clinical commissioning groups to contract services which specifically supported children and young people with SEN and/or disability. This was to ensure local areas worked better together.
To help clinical commissioning groups undertake their new responsibilities, they appointed to a designated clinical officer (DCO) and/or designated medical officer (DMO). These roles are undertaken by people with an appropriate level of knowledge and expertise of the health needs and systems of a local area.
Key responsibilities of these roles in Coventry are;
Universal Health Services are Health Services that all children and young people will qualify for. In some cases, there will be similar services available especially for people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities. These services are provided by South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, Coventry Warwickshire Partnership Trust and the NHS.
You can find out more about universal health services on the Coventry City Council Family Health and Wellbeing website.
A GP is a General Practitioner. This is the doctor that a person sees for general health concerns. A GP can refer someone on to more specialist services where needed and can advise about general health concerns.
School Nursing Teams are led by qualified Nurses who have undertaken further training to qualify for this specialist role.
Each team covers a group of schools in a geographical area. School Nurses are not based in individual schools.
The School Nurse plays a key role in Health Promotion and works to address Public Health Issues e.g. reducing teenage pregnancy, reducing childhood obesity,and issues relating to drug,smoking and alcohol use.
The School Nurse is pleased to give advice to parents and/or your children about any health concern they may have - e.g. sleeping, behaviour, allergic reactions, bed wetting, to name but a few.
School Nurses run confidential health clinics in some secondary schools within the city.
School Nursing Services that are available in special schools are arranged by the Coventry Commissioning Group (CCG).
Everyone should be able to access good-quality NHS dental services. There is no need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP because you are not bound to a catchment area. Simply find a dental practice that's convenient for you, whether it's near your home or work, and phone them to see if there are any appointments available.
The Health Visiting Team work to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families in the crucial first years of life. Our community teams offer friendly support and advice and we work closely with GPs, midwives, school nurses and the wider local community. The service is universal to all children and families, with a wider service to those with additional needs.
Coventry Young Person's Service is a free and confidential young person's early intervention and substance misuse service for young people, their families, carers and affected others.
CWPT is committed to improving the quality of patient experience an the effectiveness of our care. They are keen to work with service users to understand how they can do things better.
The Community Dental Service is a specialised service providing dental treatment for children, adults and older people who, because of a mental or behavioural impairment or disability, are unable to access general practice dental care.
Our staff have expertise in the care, management and understanding of people with special needs. The provision of this dedicated care is often complex and challenging.
To be referred to this service a young person must have special needs and be registered with a Coventry GP.
This service offers treatment for people with:
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Community Paediatric Dieticians provides a service for children with special needs.
If you have concerns regarding your child’s or young person's nutritional needs, please initially discuss them with their school nurse, health visitor or GP.
If they feel it is appropriate, they will refer you for a consultation with one of the dieticians.
Community Paediatricians provide specialist care for children and young people. They also carry out a range of duties in relation to child protection, medical advice for special educational needs, and health assessments of children in care.
The role of the paediatrician involves prevention, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support. C
Community paediatricians are also closely networked with many other health professionals.
For more information, please visit the CWPT Community Paediatrics website.
The Red Cross Borrow a Wheelchair Scheme lets you borrow or hire a wheelchair from the British Red Cross for a single trip or for short-term use.
They provide wheelchairs:
For more information, please visit the Red Cross Borrow a Wheelchair Scheme website.
Paediatric Continence provides specialist assessment, advice and treatment for children with the continence problems, daytime wetting and nocturnal enuresis.
Leaking urine after we expect a child to be toilet trained is very common: one in seven children aged four and one in 20 children aged nine are affected; it ranges from damp patches in your child’s pants to a full-blown pee accident.
Bedwetting happens when a child unconsciously empties their bladder whilst they’re asleep. Wetting the bed is a common childhood condition affecting half a million children and teenagers in the UK. It’s not your child’s fault if they wake up with wet sheets and it doesn’t mean they’re lazy.
If you are concerned that your child has a difficulty, you can get information and advice in the first instance from your health visitor, school nurse or GP. You should see you GP if you suspect your child is constipated or has a urinary tract infection. Health visitors and school nurses will provide initial advice and support with toilet training daytime wetting and bedwetting.
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If the child or young person continues to experience problems with daytime wetting and/or nocturnal enuresis after following advice from the health visitor or school nurse, they may benefit from a referral to the specialist paediatric continence service. This can be made by your health visitor ,school nurse or GP.
Some children require specialist assessment of their continence problems and should be referred to the Paediatric Continence service. After referral, you may be invited to group parent information session at which you will be provided with advice and information about your child’s condition including practical advice that you should start prior to initial assessment in the clinic.
After attending the group session your child will be invited for initial assessment (usually at the City of Coventry Health Centre). During the initial assessment, treatment options will be discussed and a treatment plan formulated. Follow up appointments will review and adjust the treatment plan.
All treatment plans require support from parents and carers and the child needs to be motivated to resolve the problem for treatment to be effective.
In some cases support from school may be required, this may include encouraging children to drink during the day allowing access to the toilet during lessons and continence management plan may need to be written.
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The Podiatry Service provides a specialist role in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of people of any age that have a foot problem combined with an underlying medical condition that may put their foot health and mobility at risk.
They provide treatment of skin and toe nail pathology, nail surgery procedures, management of foot and ankle musculoskeletal problems with provision of orthoses (a brace, splint, or other artificial external device serving to support the limbs or spine) and injection therapy and wound care with debridement (medical removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing ) for foot ulcerations.
Home visits are provided for bed bound patients.
You can access this service if you have a GP in Coventry.
Your GP or health professional will need to submit a referral on your behalf.
For more information, please visit the CWPT Podiatry Website
The CWPT School Aged Immunisation and Vaccination Service is commissioned by Public Health England to deliver routine scheduled vaccinations to children and young people aged between Rising 5 to 18 years of age.
The service is commissioned to work in all mainstream, special and independent schools.
The team’s deliver:
All vaccines sessions are initially offered in the school setting, but there are also regular clinics that children and young people can attend if they have missed the opportunity to be vaccinated in school or if they have extra requirements where more support is required.
Within the Vaccination Teams there are staff with specialist skills who can help and support children and young people who may struggle with receiving vaccinations.
Prior to the teams visiting the schools, CWPT will offer an immunisation pack to take home to parents/carers for all the children and young people that are offered vaccination. This pack will contain a letter from the immunisation team, a leaflet from the Department of Health about the vaccines and a consent form for the parent to complete and return to school.
For more information please visit the CWPT School Aged Immunisation and Vaccination Service website
The Integrated Sexual Health Service can help you with care and advice on sexually transmitted infections and contraception in Coventry.
All services are completely free and confidential, including for under 16s.
Services offered include clinic based appointments and drop in, outreach services out in the community and fully comprehensive HIV care.
For more information, visit the Integrated Sexual Health Service website
BeSavvy is an online resource provided by Coventry City Council that supports young people and parents on relationship and sexual health advice. The website content includes important information relating to a wide range of subjects, a directory of services in the Coventry area and resources for sexual health professionals.
You may be referred to a service by a professional such as your GP or health visitor or you may be able to refer yourself
Health professionals working with a child or young person share information to make sure they are working together. They should let you know how they do this.
Sometimes sharing information must be done – for example a Paediatrician or a physiotherapist will want to know the outcome of a hospital test such as an x-ray or scan so they can make sure they are doing the right thing for the child or young person. Sometimes this is routine; like when a learning disability specialist copies a letter to the GP so the GP has a full understanding of what is happening for that child or young person.
There are times when information has to be shared immediately, such as when there is a concern about a child or young person’s safety.
When an education, health and care needs assessment is requested for a child or young person, it is discussed with a group called a panel. The panel will talk about if they need any advice from health professionals. This information is used to help make a decision about if a child or young person needs an Education, Health and Care Plan and to make sure that the child or young person is known to the right specialists.
If a health service is asked to provide advice to support an education, health and care assessment they must provide the information within 6 weeks. They may do this be sending a letter or report from the last time they saw they child. They may do this by providing a triage phone call where they can find out if a child needs a specialist assessment and what advice will be helpful whilst they wait for this. They may do this by seeing the child and their family and then writing a report letter.
If the child or young person has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), the advice and provision from a health professional may be classed as either a special educational need or a health need.
If it is described as a special educational need, this means that the child or young person needs the EHCP so that they can access the curriculum / learning opportunities.
If it is described as a health need, the child or young person keep the child/young person healthy and as well as possible. Some provision will be in both parts of a plan. For example a speech and language therapist may see a child in school to practice/develop specific speech skills. They may also see a child at home to talk about swallowing and safety around eating and drinking.