The term ‘looked after children and young people’ means children who are ‘looked after’ by the local authority. The aim of the Looked After Children (LAC) Service is to promote the health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in care. Our service will see young people across Wiltshire from 10-19 years including care leavers.
School nurses provide confidential advice, care and treatment to children and young people, working with parents and carers within schools and other community settings. We play a vital role in young people’s development, carrying out immunisation and screening programmes, managing medical conditions and acting as a point of contact on child protection issues.
The Public Health Nursing Service provide a Health Visiting and School Nursing service across Wiltshire. We deliver child and family health services, provide ongoing additional services for vulnerable children and families and contribute to multidisciplinary services in safeguarding and protecting children.
The Children’s Continuing Care team provides care and support to children, young people and their families who have continuing medical needs, life threatening or life-limiting care and end of life care needs. Each care package is individually developed to ensure it is tailored based upon the individual needs of the child and family.
Portage provides a home-visiting early education service to families and young children age 0-4 years who have additional needs, developmental delay or disability. Portage is an intensive and sustained therapy that supports parents/carers to help their children enjoy better outcomes.
Community Paediatrics is a team of children’s doctors in Wiltshire who see children and young people and their families in the community. We investigate and diagnose children with a range of difficulties including Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and delayed development.
The Occupational Therapy service supports children and young people to participate as fully as possible in everyday activities where emotional, psychological or physical difficulties might hinder their ability to grow, learn, socialise and play, helping children and young people to get the most from life. Occupational Therapy helps children and young people with various needs to help improve their cognitive, physical, sensory and motor skills and enhance their self esteem and sense of accomplishment.
The Children and Young People Training Team provides support to services and settings that care for children with medical needs. We offer training to staff who work with children and young people in settings such as early years settings, specialist schools, short break settings and holiday play schemes.
The Wiltshire Speech and Language Therapy team supports parents, families, teaching staff, child-minders and early years staff across Wiltshire. We provide support and assistance to children and young people who are experiencing difficulties with speech, language, communication and with feeding and swallowing.
The Children’s Community Nursing Service provides nursing care and support to children and young people in Wiltshire who have life limiting and life threatening conditions from the ages of 0 – 18 years. We facilitate the promotion of health needs and the delivery of medical care and treatments for children with complex health needs.
The Community Children’s Learning Disability Health Service works to improve outcomes for children and young people in Wiltshire with learning disabilities, enabling them to reach their full potential. We work in partnership with parents, carers, carers’ families and the multi-agency team. This joint working allows us to provide integrated, person centred, proactive, responsive and evidence-based healthcare.
This service is commissioned and funded by NHS Wiltshire CCG and Wiltshire Council
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