We want Solihull children and young people to be healthy. Healthy children grow into healthy adults and healthy adults have better outcomes.
All children and young people are able to access what is referred to as ‘universal services’ – these are services that most people will be familiar with and they are often most people’s first point of contact. Universal services include Health Visitors, School Nurses, Doctors, Dentists, Opticians, Pharmacists and Hospitals.
If however your child has health needs that can’t be met by universal services, then they will be referred to services that provide the expertise to meet their health needs. These services are often specialist in nature and include the services below. Children often use a combination of services to ensure all their health needs are met. More information about each service can be found by clicking the link provided.
Health Services specifically supporting children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
There are four special schools within Solihull, Hazel Oak, Reynalds Cross, Merstone and Forest Oak. There is a dedicated team of Registered Children’s Nurses and Nursing Assistants with training and experience working with children with additional health and learning needs who provide support to these schools.
This service integrates four areas in child health including Health Visiting, Infant Feeding Support, Family Nurse Partnership (for teenage parents) and School Nursing and is being delivered by South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.
For more information on the service areas, click on the links below:
The Health Visiting team offer five mandated health checks for all families in Solihull borough during pregnancy, 10-14 days after birth, 6-8 weeks after birth, 12 months old and 2 years old, identifying and responding to health needs including supporting families with children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is an intensive programme that supports first-time parents under 19 years from early pregnancy until their child is 2 years old.
The Infant Feeding Support team offer specialist advice on breastfeeding and infant nutrition as well as breast pump loan and peer support in the community.
School Nurses lead the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme to school age children (5-19 years) in mainstream schools, academies and Pupil Referral Units in Solihull. The nurses measure heights and weights, conduct vision screening and health checks to all children at school entry, year 6 and year 9, responding to identified health needs.
There is a website specifically for primary aged children (aged 4-11years) and a site for teenagers at the following addresses:
Children’s website (aged 4-11years):
https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/ (information for young people aged 4-11years old)
https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/solihull/ (Information for parents/carers)
https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/ (generic information)
https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/solihull/ (local services in Solihull)
The team provide advice and support on the implementation of strategies to enable your child to reach their full potential in the following areas: toilet training, sleep programmes, behaviour management, puberty and personal relationships
The team support children and families with complex and palliative health care needs. The team consists of Registered Children’s Nurses who have a range of nursing experience from different specialities. They support and empower parents/carers to look after their child at home, support access to different environments e.g. nurseries and schools, promote early discharge from hospital and reduce hospital admissions.
Paediatric Physiotherapists treat children and young people who have physical conditions which affect normal childhood development. They use techniques which contribute towards the overall development of children in order that they can become as independent as possible in childhood and onwards to adulthood.
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) provide assessment advice and treatment to people who have communication impairment and/or a feeding and swallowing difficulty. This includes difficulties with speech and language, voice, fluency and social communication. SLTs adopt a patient centred approach respecting the individual’s needs and opinions. Their aim is to work with the child, family and other professionals in order for the child to develop independent, functional communication.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) are interested in how young people manage the everyday activities that keep them busy (‘occupy’ them) at home, at school and during their leisure time. Their aim is to identify the activities your child wants or needs to do and to find ways to make these activities easier for the young person, their family, teachers and others involved with the child.
The team assess and manage the hearing needs of children and young people aged 0-18 years. They provide clinics at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital, Solihull Hospital and some community locations in Solihull.
Community Paediatricians are Doctors who specialise in developmental, behavioural and social difficulties of children relating to specific conditions.
This service works with children who have either complex medical and developmental needs or with children and young people where their difficulties may indicate an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For children with complex medical needs they may also provide coordinated therapeutic work to meet a child’s needs.
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Barnardo’s and Autism West Midlands work together to provide emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in Solihull. They provide multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of children and young people with mental health or severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. Further information about child and adolescent mental health services across Solihull can be found on Solihull CCG’s website https://solihullccg.nhs.uk/yourhealth/mental-health/emotional-wellbeing-and-mental-health-services-for-children-and-young-people
Short Breaks at Lyndon House
Overnight breaks are provided at Lyndon House for children and young people with complex health needs. Lyndon House aims to provide a service to children and their families or carers and deliver a holistic care package.
They provide care to specific groups of people, including children and adults with disabilities, complex needs and those with extreme dental anxiety.
Other Health information specifically in relation to SEND
If you or your child has NHS funded complex healthcare needs, you can ask the NHS for a personal health budget. This is an amount of money from the NHS, which patients agree with their nurse to spend on their health needs. The aim is to give people more choice and control over their healthcare to increase their independence.
If your child has a specific health need (such as Diabetes, Asthma, Epilepsy, Severe allergy etc) they may need a health care plan to advise the school staff on how to manage their condition. Every child’s need is usually specific to them so all care plans should be individualised for the child.
This is usually separate to an Education Health Care Plan as it looks at the health need and any specific actions or precautions the school should take into account in relation to that health condition when your child is in their care.
If your child is in a Solihull mainstream school or is about to start school into a Solihull mainstream school setting and you think your child needs a health care plan you can contact your school nurse through the school or via their website and ask for advice a support.
If your child is in a Solihull special school or is about to start into a Solihull special school setting and you think your child needs a health care plan you can contact your school nurse through the school or via their website and ask for advice a support.
It is important that a health care plan is clear, specific and detailed therefore your school nurse may ask to meet with you and your child and/or your permission to contact any specialist nurses, your child’s Gp or your child’s Consultant to ensure the information that is shared in the plan is accurate and up to date. You should receive a copy of this care plan for your own records.
It is expected that any health care plan is reviewed annually as a minimum but if anything changes with your child’s health condition it is important that you share this with the school nurse who may update the health care plan earlier. This is really important to ensure your child’s needs are still being appropriately met.
If your child has a regular medication that needs to be given in school this may not need a health care plan but will require a consent form completing – please ask your child’s school directly about their medicines in school policy and procedure.
The Designated Medical Officer (DMO) who supports Solihull CCG and Solihull Metropolitan Council in meetings its statutory responsibilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities is:
Dr Alan Stanton, Consultant Community Paediatrician, firstname.lastname@example.org
The following NHS England Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Quick Guides are available on the following website - https://www.england.nhs.uk/learning-disabilities/care/children-young-people/send/
- Guidance for health services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
- Commissioning for transition to adult services for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
If you have any concerns or complaints regarding South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust please click here.
Healthwatch Warwickshire is the local champion for health and social care. They are independent and are not part of NHS or care services. They:
- Answer questions about local NHS and care services
- Link to the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS), supporting those making a complaint about NHS services
- Gather information about what people think about NHS and care services to influence the planning and delivery of services.
Contact Healthwatch Warwickshire:
Phone: 01926 422823 (Monday to Friday 10.00am – 3.00pm)
Or visit: www.healthwatchwarwickshire.co.uk