How the NHS can help you and your family
Depending on what kind of support the child/young person with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) needs, it is possible that multiple NHS staff (health professionals) will be involved with you and your child/young person.
Health professionals in H&F work with each other to support a child/young person with complex health needs through talking to one another, sharing information and planning (together) how to achieve the best outcomes for the individual.
Are you concerned about your child’s health?
If you have concerns or questions about your child’s health, please talk to your doctor, health visitor or school nurse. They can help with a wide range of health issues and any concerns you might have about your child’s development.
What are my rights?
To understand more about what you can get from the NHS, go to the Get Your Rights website. It is a new interactive website which helps to explain to children and young people their rights when using the NHS.
What kind of health support can I/my child get?
Your doctor, health visitor or school nurse may refer you to specialist health services depending on your child’s needs. For example:
- physiotherapy – to help children and young people with things like sitting, moving and walking
- occupational therapy – to help children and young people do things like writing, playing, sitting or dressing themselves
- speech and language therapy
- child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) – can help provide mental health assessment and treatment for children/young people (aged 0-18) and their families
- child development and neurodisability service (Cheyne Child Development Service)
- children’s community nursing – helping children at home or in school.
How do I access the services?
In the first instance, please contact your GP, health visitor or school nurse if you are concerned about your child’s health and wellbeing. They can help with a wide range of health issues, including concerns you may have about your child’s development.
On this website (the ‘Local Offer’ directory), you can search for information on local support and services. It includes information on who the service is for, how to access it and who to contact for more information. Please make sure that the service is suitable for you or your child/young person by contacting the service directly or speaking to your GP.
If you see any information that is incorrect, or have any feedback about the website, please contact us.
Access to NHS health services should be based on need only, and barriers including financial or accessibility requirements should not stop you from receiving care. Health services are legally required to make reasonable adjustments when a person has additional needs that might otherwise stop them from receiving care.
Useful websites and resources
- H&F Clinical Commissioning Group
- Public Health England
- NHS England (If you use BSL, you can to talk to NHS England via a video call to a BSL interpreter -- visit NHS England’s BSL Service)