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Contact a Family is a national charity for families with disabled children

We provide information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other. We campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

Please click the link to open to the Contact A Family website

0808 808 3555

Continence Service

Bedfordshire Continence Service provides advice, support and treatment for people with continence needs. You can be referred for an assessment by your GP or any other health professional from whom you may be receiving care.

Continence advisors are trained nurses who have undertaken specialist training in continence management and they can assess your individual continence needs and plan a treatment programme with you. Following assessment, your continence advisor may prescribe disposable incontinence products for you, which will be delivered to your home. Children from the age of four years can be referred to the service by a health professional

This comprehensive continence service will:
•provide continence services to patients registered with a GP in Bedfordshire, living in their own home or a care home;
•ensure all patients referred to the service have access to appropriate continence advice and/or assessment;
•promote and develop the use of continence care pathways;
•lead on the procurement of the home delivery contract for supplies of continence products;
•provide a high quality, cost effective and productive service that enables innovative practice and meets individual patient needs;
•engage and support transitional planning for children transferring from paediatric to adult services;
•provide training, support and advice to carers and families;
•offer support and advice to patients with incomplete bladder emptying to become self managed;
•meet the 18 week target for appointment and treatment.

01582 528821

Criminal Justice Service- HMP Bedford and Criminal Justice Liaison Team

The Forensic Criminal Justice team provides a service for people aged 18 years and over, who are in the criminal justice system and have been identified as having a mental health condition or learning disability.
The service:
•attends multi-agency public protection meetings to assist in the management of complex cases;
•identifies people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities at the earliest opportunity and ensures that their needs are met in the best setting, be it hospital, community or custody;
•provides assessments for individuals who are due for release from prison to ensure continued access to mental health or learning disability services;
•provides a prison in-reach service, working with prisoners at HMP Bedford. This extends to Police Stations, the Courts, Prisons and the Probation Service;
•provides one point of access for criminal justice agencies to information and advice, or assessment of people who appear to present symptoms of mental health/learning disability or have a history of mental health/learning disability;
•provides training on mental health and learning disability to criminal justice agencies.

01234 373235

Dove House

Dove House -Boarding at Overstone Park School

Welcome to Dove House a small, caring residential special educational facility at Overstone Park School, a co-educational school for children age 4-18 years with a separate nursery department.

Park is registered with the DFE as a SEN independent school.

The list of SEN categories are listed below:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Asperger's Syndrome
Speech communication Language needs (SCLN)
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Dyslexia, Dyspraxia
Moderate learning difficulties (including Global development delay).

01604 643787

Down's Heart Group

Provides support and information for families and carers of people with Down's Syndrome and heart issues, specifically related to the heart but touching on other areas as affected by the medical problems.

03001 021644

Early Intervention in Psychosis Service

This specialist service works with people aged 14-35 years who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis, no matter what the cause of symptoms, whether it is drug induced or related to a bipolar disorder or a primary psychotic illness. This intensive service is available to people with psychosis and their carers for a maximum of three years.
Psychosis is a term used to describe conditions that affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality. Hallucinations, such as hearing voices, delusions (false beliefs), paranoia and disorganised thoughts and speech are some of the symptoms that may be experienced. These symptoms can seem so real that often the person does not realise that they are experiencing psychosis. Psychosis also affects feelings and behaviour.
The service also works with people with low level psychotic symptoms such as, odd beliefs, altered sensations particularly in their hearing and vision, a family history of psychosis, fleeting psychotic symptoms and/or changes in their mental state.
The service is comprised of a community based multi-disciplinary team which provides assistance and interventions at a time and location that are convenient to the person with psychosis.
The team aims to reduce both the duration and severity of acute psychosis and to improve a person’s social functioning and assist them in staying or getting back into employment or education.
The service offers:
•advice, information and assessment;
•an assessment period of up to three months;
•assertive outreach approach youth friendly services, emphasising social recovery;
•comprehensive package of care for a duration of two-three years;
•cognitive behavioural therapy for hallucinations and delusions;
•family intervention;
•help with returning to work or education;
•hospital admission arranged when necessary;
•low dose neuroleptic medication;

01234 315690

EPUT Childrens Services 0-19 teams

The 0-19 service provides a programme of prevention and early intervention services for children, young people and their families in Bedfordshire. This service is delivered through the Healthy Child Programme and offers a comprehensive programme of screening, immunisations, developmental reviews, information and guidance to support parenting and healthy choices which enhance a child or young person’s life chances.

The Healthy Child Programme will also provide individual and tailored support to ensure that children receive appropriate referrals to specialist services and that families are signposted to wider support systems. The programme will ensure that each family receives support that is appropriate for their needs with the most vulnerable families receiving additional support in partnership with education and other agencies.

The 0 – 19 service consists of 5 teams including Specialist Community Public Health Nurses who are Health Visitors and School Nurses. They are supported by Community Staff Nurses, Community Nursery Nurses, Health Care Assistants and administrators.

01234 897401

Family Food First

Taking a Food First approach to improve the identification and management of malnutrition and dehydration in the elderly

Are you or someone you know:
Eating less than you used to?
Losing weight unintentionally?
Recovering or suffering from illness?
Recently out of hospital?
Not feeling like eating?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions you, or the person you know, may be at risk of malnutrition. Take action today by changing the way you eat.

Malnutrition affects over 3 million people in the UK and can be prevented without the need for medication.

01582 707400

Health Facilitation Service (Services for People who have a Learning Disability)

Health Facilitation Service: Nurse-led service, working with adults who have a learning disability to enable them to access and receive equitable healthcare from services.

We are part of ‘Services for People who have a Learning Disability’ (SPLD) who provide specialist healthcare services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton.

The service is provided for people who have:
• Challenging or disturbed behaviour
• Degenerative neurological disorders which occurred during their developmental period and led to learning disability
• Epilepsy which cannot be managed by general neurological services
• Mental illness and other mental disorders such as autism
• Sensory deficits which cannot be managed by mainstream services

01234 310589

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust provides high quality health care for the people of Huntingdonshire and surrounding areas. More than 160,000 people rely on our district general hospital for a range of services and we are renowned locally for our warm and friendly approach.

01480 416416

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