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The aim of our service is to support children with complex medical continuing healthcare needs to live within their family home and fulfil their potential as individuals. This includes supporting them in a variety of settings in the community for example, schools and nurseries. Without the support of the team many families would find it impossible to continue to care for their child at home.
The Register is a record of children and young people living in Bedford Borough who have a disability or additional need, aged 0-25 years. If you are a parent or have parental responsibility for a child with a disability or additional need, you can add your/their details to the Register by completing our simple registration form.
The Children’s Intermediate Care Service consists of a multi-disciplinary team comprising of a number of specialists working together to provide a co-ordinated approach to meeting the needs of children and young people with complex health needs in the community. The team include the following:
•Children’s Community Nurses;
•Children’s Continuing Care;
•Children’s Respiratory Nurse;
•Paediatric Continence Adviser;
•Special Needs Nurses and Nursery Nurses;
•Child Development Centre Nursing Team;
•Early Support Manager.
The team also works in partnership with the Local Authorities to ensure a holistic approach to meeting the health and social care needs of children and young people by focussing on the individual rather than specific needs.
This service operates a case management approach to care, co-ordinating service provision and resource allocation based on clinical assessment of health need. The service aims to reduce hospital attendance and admission by doing short term acute assessment and treatment at the child’s home and by offering advice to other professionals, allocation to support robust community packages of care, in partnership with wider Children’s services to ensure that specialist health needs are met wherever the placement.
The Children’s Nursing Team at the Child Development Centre (CDC) co-ordinates and supports paediatric clinics for children and their families. Working in partnership with paediatricians and families while waiting for, or following, diagnosis, supporting families at this often difficult time working to support transition into education and universal services.
We provide nursing advice and health promotion and safeguard and promote the welfare of children accessing the service.
The Nursing Team also oversee the Information Room which provides resources regarding specific conditions, support groups and a number of other topics related to special needs for children, young people and their families.
Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential.
It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being.
In children, Chartered Physiotherapists work to combat a broad range of physical problems in particular those associated with neuromuscular, musculo-skeletal, and respiratory systems.
The paediatric physiotherapy service will offer assessment and treatment to children 0-19 years and aims to help the child achieve their full physical potential and minimise any secondary problems. These can be children with moderate or severe physical disability and/or learning disabilities or can be children with orthopaedic and musculoskeletal complaints.
Exercise, positioning, equipment provision, and 24 hour postural care are some of the approaches used.
See leaflet ‘Childrens Physiotherapy Services’ for further information.
The Special Needs Nursing team are part of the wider Intermediate Care Team, thereby providing a co-ordinated specialist service.
The Special Needs Nursing team support children and young people aged 3-19 years old, with learning disabilities and associated additional health care needs within the special school setting. The service is provided by a multi-skilled team of registered nurses and specialist nursery nurses.
The team work in partnership with parents and carers, education teams, children’s community nurses, continuing care, social care and the wider multi-professional team to enable children and young people to access the curriculum.
The service provides:
The team develop individual care plans to meet the health care needs of children and young people through a process of assessment, planning, implementing care and evaluation of outcomes. The team co-ordinate pre and post-operative planning in order to ensure all services are in place to promote a timely return to school following surgery. The team take an active role in transition planning to promote effective transition from children’s to adult services.
The team provides training to parents, carers, education staff, respite provision and voluntary agencies in a variety of clinical interventions specific to individual care plans, to include, administration of medicines, enteral feeding, rescue medication (buccal midazolam/rectal diazepam), epilepsy awareness, oxygen therapy, suction, and the management of anaphylaxis (Anapen/Epipen).
The team work in partnership with the multi-professional team to co-ordinate health care clinics held within the special school setting in order to ensure that children and young people spend as little time as possible attending appointments outside the school setting. Clinics provided are:
•Medical reviews (led by Community Consultant Paediatrician)
•Immunisations (planned and provided by the special needs nursing team)
The nursing team work in partnership with the education staff in the planning and delivery of health promotion to include healthy eating, sexual health, drug awareness and other government initiatives.
The special needs nursing team act as an advocate and provide advice and support to families meeting their children’s health care needs. The team are responsible for sign-posting to and referring to specialist services as necessary, sourcing relevant information, liaising with and when appropriate taking the Lead Professional role in conjunction with the family and other health care professionals.
At Christ Church Pre-School we aim to provide a safe, caring and positive environment in which we offer opportunities for children to learn and develop emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically through varied play in order to gain confidence and independence.
Christ Church Pre-School is committed to the safeguarding of all children and adopts recruitment procedures that promote the safety and well-being of children. The practitioners are all experienced, highly trained carers and educators, who are knowledgeable about how children learn, about child development and care, and have a passionate commitment to the pre-school and its aims.
We are able to support children up to the age of 5 as per our OFSTED registration and insurance. Ongoing support includes sharing information such as observations, assessments, IEP and visits to the child’s next setting and working with their new key person. We liaise with external agencies to ensure children with identified SEND will receive appropriate and specific support, for example speech & language therapists, occupational or physiotherapists
Christopher Reeves Lower School is a Church of England school and is founded on Christian principles. We are proud of our Values-based ethos and nurturing environment which we believe is the key to enabling all pupils to achieve to their full potential. We are fully inclusive and all children have access to a broad ranging cirriculum which not only emphasises the skills, understanding and knowledge associated with core subjects but also incorporates the spriritual moral, social and cultural development of every pupil. In implementing this policy, we believe pupils will be helped to overcome barriers and go on to gain confidence and self-esteem as learners, thereby having the best chance of achieving their full potential both at school and beyond.
CHUMS offers four services in Bedford Borough which are aimed at children, young people and their families.
Bereavement Service - any child or young person who has been bereaved is able to access bereavement support which may be in the form of individual or group support. Group support includes parents/carers. Ongoing support is also available for parents and teenagers on a monthly basis with other events such as a Remembrance Service and Family Day being offered during the year.
Trauma Service – offers support to children and young people who have been bereaved in traumatic circumstances such as murder, suicide, road traffic collision as well as those showing signs and symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The service is also able to support children and young people affected by other traumas such as sexual abuse, witness to domestic violence or witness to another traumatic event.
Emotional Wellbeing Service - short term support for children and young people presenting with a mild to moderate mental health difficulty. Presenting issues include anxiety, relationship difficulties, low mood and low self esteem. Group support is offered to those with anxiety and we offer a group programme for children and young people who have an ASD diagnosis. Parents/carers are included in our group programmes.
Recreational Therapeutic Service - this service is offered to young people who have found it difficult to engage with traditional therapies and/or are finding it hard to engage with education; they may be at risk of exclusion or have been excluded. Support is offered by activity based programmes including football or music as a tool for engagement.
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