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CHUMS Child Bereavement, Trauma And Emotional Wellbeing Service

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.

01525 863924

Clapham Children's Centre

Early Childhood Partnership Bedford offers a full range of FREE services to expectant parents/carers and families with children up to the age of 5.

03003 230245

Clapham Preschool (Bedford)

We are an Early Years provider working within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

We promote teaching and learning to ensure children's 'school readiness' and give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

We take children from the age of 2 years to a term before they are 5 years.

We support families and children with special educational needs and disabilities by working closely with other agencies to give the child a best outcome for their learning and development.

"At Clapham Preschool we strongly believe the rights of inclusion within mainstream schools and that all children have a right to be part of their community and to be welcomed and included in our provision".

01234 341142

College’s out Bedford and District cerebral Palsy Society

COLLEGE’S OUT runs for two weeks during the summer at The University of Bedfordshire for young people aged 18-25 years to come and meet friends in a safe and fun packed environment. Times are 9.30 am – 3.30pm.

College’s Out has exciting activities that help young people learn new life skills and have new experiences to help build self-confidence and prepare for adulthood and independence. Every young person is encouraged to think about and work towards achieving their aspirations.

The weeks typically have a theme which is chosen to meet the interests of the young people attending. In 2016 the first week was dedicated to sports, where specialist coaches enabled young people to try a range of sports adapted so that everyone could join in. The second week was dedicated to the arts where young people were able to express themselves creating music, costumes, instruments and art for a carnival.

Safeguarding is taken very seriously. Each young person will have a volunteer or member of staff available if needed and parents are not required to stay. All staff and volunteers are trained to meet the basic needs of the young people for example; safeguarding and epilepsy awareness. Paid staff are also trained to provide first aid, personal care, tube feeds and administration of medication and emergency medication and wherever possible any other requirement of the young person.

01234 351759

Community Eye Service

The Community Eye Service cares for children from 0 - 16 years of age with strabismus, lazy eye (amblyopia) and vision defects. If a child/young person has special needs they can be seen until the age of 19 if they remain in education. The team comprises of orthoptists, orthoptic support workers, community ophthalmologists and specialist paediatric optometrists.

The Orthoptic support workers screen the vision of all children attending mainstream lower/primary schools between the age of 4-5 years.

To develop good eyesight, it is important that eye problems are identified and treated at an early age, as defects which may cause squints or strabismus- (where one eye turns in/out), often run in families or are associated with other special needs. The term lazy eye is often used to describe one eye that is not developing good vision, this is also known as Amblyopia.

Following referral, we will offer your child an initial assessment and, together, we will plan your child’s on going eye care. The treatment plan will then be reviewed regularly to improve your child’s eyes as much as possible. After your first visit to see the orthoptist your child will probably have a further appointment to see the ophthalmologist or optometrist. For this next check eye drops may be needed to enlarge the pupils. The ophthalmologist will examine the eyes to ensure they are healthy and prescribe glasses, if required. Each eye is checked to see if it is healthy and to see if your child needs glasses to correct long/short sight or astigmatism, the children’s glasses prescription voucher (HESP) will be issued.

The orthoptist will monitor the child’s eye problem, offering advice and non-surgical treatment, in order to maximise your child’s visual development. Where a child has a condition where the vision cannot be improved the team will work with other professionals to ensure the child visual capabilities are understood. The Community Eye service orthoptists work closely with the ophthalmologists and optometrists in the Community eye Service and at the Moorfields at Bedford Paediatric Eye Clinic.

01234 897445

Community Heart Failure Nurse Service

The Heart Failure Nurse Service aims to enhance the care of patients with a diagnosis of heart failure, improving quality of life and ultimately preventing avoidable admissions to the acute sector. This is achieved by focusing on improving patient self-management, through education and support, also offering educational sessions to staff in primary care.

The service provides both on-going clinical management of the condition by nurse prescribing, self-management advice and support components and actively encourages the involvement of the family and carers. The service enhances primary care through independent nurse prescribing.

07768 244036

Community Matron Service

The service comprises of Community Matrons with advanced clinical and diagnostic skills who are responsible for the case management of those with complex long term conditions. As well as case management, the Community Matron is responsible for providing treatment for their patients (except when treatment needs to be provided by a specialist provider).

Each patient will have a personalised health plan offered and a Community Matron will oversee the care co-ordination and joined up services across health and social care. Telehealth monitoring is also available for patients with COPD and heart failure.

Patients accepted onto a Community Matron caseload are frequent users of healthcare services and will have a complex, long-term condition. Each Community Matron will be aligned to a Locality Team, and their patient caseload will be taken from the population served by that team and group of GP practices.

The Community Matron service incorporates:

•triaging referrals;
•carrying out advanced clinical assessment;
•the development of care plans;
•the case management and care co-ordination of the patient’s care across various organisational boundaries;
•facilitating self care: educating patients, families and carers on how to move towards self management;
•health promotion;
•Medication management including non medical independent prescribing to avert hospital admission;
•managing unplanned episodes within the Community Matron’s case load- assessing, providing / organising treatment at home or appropriate place of care;
•liaising with secondary care to facilitate safe, early discharge of patients on the Community Matron caseload;
•liaising with a range of specialist nurses and other primary, community and social care teams, to ensure quality palliative and end of life care is available to all patients and their carers;
•liaising with GP practices and primary care staff regarding assessments and care plans put in place;
•maintaining effective communication with GPs and practice teams throughout care delivery.;
•telehealth monitoring and triaging.

01234 315889

Community Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists (OT) help children who have difficulties with activities of daily living
skills (eg washing, dressing, eating, toileting; play and leisure; ability to participate in
school lessons or move around the school building).

This may be achieved through individual advice, treatment and recommendation of specialist equipment within the school environment

01234 310274


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

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