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Health Services

Health services update September 2020

The Clinical Commissioning Group continues to work closely with health providers and Achieving for Children in preparation for the return to school. Each health provider is working to their organisational guidance on risk assessment and need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) following advice from NHS England and the Department of Health.

There are differences in the advice around PPE for schools from the Department for Education and for health providers from NHS England. We continue to work to address this but, in the meantime, please be aware that staff from health providers may be conducting school visits wearing PPE.  Teams will be discussing this with schools.

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare

(Occupational Therapy Community Paediatrics, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy for Richmond)

The Richmond Paediatric Team will continue to deliver remote group and individual sessions for children who are able to successfully take part virtually and for families who would prefer to continue to receive remote therapy sessions.

The team are now delivering face to face sessions at Ham Clinic for occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy for families who are finding access to remote therapy input more challenging.

Face to face Speech and Language Therapy sessions will re-commence at Centre House clinic, Teddington Health and Social Care clinic and Whitton Corner clinic from the beginning of September. Muscoloskeletal sessions for physiotherapy at Teddington Memorial Hospital and Centre House will also resume as normal in September.  Hydrotherapy sessions are still not being delivered but the services are working with Teddington Pool and are hoping these will re-commence shortly in a modified form to ensure social distancing.

The therapy team will return to working in mainstream schools as before from the beginning of the autumn term and physiotherapy and speech and language therapy will also recommence delivery of their service to special schools and specialist provisions attached to mainstream schools. 

The Community Nursing Team for Richmond is delivering the service as usual.

Health staff will be wearing PPE in schools in line with health guidance. 

 

Your Healthcare

(Speech and Language Therapy Kingston, Neurodevelopmental Service for Adults, School Nursing Kingston)

Your Healthcare Children’s Speech and Language Therapy are currently working with education settings in order to resume face to face appointments. From September, the team will be working with families to offer face to face appointments where required in the most appropriate setting based on clinical prioritisation. In addition, they will continue to support children and families virtually where appropriate. The team will be ensuring compliance with guidance and recommendations around infection control and PPE from NHS England and the Department of Health.

 

Emotional Health Service

The Emotional Health Service (EHS) have started to see some children and their families face to face at Moor Lane and 42 York Street.  The service is also continuing to offer lots of work online and are trying to meet the preferences of children and their families. The EHS will also re-commence their work in schools, working closely with preferences of individual schools based on their own risk assessments.  The new Emotional Health Service Resource Hub (opens a new window) provides lots of online resources and advice.

 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Tier 3

There is an update on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (opens a new window). For urgent situations the SW London St George’s crisis line continues 0800 028 8000.

 

Achieving for Children (AfC) Occupational and Physiotherapy

AfC Occupational and Physiotherapy are planning to offer services which are as normal as possible from September. All children in special schools who will be in school, will receive therapy provision in school as specified on their EHCP. Children with OT and Physiotherapy needs in mainstream will receive appointments in school subject to school risk assessment around visiting professionals.  Children/families who choose not to come into school will still be offered video sessions and some home visits may be available related to clinical risk.

Sessions at Moor Lane will be prioritised for those requiring initial assessments and any post-operative rehabilitation due to space and COVID building guidance.

The team will be ensuring compliance with guidance and recommendations around infection control and PPE from NHS England and the Department of Health. This will mean they will wearing full PPE (masks, aprons and gloves ) when it is not possible to adhere to social distancing.

Alison Stewart

Designated Clinical Officer for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

The Clinical Commissioning Group continues to work closely with health providers and Achieving for Children (AfC)  in response to the current Coronavirus pandemic in order to respond to individual queries and provide access to advice. This includes working with colleagues in AfC around the risk assessment process for children returning to school. Each health provider is working to their organisational guidance on risk assessment and need for PPE following advice from NHS England and the Department of Health.

Health services are now working to the government guidance on restoring community provision. This specifically highlights the need to continue essential services around SEND.

  • SEND community services must be prioritised for children and young people (CYP) aged 0 to 25 years with an EHCP in place or going through an assessment for one. 
  • The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) , providers and local authorities work together to risk assess CYP. 
  • The Coronavirus Act requires reasonable endeavours to be made to ensure the provision in an EHC plan. Key SEND services are therapies speech and language therapy/OT/physio/nursing/Paediatrics.
  • Health service providers to work with Designated Clinical Officer / Medical Officer.

You can read about Designated Clinical Officer and Designated Medical Officers for SEND (opens a new window)

You can read the full guidance government guidance on restoring community provision (pdf) 

 

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare - Occupational Therapy Community Paediatrics, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy for Richmond

The Richmond Paediatric Team will continue to deliver remote group and individual sessions for children who are able to successfully access virtual input and for families who would prefer to continue to receive remote therapy sessions.

The team are now delivering face to face sessions at Ham Clinic for occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy for families who are finding access to remote therapy input more challenging.  

The team are anticipating that face to face sessions for speech and language therapy will re-commence shortly in Centre House Clinic, Whitton Corner Clinic and Teddington Health and Social Care Centre and muscoloskeletal sessions for physiotherapy at Teddington Memorial Hospital and Centre House

The team are in the process of contacting schools to ensure we offer a safe and effective service to pupils whilst in school.

The Community Nursing Team for Richmond is delivering the service as usual.

 

Your Healthcare - Speech and Language Therapy Kingston, Neurodevelopmental Service for Adults, School Nursing Kingston

Your Healthcare services are working to resume face to face appointments in schools and clinics by the end of September, working in collaboration with each setting around infection control and PPE. In the meantime the services will begin to offer some face to face appointments over the summer based on clinical prioritisation and will continue with elements of the online offer.

 

Emotional Health Service (CAMHS Tier 2)

The Emotional Health Service continues to deliver the virtual offer over the summer , working towards resuming normal service in September following appropriate guidance.

 

CAMHS Tier 3

For an update on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services please read covid 19 changes to provision of some trust services(opens a new window)

For urgent situations the SW London St George’s Crisis Line continues. The phone number for this is 0800 028 8000.

 

Achieving for Children Occupational and Physio Therapies

AfC Occupational and Physiotherapy are hoping to offer services which are as normal as possible from September. All children in special schools who will be in school will receive therapy provision in school as specified on their EHCP using appropriate PPE.  Children with OT and Physiotherapy needs in mainstream will receive appointments in school subject to school risk assessment around visiting professionals.  Children/families who choose not to come into school will still be offered video sessions and some home visits may be available related to clinical risk.

Sessions at Moor lane will be prioritised for those requiring initial assessments and any post operative rehabilitation due to space and COVID building guidance .

 

Alison Stewart

Designated Clinical Officer for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities