Additional Health Needs Panel (Neurodisability panel)

We are a team of health care professionals, including doctors, nurses and therapy staff who work together to support families who have a child with a health or additional health related need.

We work together to assess and support children and young people with a wide range of needs such as:

  • Delay in development
  • Physical, vision and hearing impairment
  • Learning difficulties or likelihood of additional needs in school
  • Social interaction and communication issues
  • Attention and hyperactivity difficulties.

Sometimes when assessments are complete, it is clear that a child needs assistance from health staff, but there is no specific name or diagnosis for a child’s needs.

Our focus is to identify strengths and difficulties of the individual to allow the child and family to receive the appropriate support and access the provision that we are able to offer.  We support families through assessment, by listening to and understanding the perspective of the child, young person and Parents/ Carers.

As part of the assessments we may contact nursery or school to obtain the school staff input on how your child presents at school and how they may be able to help as part of daily school life.

Where there are medical / health reasons for your child’s difficulties we may provide advice and / or a programme of activities for you to do at home with your child and it may also be appropriate for this to be included in school in the class room.

Who to contact

Telephone
01925 867867
Website
www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/warrington/additional-health-needs-panel/

Other details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral details

Any professional (such as your health visitor,  school nurse,  GP,  nursery teacher) can make a referral to the panel.

When we get a referral all the information is reviewed by our team to make sure we are the correct professionals to address your child’s needs.

If we do not have the right skills we will not accept the referral and we will let your referrer know.   We will explain why the referral is not being accepted and will try to signpost to other services, if this is possible.

If the referral is accepted you will be invited to make appointments with the professionals who will be involved in your child’s assessment.

These may be Specialist Nurses, Therapists or some of our assistants. Sometimes a doctor may be involved.

We will write to you asking you to contact us to arrange appointments.

It is important that you get in touch so we can offer appointments that are convenient for you

We may send you questionnaires before you attend your appointments. You should complete these and bring them to your appointments.

This will help our team fully understand your concerns and support us to make decisions, with you, about your child’s care.

You may also wish to think about any questions you would like to ask our team.

How can a parent use the service?

If you have concerns you can ask any professional who knows your child to make a referral.

All referrals have to have  your consent so you will be aware if you have been referred.

We have a detailed referral form that helps us decide if we have the correct skills to help you and your child.

It also makes sure we have some basic details and we will try to only ask you go back over what is important as part of the assessment

At times it may seem that we are asking the same questions again however each professional will need the information for a different aspect of your child’s assessment

Who is eligible?
Live in Warrington + Warrington GP The Team provides a service to children and families who live in Warrington and /or have a Warrington GP. If you live outside Warrington there may be a similar service in your area. Please ask your Health Visitor or school staff.
Referral route:
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Description

We value what you say

We routinely ask for feedback from you and your child/ young person to see how we are doing. This may be a request for verbal feedback, or we will ask you to complete a feedback form.

This information will be treated confidentially, and may be used by the team in order to improve our service.

We operate a Patient Partner Service and we would like to invite families to work with us.


Who you can contact for more information

You can also continue to get support from universal services such as your GP and Health Visiting or School Health Team.


What to do if you are not happy with the services offered?

We always try to provide safe high quality evidence-based services for you and your family.

If for any reason you are unhappy or would like to give us any feedback please contact the CDC 01925 867867 and ask to speak to any one of the Team Leaders who will be able to discuss and try to resolve any concerns.

You can also contact the Patient Services Team on:

Telephone: 0800 587 0562 (freephone)
Email: patient.services@bridgewater.nhs.uk

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