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Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust - Children’s Community Therapy Service
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Children’s Community Therapy Services (CCTS) and Community Paediatrics work in partnership within the department of Community Child Health at the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust.

CCTS deliver Occupational Therapy, and Physiotherapy treatment, to children and young people who present with, or are being investigated for, neurological, neuro-developmental, neuro-muscular conditions, atypical development and/or disabilities.

In addition, CCTS Dietitians offer dietetic assessment and advice to disabled children who are at risk of under-nutrition. Nutritional issues may range from small appetite, mild gut issues affecting food intake or poor variety of foods eaten to extensively limited diets, allergies and poor growth.

CCTS Dietitians also work with community paediatricians and a multiagency team to provide a family focussed service for children who are obese, following very clear criteria for entry to and exit from the service. This includes the Lifestyle, Eating and Activity for Families (LEAF) programme for Early Years.

Who to contact

Contact name
Alison Botting
Contact position
Children’s Community Therapy Lead
Telephone
01872 254531

Where to go

Name
Community Child Health Department
Address
Pendragon House
Royal Cornwall Hospital
Truro
Postcode
TR1 3LJ
Notes

The Service is community focussed and therefore will be delivered from appropriate locations and within suitable settings in order to ensure an effective service for children and young people, close to where they live.  This may include the service user’s home or place of residence or nursery or school as well as local clinic settings and the hospital.

Time / date details

When is it on?
Monday - Friday (excluding bank holidays) 8am - 5pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral details

The service will accept referrals from universal services, SENCOs and Health Care professionals.

A referral form is currently being developed, but we require a formal referral letter or email summarising the child’s current difficulties and any relevant history.

Who is Eligible?

Babies, children and young people registered with a GP in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, in line with service referral criteria. Exceptions to this are children living in the follwoing postcodes:

EX22

EX23

PL10

PL11

PL12

PL13

PL14

PL15

PL16

PL17

PL18

These areas are served by Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust.

Inclusion details

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How we make our service inclusive

• Children’s Community Therapy Services (CCTS) deliver Occupational Therapy, and Physiotherapy treatment, to children and young people who present with, or are being investigated for, neurological, neuro-developmental, neuro-muscular conditions, atypical development and/or disabilities. • CCTS Dietitians offer dietetic assessment and advice to disabled children who are at risk of under-nutrition. Nutritional issues may range from small appetite, mild gut issues affecting food intake or poor variety of foods eaten to extensively limited diets, allergies and poor growth. • CCTS Dietitians also work with community paediatricians and others to provide a service to children who are obese, following very clear criteria for entry to and exit from the service. • Liaison and joint working with both Community Paediatricians and Children in Care team. • Multi professional working with other health providers and agencies to enable local delivery of appropriate care pathways for children who are vulnerable and or with complex health needs. • CCTS is involved in the statutory assessment of health needs and the planning and delivery of healthcare to children and young people.

Staff SEND experience

The Children’s Community Therapy Service works with children and young people who present with a range of complex needs and disabilities. All staff have a range of experience working with children and young people with complex needs and disabilities. All staff have access to additional training and regular updating.

How our service supports providers / schools / colleges

When appropriate, we treat children in all the settings they attend.  If support staff or carers are asked to support a child by carrying out therapy, our team will provide the necessary training to be assured of their safety and competence.

 

Support at key transition points

The service will support young people and parents/carers in developing their capacity to reduce the health consequences of long term vulnerability and chronic medical conditions. This will include the appropriate provision of written materials and signposting to other support services. We are also able to provide advice towards the annual Education Health and Care plans including those that target transition.

Other local or national support

http://www.nice.org.uk provides guidance on many treatments and interventions for children and specifically for Spasticity, Autism, Continence, Looked After Children.

Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints

CCTS actively seeks your views and experience of the service. Any concerns should be raised with your child’s therapist, or if this is not appropriate you should contact the Children’s Community Therapy Lead. Alternatively, you may wish to contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01872 252793 or pals.service@rcht.cornwall.nhs.uk

Last updated: 09/10/2015

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