Health Update April


Commissioners are working with local providers to continue the delivery of services, taking all guidelines and local needs into consideration.

As you may appreciate, this means that there are potentially changes on a regular basis and so we would suggest that for the most up to date information on the individual service offers and how to access services then to refer to the following websites.

Community Paediatrics are now full steam ahead with QB testing, which is an objective electronic test for children with ADHD for children over 6yrs. If the child has been referred to Community Paediatrics for a ADHD assessment then parents and carers will be asked to come and see the clinician, history and observation is taken at this point, the parents are asked to  complete SNAPS questionnaires (information about the child) , the education establishment will also be asked to complete them, once these are received from both the child will be asked to come for a QB test. Once all that information comes in then the child will be brought back into clinic to see the clinician for a discussion of the results and be given a diagnosis or not depending on the results. Then a plan of action is put in place of after care.


The Government has recently produced new guidance for those deemed to be Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. Please see attached below a letter as reference for letters that will be sent to all individuals who were added to Shielded Patient Lists since the start of the pandemic.

Letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people

For children and young people, there is specific reference in the letter to school attendance:

‘From 1st April… clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and students should return to their school or other educational settings.’

And also to vaccinations:

‘For children aged 12-15 years, vaccination may be appropriate for those with severe neuro-disabilities. This option should be discussed between parents/guardians and the child’s clinician or GP. For other children aged 15 and under, vaccination is not yet recommended.’

The SEND Short Breaks Playscheme Task and Finish group will recommence meetings from April with Parents and Carers to identify ideas and suggestions for activities for the Summer 2021 playscheme and plan communication to the wider Listen 4 Change forum.

Dame Rachel De Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England, is today launching ‘The Big Ask’, the largest ever consultation with children undertaken in England.

The survey will be live until May 19th and asks children across England to set out their priorities for improving childhood post-Covid.

The results from this survey will help the Children’s Commissioner identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.

Children and young people can take part in the survey at

If you are a teacher, or work with children and young people we have lots of resources to support you implementing the survey with them.

Watch Rachel De Souza introduce and explain the survey with the help of footballer Marcus Rashford.

Have a question? Find answers to common questions about The Big Ask.

If you want to talk to the team behind the survey you can contact us at

At the Deafness Resource Centre in St Helens, we have prided ourselves in delivering services which will empower and enrich the lives of the Deaf community through promoting independence and reducing isolation.  In 2020, we received funding to produce and commence a new project called ‘I CAN’.  The fundamental message: that D/deaf individuals can achieve their dreams and ambitions with support and equal access to opportunities. 

The project aims to support families, children and young people from the onset of diagnosis.  It is vital, that unbiased information on different approaches to communication, access to advocacy support which will provide support with benefits, informing of rights to equal access, family sign language and youth activities and events to engage, teach skills, promote inclusion and independence, whilst having fun.

In addition, one neglected area, was D/deaf peer-mentor support.  This is one area we are keen to promote, as navigating the barriers of the hearing world can be daunting for young D/deaf people.  We are currently recruiting individuals who are D/deaf, to enter into a mentorship to help ease this transition, which will hopefully promote good emotional and mental health.

This service is being implemented across Merseyside for a period of five years.  It is our aim to reach as many D/deaf individuals as possible.  Attached is an information leaflet, and referral form to sign post should you encounter a D/deaf young person who would benefit/be appropriate. 

Information Leaflet download

I Can referral form download

If you would like any further information on any aspect of the I CAN or our children and family service, please do not hesitate to contact the team via the contact information provided. 



The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in their area, and how to access them.

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