Health Update November

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.

https://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/st-helens-child-health-services

http://www.sthk.nhs.uk/

https://www.sthelensccg.nhs.uk/local-services/

 

The St Helens Neurodevelopmental Pathway is fully operational and is working to minimise the impact of COVID-19.

Feedback appointments following decision panel meeting are being completed via phone contact with parents / carers.

ADOS assessments are to recommence in October 2020, module 4 assessments will be completed first due to COVID restrictions. Risk assessments have been carried out to ensure that these are completed in a COVID-19 safe way. All staff carrying out ADOS assessments will be wearing PPE and will maintain social distancing where possible.

School observations have recommenced with support from schools and relevant reasonable adjustments in line with COVID restrictions.

Currently NDP are reviewing website information to help support young people/children open to pathway, carers/parents and professionals. This work is ongoing and a Communications Task and Finish Group is being introduced in support of this.

The St Helens Neurodevelopmental Pathway is fully operational and is working to minimise the impact of COVID-19.

Feedback appointments following decision panel meeting are being completed via phone contact with parents / carers.

ADOS assessments are to recommence in October 2020, module 4 assessments will be completed first due to COVID restrictions. Risk assessments have been carried out to ensure that these are completed in a COVID-19 safe way. All staff carrying out ADOS assessments will be wearing PPE and will maintain social distancing where possible.

School observations have recommenced with support from schools and relevant reasonable adjustments in line with COVID restrictions.

Currently NDP are reviewing website information to help support young people/children open to pathway, carers/parents and professionals. This work is ongoing and a Communications Task and Finish Group is being introduced in support of this.

Work continues on developing a proactive emotional wellbeing and resilience building programme to support Schools and Primary Care in St Helens. The objectives of this programme will be to provide a designated point of contact for all professionals, provide effective drop-in sessions in all schools every term, and to support and train education and primary care staff members to empower them in resilience building in our children in the borough. To date this has been delayed due to the COVID-19 disruptions caused nationally and the continued effort in recovery of existing services.

We are happy to announce that the funding for this programme has now been finalised and so a timeline and actions to move this forward are to be outlined in the near future.

As of the 1st October 2020 Advocacy Focus will be providing Children’s Rights, Advocacy and Independent Visitor service for Children and Young People in St Helens.  

The service will be for children and young people aged up to 19 and 25 for SEND children and young people who are in, or who are on the edge of public care. The referral criteria are for those who are a Child in Need, Child Protection, Cared for or Care Leavers. A referral form is attached for information.  

St Helens Children's Advocacy Referral Form

More information can be found here in Advocacy Focus St Helens Professional's Leaflet or by visiting Advocacy Focus website http://www.advocacyfocus.org.uk/ - which has a dedicated St Helens page with full-service literature.  

Parenting Assessment Manual assessment service contract has been awarded to Carter Brown; their services are effective as of October 2020.

https://www.carterbrownexperts.co.uk/ 

The St Helens Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Team has implemented business continuity plans in support of COVID-19, and has been working with partners to identify recovery and restoration priorities as we move forward in our COVID response.
In response to NHS England and NHS Improvement ‘COVID-19 Prioritisation within Community Services’ Guidance, our services were reduced with the aim of keeping children and families and our staff, as safe as possible during COVID. 

Since March 2020 we have offered phone consultations and online assessments. Online training packages are delivered in almost weekly basis supporting parents and professionals via NWBH Zoom Platform. 

In September we started offering face to face consultations at homes, schools and at Lowe House Clinic adhering to NWBH NHS Trust guidelines. 

We will continue to offer these over the coming months to children and young people as required. We are continuing to adapt our resources to support virtual sessions and we have had success with these over the past six months. 

Virtual sessions may be offered in lieu of face to face clinic and / or school appointments, and are treated as standard appointments. 

We are committed to working with schools to communicate where a child has a scheduled appointment and may need to be collected from school in order to go home and access their virtual session.

There may be some cases where a face to face appointment will be offered where a virtual session is not possible, and we will discuss this with families/carers based on the individual needs of the child. 

We are making every effort to communicate how a child’s appointment will be carried out in advance of the appointment. 

We are committed to providing a quality service whilst keeping our patients, their families and our staff safe and as a team we are confident that this is the most effective way to run our service moving forward. We will be regularly reviewing our policies and welcome any feedback. 

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