Health Care Provision
Health services in Wirral are mainly commissioned (purchased) by Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and specialist services by NHS England. Wirral CCG commissions services for the children, young people and families of Wirral from many different providers. These include Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral Community NHS Trust.
Each commissioned service has its own
- Agreed eligibility criteria (who can access the service)
- Agreed referral criteria (how to access the service)
If you have any questions concerning any of the health services found in the Local Offer and whether your child may benefit from referral, please discuss these with you GP or any of your existing health professional involved with the care of your child.
The Local Offer is designed to give you information for local children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities and their families. It tells you about organisations and services that can offer support around healthy lifestyles, mental health, drugs and alcohol as well as information on pregnancy and sexual health.
Every area has to have a Designated Medical Officer or Designated Clinical Officer. Wirral has both of these people in post to help ensure children and young people meet their health outcomes.
The Designated Medicated Officer and / or Designated Clinical Officer’s work within a team and play a key role in implementing the Children and Families Act reforms and supporting joined up working between health services and local authorities.
They ensure that children and young people’s holistic health needs are considered and that the right provision is accessed to meet the health needs. Having health needs should not stop children and young people achieving their outcomes.
They can both be reached on 0151 514 2672.
You can read more about their roles here
THE TRANSFORMING CARE APPROACH
Transforming care is a national programme led by NHS England which is all about improving health and care services so that more people with learning disabilities and/or autism can live in the community, with the right support, close to home and have the same opportunities as anyone else.
FREE TRAINING FOR PARENT CARERS OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES AND OR AUTISM
Wirral University Teaching Hospital are committed to improving the lives and health outcomes of children and young people with learning disabilities and or autism, please see the link below for information and details of the support which is available provided by The Learning Disability and Autism team.
Paediatric Audiology and Audiovestibular Medicine Department
Speech and Language Therapy Service
This list explains a little about the people who might be involved in your child’s care:
Occupational Therapist (OT)
One who can help promote your child’s development and functional ability in every day activities. The OT will look at difficulties in and outside of the home, nursery or school and look at ways of overcoming these with advice, equipment and adaptations. Find out more…
One who helps in the management and development of movement skills. There are a number of ways in which children with motor difficulties can be helped. These may include exercises to strengthen weak muscles and games to improve coordination and motor skills. Find out more…
Specialist Parent Classes
Sometimes run locally to help you improve your relationship with your child and find strategies to deal with some of the common problems you face.