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Therapy Services and Specialist Provisions Updates

Stockport Special Schools – See the document in downloads, this clarifies the current position of Stockport Special schools at this difficult and uncertain time. The Local Authority is working with special schools to ensure we provide support to vulnerable children and their families during this period.

We are working hard in partnership with school leaders on a daily basis to provide essential support to children and families during this difficult time.

 

Access to Pennine Care Mental Health Services in Stockport

Healthy Young Minds (Children and Young People) – There are currently no service changes for children and young people.  Referrals from general practitioners and other health and care professionals will be accepted.  New referrals will be screened in the same way and routine appointments and follow-up will continue over the telephone.  Much of the work will be done via telephone contact however any face to face appointments will be offered where necessary, subject to the needs and risk of children, young people and families.  The trust is currently working with staff to enable them to offer video conferencing to give CYP and families a choice.  There is likely to be a delay on the neurodevelopment assessment pathways (ASD and ADHD) due to parts of the assessment requiring specialist face to face observation and use of specialist equipment, HYMS is working closely with the Trust to think how some of this work can be delivered through other modes.

 

Adults and Older People - There are currently no service changes for adults and older people.  The single point of access/Access Team is still open for referrals, telephone triage and any assessments will be undertaken by telephone, however due to a reduced number of staff any onward referrals to community mental health teams may be delayed.

 

Healthy Minds (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) – Referrals to the service are still open, however the staff are providing appointments and contacts by telephone.  An extended digital offer will be provided, further information will follow.

 

Out-patient appointments – Consultant psychiatrists are undertaking out-patient appointments by telephone

 

Visiting patients on the inpatient wards is now suspended.

 

Early Years and Childcare

As a key principle, the council leadership team is working towards all children remaining at home if possible.

All schools are remaining open for the most vulnerable children and children of COVID-19 responders only. Whilst this may mean that schools in your area are only open for a very small number of children, this will limit movement between schools and families reducing the risk of further spread of CV19 across the Borough.

There are a small number of childminders and early years’ settings able to remain open. Where a Childminder or an early years setting has remained open the council leadership team will co-ordinate the childcare of the children of the COVID-19 responders, trying to limit the movement of children and families if at all possible.

The preferred option is for children wherever possible to stay at home but the current point of contact for matters relating to early years children/settings/childcare is eypt@stockport.gov.uk

If you need to access school provision for your child with an EHCP and are struggling to make contact with your child/ young person’s setting. You can email school.enquiries@stockport.gov.uk and we will facilitate a conversation to support you.

 

Healthy Young Minds   

There are currently no service changes for children and young people.  Referrals from general practitioners and other health and care professionals will be accepted.  New referrals will be screened in the same way and routine appointments and follow-up will continue over the telephone.  Much of the work will be done via telephone contact however any face to face appointments will be offered where necessary, subject to the needs and risk of children, young people and families.  The trust is currently working with staff to enable them to offer video conferencing to give CYP and families a choice. 

There is likely to be a delay on the neurodevelopment assessment pathways (ASD and ADHD) due to parts of the assessment requiring specialist face to face observation and use of specialist equipment, HYMS is working closely with the Trust to think how some of this work can be delivered through other modes.

Find out more: https://healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/ 

 

The Children's Therapy Service

The Children's Therapy Service are working on putting training videos together, how to offer video based appointments and setting up closed Facebook groups for children with similar needs so we can offer advice/training, targeted to a group without breaching copyright laws.

The services will be aiming to contact parents on our waiting list during this time and to carry out what can be done via telephone/video contacts. 

If you need to contact us during this time, please do so either by email: cypdisp@nhs.net or our admin numbers: 0161 419 2052 or 07894 802061

Please see The Children's Therapy Service letter on the right for more information.

Stockport Inclusion Services

Stockport’s Inclusion Services (Educational Psychology, Behaviour Support, Learning Support, Inclusion Co-ordinators, Sensory Service and Ethnic Diversity) are continuing to operate during this period of Covid-19 and school closures.  Our Inclusion Services are in contact with schools, settings, parents/ carers to provide advice and support, and are developing a wider offer to families which will be promoted on the Local Offer website in the next few days.

 

Autism Team

If parents/ carers want support, advice or have any queries  email us on autismteam@stockport.gov.uk . The team will continue support any families/ carers and young people during this challenging time.

 

Portage

The Portage Service is currently offering telephone appointments to children in place of the home visits they were receiving. Group Stay and Play sessions are cancelled until further notice.

The office is currently closed so we are unable to take calls via the office number.

Children who were on the waiting list or awaiting an initial visit will be contacted within the next week to provide them with a mobile number of one of the Senior Portage Workers whom they can contact if they need support with a specific issue during this period.

Once we are back up and running, we will contact families individually to book a home visit with them. Invitations will be sent by post for Stay and Play Groups once they resume.

For any general enquiries, please contact Carmen Donaghy on 07527387053 or email us at portage.service@stockport.gov.uk”

 

Short breaks

Given the Government’s direction and advice around social distancing, community short breaks will cease for the foreseeable future.  This is a rapidly changing situation and the position will be reviewed daily in line with any further government guidance.  Social workers and aiming high workers are in regular contact with all families in receipt of a short break to explain the current situation and assess any issues of support that are required or risk to the child so that plans can be put in place to address these.

if you have any questions or queries about the information provided or for anything else, please contact, please email us at send-ip@stockport.gov.uk