There are a number of Health Services designed specifically to support children and young people. If you are worried about the health and wellbeing of your child, you can speak to your early years setting, children’s centre staff, school staff, health visitor or school nurse or your health professional.
If they are unable to help your child themselves, they can make a referral to more specialist health services, such as Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals - Children's Services
You can find what health services are available on the BTH childrens services website.
Designated Clinical Officer
The role of the Designated Clinical Officer is to listen to children, young people, families and professionals so that health services offer the right provision to ensure that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are able to reach their goals and achieve their outcomes.
Community Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy
The community Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy team work with Children with long term and life limiting conditions and mobility problems.
Physiotherapy helps to manage pain and maintain mobility.
Occupational Therapy can help you take part in day to day activities such as playing, eating, going to school and continue to grow and develop.
Audiology is the science of hearing and vestibular (balance) function. Audiology services provide a range of hearing tests for all ages (from birth upwards) and vestibular (balance) function testing. We also work with individuals giving rehabilitation for hearing difficulties in the form of hearing aids, information and advice, tinnitus management and help with balance problems.
The Audiology Department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is located in Area 1 of main outpatients, next to the ear, nose and throat clinic.
A paediatric consultant is a senior doctor who has spent a lot of time studying and working with poorly children. Some consultants have specialist areas, this means that they know and study a lot about a specific illness or condition and are the best people to see patients who have those conditions.
If your child has special educational needs or a disability then they are probably under the care of a paediatrician who will ask to see your child for regular reviews
CAMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing.
Children and young people may need help with a wide range of issues at different points in their lives.
Parents and carers may also need help and advice to deal with behavioural or other problems their child is experiencing.
Parents, carers and young people can receive direct support through CAMHS.
Mental health services are free on the NHS, but in some cases you'll need a referral from your GP to access them.
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)
The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service is for children with speech, language, communication and/or eating and drinking difficulties.
Speech and Language Therapists work with children who have difficulties with any aspect of speech, language or communication development. This might include:
- Children who are taking longer than expected to learn to talk.
- Children with limited vocabulary, who struggle to form sentences, or who get their words and sentences muddled up.
- Children who find it difficult to understand what others are saying.
- Children who struggle to communicate socially with others.
- Children who struggle to say certain sounds or make themselves understood.
- Children who stammer.
- Children who have problems with their voice.
The aim of the Speech and Language Therapist is to help the child or young person to reach their full potential by providing assessment, diagnosis and intervention through programmes of activities, individual or group therapy and advice and support.
National Deaf CAMHS
National Deaf CAMHS is a highly specialised mental health service for deaf children and young people with mental health issues. The service also accepts referrals for hearing children of deaf parents (see below for who this service is for).
The service operates a team around the child and family model, employing deaf and hearing staff (including psychiatrists, psychologists, specialist deaf outreach workers, nurses, social workers and interpreters) to ensure that the child and family can work in their first or preferred language in a culturally sensitive way to address their mental health needs.
The service in the north has centre's in Manchester, Newcastle and York and covers the north of England, from the north Wales border across to north Lincolnshire and up to the Scottish border. The service is flexible about where meetings and sessions take place, so it does not matter whether you live close to a centre or not.
Families can contact the service directly for advice and information about the service but referrals must be made through a professional. This can be any professional the child, young person or family is working with and include G.P, pediatrician, teacher, school or social worker.