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Specialist Health Advisors for SEND

SERVICE

Who is the service for?

We support children and young people who are identified as having additional education, health and care needs.

We help children, young people and their families who need an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) to understand their health needs that may impact their education.

These will be children and young people who are not already known to one of our health teams.

What we do

The role of the specialist health advisors is to gather the health information the local authority needs to understand health factors influencing a child’s education in relation to the Joint Outcomes Framework.

Resources

Click on a link below to view a list of resources for the following subjects:

South Glos Parent Carers

Parent carer forum supporting parent carers of children (aged 0-25) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Bristol Parent Carers

Parent carer forum offering support and information to families of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

North Somerset Parent Carers Working Together

Representing parent carers to create better outcomes for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities.

Related services

The following services may be of interest:

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Information and signposting

You can find information about the Specialist Health Advisors for SEND team in our leaflet library,  in the resources below, or find more help via these external links.

Referral to the team can only be accessed via the Local Authority Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) process.

The Joint Outcomes Framework is designed to help children, young people and their families understand how the support they receive from professionals and services work together to help them reach their full potential.

If you are a parent or carer, you will be put in contact with a member of the team by your Local Authority SEND caseworker as part of the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment process (EHCNA).

If your child is currently supported by another Sirona service, it will be that service who will make the health report to support your child’s EHCNA.

For more information please see:

Getting help

Further advice and support can be accessed through your child’s School Special Education Needs Coordinator.

Getting more help (more extensive goal-based help)

If your child is referred to the team, we will review all the reports submitted to the Local Authority and your child’s health record to help better understand your child’s needs. They will then arrange a telephone call with you and ask a selection of questions to ensure nothing is missed as part of the decision-making process.

As part of their contribution, the team member may make recommendations to support your child’s health needs, this may include referral to another health service or signposting to services that could help you now or in the future. No matter what the findings of your assessment, you’ll have options for the next step.

See our animation on what to expect with an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment for more information.

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Referral to the team can only be accessed via the local authority SEND process for  Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment.

SHAS will accept Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment requests for all children that are:

  • Unknown to any Sirona or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
  • On an active waiting list but not yet seen by a Community Paediatrician, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist.
  • On the Autism Spectrum Disorder waiting list.
  • On the Community Paediatrician ‘open list’ where they have not been seen for 12 months.

The Specialist Health Advisors are unable to assess children and young people who are known to CAMHS or on a CAMHS waiting list.

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