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Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Children's Services

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Listed below are the Children's services provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. 

  • If you require information regarding special educational needs or disability please click here
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND) - Improvement Plan 2018


Starting Well

0-5 Health Visiting  
A county wide service providing universal services as part of the Healthy Child Programme from antenatal to starting school. This includes an antenatal contact, new birth visit, breastfeeding support, new born hearing screening, developmental checks and targeted support for vulnerable families.

5-19 School Health Nursing
A county wide School Health Nursing service which focuses on health promotion. We run drop-in services to secondary schools, carry out health reviews on school aged 'looked- after' children, and we participate in the provision of services for children who are subject to Child Protection plans and Child in Need plans.

Breastfeeding Support 
Provide high standard of care so that pregnant women and mothers get the support and information needed to enable them to breastfeed successfully for as long as they wish.    


School Age Audiology   
A hearing assessment in reception year and targeted assessment of pre school and school aged children in the community

Starting Well Plus 
Starting Well Plus is a new voluntary programme in Worcestershire developed with support and kind permission from Ripplez CIC Family First service. This programme is specifically for those under 25 years old expecting their first baby or having their first experience of parenting.

You will have a specially trained Health Visitor who will help you understand all about your pregnancy and how to look after yourself and your baby at this important time.

Your Health Visitor will provide you with information and support you to make decisions which help you to have a healthy pregnancy, improve your child’s health and development and plan your own future.


Specialist Nurses for Looked After Children
A countywide service based within the multiagency Integrated Service for Looked After Children Health and Wellbeing team. Working with Worcestershire's Looked after Children aged 5 – 19 yrs to complete their statutory health assessments, support their physical, mental and emotional health, and by working with colleagues contribute to the safeguarding of this vulnerable group.

Children with Disability and/or Complex Needs

Paediatric Occupational Therapy  
A countywide service for the assessment and treatment of children and young people who require occupational therapy to achieve their goals. The service includes play therapists in the Wyre Forest area. Paediatric Occupational Therapy also includes specialist play services countrywide.

Paediatric Physiotherapy  
A countywide service for the assessment and treatment of children and young people who require physiotherapy to achieve their goals. Paediatric Physiotherapists have a holistic approach to treatment, which means looking at the child’s physical and mental well-being together, not in isolation. Assessment and treatment is to promote independence and help every child achieve their potential.

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy  
A service for children and young people with speech language and communication needs. Provided for pre school children from Children's Centres and in school for school aged children and young people. Training provided for schools and external agencies.

Community Paediatrics  
A county wide secondary care service providing specialist health assessment and therapeutic input for children with learning and physical disability. Assessment and support for children within the looked after system as well as providing advice to the adoption and fostering panels. Statutory advice to the education department when assessing children needs within school. Medical assessment for children with hearing loss. 

Ludlow Road 
Six-bedded short break unit in Kidderminster providing short breaks for children and young people with learning disability, physical disability and complex health needs.




Orchard Service   
Children's community nursing and palliative care team to prevent admission, aid discharge and for palliative and end of life care.  The service includes a Support for Families Team alongside the nursing teams comprising a play specialist, social worker and clinical psychologist. The Orchard Service also includes the Home Support Team which cares for children in their own homes overnight.   


Special School Nursing  
Special School Nurses are usually based in special schools. They deliver the healthy child program, health promotion and deliver specific training and competency assessment to enable school staff to meet the additional care needs of children and young people. This enable children and young people with complex disabilities to access education irrespective of their care needs, enabling all to achieve their full educational potential.

Child Development 
Child Development Centres provide a holistic assessment of pre-school aged children with physical disability on an individual basis and whilst part of a group. The Child Development Centres (CDC) themselves are resource buildings containing a number of rooms used by clinicians working with Children for clinics and groups. One of the core services running out of these buildings are the Child Development Centre groups, run by Specialist Nursery Nurses with support, intervention and supervision from other professionals such as Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. 

Umbrella Service 
The Umbrella Pathway (Neuro-Developmental Assessment) has been developed to provide an assessment,  process for all children and young people presenting with neuro-developmental disorders which may be due to Autism Spectrum conditions (not ADHD)The Umbrella Pathway is managed within the Community Paediatric Department.