There are two different organisations that commission (design, buy and monitor) the services described on these pages. For more information about these organisations and the work they do please use the links below:
- Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group
- South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group
If you are looking for information about how we support students with medical conditions please see the ‘Supporting students with medical conditions‘ tab below. The Health Conditions in Schools Alliance gives guidance and tools to school staff who support children with medical conditions.
- ServicesSupporting students with medical conditions
A range of services are commissioned from a number of providers by a variety of commissioning organisations to help support your child. Some that you might find useful are detailed below. If you don’t find what you are looking for on this list click on the provider organisation name to see an expanded list of the services that they provide. Where specified below there are differing services for children/ young people and families living in South Devon – if you are unsure which area you fall under either service should be able to advise you.
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – services for children and young
- people experiencing mental health problems.
- Rehabilitation Officers for Visually Impaired Children (ROVIC) – habilitation services for children and young people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or have multiple impairments.
- Palliative Care – care and support for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
- Specialist Children’s Assessment Centres – for children aged 0 – 5 years with significant developmental difficulties. South Devon children will come under Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust’s John Parkes Unit Child Development Centre
- Community Children’s Nursing Service – for children with a wide range of complex health conditions. South Devon children/ young people will come under Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust’s Children’s Community Nursing Team.
- Autistic Spectrum Condition Diagnostic Service – for diagnosis
- Occupational Therapy – for children and young people with physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive and social needs that affect their functional abilities and impact on their daily life. South Devon Children/ young people will come under Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust’s Occupational Therapy Team where their needs are health related.
- Learning Disability Nursing – advice and support for families and professionals
- Speech and Language Therapy – for children and young people who are experiencing difficulties with speech, language, communication and with feeding and swallowing. Most South Devon children/ young people will come under Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trusts Speech and Language Therapy Team
- Complex Care Team
- Health Visitors and School Nurses
- School Nurses – core offer
The Early Help for Mental Health (EH4MH) programme aims to build resilience in children and young people by tackling mental health issues before they become more serious. It uses a range of approaches, including face-to-face counselling, online support and self-help advice and guidance. The programme also offers comprehensive help to schools, offering training, advice and clinical supervision, and raising awareness of emotional health and wellbeing among the school workforce in order to help change the culture around mental health. The EH4MH service is split into two elements:
- school support, delivered by Virgin Care, supports staff in all Devon schools to develop their knowledge of mental health conditions affecting young people and strategies for supporting children with early signs of mental and emotional stress;
- direct support, delivered by Young Devon and Xenzone, gives secondary school aged young people access to self-help tools, good information, online counselling and appropriate levels of support (online via KOOTH.com and face-to-face via Young Devon).
- Anxiety-Based School Avoidance (ABSA) – Guide for parents, professionals and young people
- Special Educational Needs Support Team – support with communication and interaction, behaviour support, physical difficulties, deaf and hearing impared
- Perinatal mental health service – for pregnant women concerned about their emotional or mental wellbeing
- Depression and anxiety – if you’re low in mood, stressed, anxious or depressed
- Eating disorders
- Learning disability
- Liaison psychiatry
- Specialist Gender Identity Clinic
- Sexual medicine
- Devon Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – for over 18s
- Personality disorder
As well as the services listed above, there are many other organisations and groups that can provide other or extra support. For more information about these please use Pinpoint.Help and advice
Babcock LDP is commissioned by Devon County Council to improve the outcomes for vulnerable children, as part of a broader school improvement and inclusion support service. Their services include support for children with physical disabilities, deaf and hearing impairment and visual impairment.
Devon County Council also has a Education for Children with Medical Needs policy which describes its statutory responsibilities in assessing the needs of children who are unable to attend school and making suitable provision to address those needs.
- Post-16 Distance Learning Offer for Young People with Medical Conditions
- The Distance Learning Offer is for those young people who are confirmed by medical evidence as unable (due to their condition) to attend a physical school and for whom it is considered that the InterHigh provision is the only route to access education. It is post-16 provision aiming to support the young person to complete GCSEs or A levels, dependent upon their completed stage in education at the point of application. The course fees with InterHigh and exam fees are included in a confirmed offer. It is not a replacement for the SEND offer or provision but rather for those who fall between the gap of EHCP plans and mainstream education.
Dawn Stabb is Devon’s officer responsible for the education of children with additional health needs.
Laraine Dibble is the Designated Medical Officer for South Devon and Torbay CCG.
Jane Dunlop is the Designated Medical Officer for NEW Devon CCG.
If you would like help and advice on how to access any of these services you can access support from the provider Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS):
- Virgin care PALS
- Northern Devon Healthcare Trust PALS
- Royal Devon and Exeter PALS
- Plymouth Hospitals Trust PALS
- Devon Partnerships Trust PALS
- Torbay and South Devon FT PALS
If your query or concern is about the commissioning of services then contact:
Alternatively, for more general information and support you can contact:
- NHS Choices
- NHS Go app – health information for young people
- Citizens Advice Devon
- Try the HandiApp a useful tool that helps you to decide what help you need if your child is ill
- If you want to get your voice heard go to Healthwatch
- For peer support and a louder voice you might also be interested in joining Devon Parent Carer Voice
- Local libraries