SEND - Health


On this page you will be able to find services that support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Listed below is information about some of the key health services available in Derby. To be a part of the NHS Youth Forum you can visit the NHS webpage. To add your service to the health directory please complete the Local Offer request form

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Disabled Children's Health Visiting Team

Service Criteria

  • The service supports children from birth to five years who have a disability.
  • The service is only available through a referral system

What Disabled Children's Health Visiting Team do

  • Post diagnosis support and information
  • Accessing appropriate disability services and benefits
  • Specialist advice regarding health needs related to the child’s disability for example: sensory issues, learning daily living skills, behaviour management, sleep and toilet training
  • Specialist resources to support daily living activities such as, dental health, going out, and attending appointments
  • Provision of specialist resources to support and enhance understanding such as, visual routines, first and then charts, visual timers and social stories

Referrals will come from -  who can refer?

Ronnie MacKeith Centre
Derbyshire Children’s Hospital
Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 3NE

For more information, visit Disabled Children's Health Visiting Website

Wheelchair Services


We provide specialist wheelchairs to meet the needs of the people of Derby and Derbyshire with specific pastoral problems, complex or multiple disability and long-term conditions.

What we do

The Wheelchair Service is delivered by highly trained health professionals and rehabilitation engineers who have specialist skills, knowledge and experience in the assessment and provision of complex wheelchairs and seating systems.

The type of wheelchair prescribed will be entirely dependent upon the current medical problem and the needs of the client. The overall goal is to find the most appropriate solution for the client, taking account of their clinical and lifestyle needs.

This service is also supported by a responsive repair and maintenance service.

Referrals will come from: GP's, Occupational Therapists or any health professional.

Wheelchair Services
The Manor store
The Manor
Manor Park Way
DE22 3NB
Phone 01332 292080

Wheelchair Services Website

Respite Care


A diagnosed moderate to severe learning disability, or any other condition (such as a life limiting illness). An Early help assessment is required to access this service. Find out more in The Lighthouse Eligibility Criteria

What we do

The Light House is a short break integrated service which supports children with complex health needs including physical disabilities, epilepsy, central feeding, catheter care, tracheostomy care, diabetes and complex medication needs.

The Light House also supports children with autism and or challenging behaviour and children who have associated sensory impairments. A mix of fully trained Nurses and Social Care staff support children during their stay.
This service is a Derby City provision which supports some children from Derbyshire who have a health need.

Light House Service Information Leaflet

Referrals will come from


St Marks Road
DE21 6AL

The Lighthouse Website.


Habilitation Support provided by 'blind children UK'


The child has a visual impairment that is not fully corrected with glasses and attends a Derby City School (not enhanced resources base). The child is supported by a qualified teacher in the visual impairment team part of the Specialist Teaching and Psychology Service (Derby City Council) and is prioritised by the teacher for mobility training.

Support can be offered with:

Mobility and Independent Living Skills

Referrals will come from:

A Qualified Teacher for Visual Impairment employed by the Specialist Teaching and Psychology Service (Derby City Council)


Speech and Language Therapy


If you have a concern about a child or young person’s communication, eating or drinking which requires specialist help we encourage you to speak to your local speech and language therapist or call the advice line, if an assessment is indicated then this will be carried out along with therapy recommendations within 13 weeks of us receiving your referral at our central registration office.

Support can be offered with:

This specialist service is for children and young people who have a communication difficulty which may relate to a speech and/or language delay or disorder or a specific eating or drinking difficulty.

Referrals will come from:

Health Visitors, Teachers and School SENCos


Our Head Office is:
Speech and Language Therapy Dept
The Manor Store
Manor Parkway
DE22 3NB

Speech and Language Therapists Website


Children’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services, Early Years and Derby City team


All children requiring Occupational Therapy assessment and / or treatment as recommended by GP or NHS Consultant.

What we do:

A specialist managed and co-coordinated Community Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy service for children who have:

  • Physical
  • Sensory
  • Perceptual and/or cognitive difficulties
  • and an identified therapy need following assessment by the service

Referrals will come from:

Hospital Consultant or GP written referral


Occupational Therapy Department
Derbyshire Children’s at the Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
De22 3NE

Children’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services Website

Child Clinical Psychology


This is a specialist service. It is accessible to children and/or young people who require intensive help and support

What we do:

  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Complex Neurological disorders
  • Children in contact with Social Care or in Care
  • Children with pre-existing medical conditions, somatic presentations and medically unexplained conditions
  • Children with significant/severe learning disabilities and the most complex behaviour
  • Children with severe psychological distress outside of developmental norms

Referrals will come from:

General Practitioners(GPs), Educational Psychologists, Paediatricians, Acute and Community Social Workers or Psychiatrists


Department of Clinical Psychology
Derbyshire Children's Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 3NE

Child Clinical Psychology Website

The Complex Behaviour Service


0- 19 year olds with learning disabilities and complex, difficult to manage behaviour

What we do:

The service provides intensive support in the family home to facilitate behavioural change. Staff work closely with schools, and providers and carers from other agencies, and can also provide consultation about children not directly referred to the service. A key objective is to enable children to remain in their own families and communities.

Referrals will come from:

General Practitioners (GP)/ Educational Psychologists/ Paediatricians, Acute and Community Social Workers/ Psychiatrists


Complex Behaviour Service
London Road Community Hospital
Level 2
London Road

Complex Behaviour Website


Children’s Audiology


Patients are referred to audiology for a variety of reasons such as parental/professional concerns about hearing, concerns about speech-and language development and concerns about social- and emotional development.

What we do:

  • Hearing Assessments for children aged 0 – 18 years
  • Rehabilitation of hearing impairment for children aged 0-18 years

Referrals will come from:

GP, school nurse, ENT consultant, Speech-and Language Therapists, Teachers of the Deaf, Paediatricians, Health visitors, Nursery nurses.


Children’s Audiology
Children’s Outpatients
Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
Derby. DE22 3NE

Childrens Audiology Website


Disabled Children’s Community Nursing Team


Children aged 5 to 19 years who have a moderate / severe learning disability and/or a physical disability that is complex in nature. The child or young person should be registered with a GP based within Derby City and Southern Derbyshire County.
Support is also offered to parents / carers and other professionals in regards to health and wellbeing needs which cannot be met by universal services.

Referral will come from:

Children and young people are referred who attend mainstream and special school settings.

What we do:

According to the child’s needs an initial assessment may be completed with parents/carers.
This assessment will enable an individualised action plan to be completed for the child / family.

The Action Plan may include:

  • Multi-agency meetings
  • Observations being undertaken of the child at home or in school
  • Further ‘nurse identified’ assessments, and health planning may be required for example: continence, behaviour, sleep, loss and bereavement
  • Individualised strategies for specific areas of support may be given to parents.
  • Signposting to other appropriate services.
  • Training / loan in learning support packages for example: growing up / puberty; change, loss and bereavement, ‘Be Clean’ and Keep Safe’ issues.
  • Parent Programme participation

All elements of nurse intervention will be fully explored with parents and carers.

We offer support, consultation and joint visits to our universal colleagues, and have collected and developed a variety of resources which can be free loaned to others.

We undertake ‘Disability Awareness Sessions’ within primary school settings.
We offer training to other professionals.

Referrals will come from:

Parents/carers, other professionals- we use a referral form


Disabled Children’s Community Nursing Team
Floor 2, East Point,
Cardinal Square,


Palliative Care


Patients with advanced, progressive and life-limiting illnesses, both cancer and non-cancer, their carers and families.

What we do:

Palliative Care is the care of patients with advanced, progressive illnesses that considers the unique needs of patients and their family / loved ones
It includes:

  • the management of pain and other symptoms such as psychological,
  • social and spiritual support, focuses on quality of life and living as actively as possible until death
  • involves all health professionals providing care and is available in all clinical settings
  • end of life care
  • bereavement care

Referrals come form:

The primary care team / GP and should be made to the team secretary by telephone. Patients must be aware of and agreeable to the referral


Letters to:
Community Palliative Care Team
Cancer divisional offices
Level 3 M & G, Office Suite B
Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 3NE
Out of hours advice can be sought via the Nightingale Macmillan Unit 24 hour advice line: 01332 786040

Specialist palliative care webpage
The community palliative care team webpage 

Rainbows Hospice


Rainbows offer services and support to children, young people and their families when a child or young person has a life-limiting condition and is expected to not live far into adulthood. We’re here to help children and their families who live in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, north Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Rutland

What we do:

East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, Rainbows is a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. Our incredible team of people helps relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, support parents and siblings through their bereavements and care for children until the end.

Referrals come from:

Referrals can be made by anyone involved with the child and family, including the family themselves. Rainbows will then obtain the information we need from the child’s GP and consultant. And one of our nurses will visit the family to tell them about us and learn more about the child.


Rainbows Hospice
Lark Rise
LE11 2HS
Phone: 01509 638 000

Rainbows Website

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Personal Health Budgets

Personal Health Budgets have been available to children and adults accessing NHS continuing healthcare since October 2014. Based on the positive outcomes of these Personal Health Budgets, NHS England introduced legislation offering them to people diagnosed with one or more long term health condition who could benefit.

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support your identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS team. The aim is to give people with long-term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive.

If you have any questions, would like to apply for a personal health budget, or would like to receive this information in any other format, please contact Tina Brown or Sarah Carrington on 01332 868 756, or email

Alternatively, you can complete the below application form. Guidance notes have also been provided to help you.
PHB Application Support Plan
PHB Guidance Notes  

To find out more about the Clinical Commissioning Group visit the Derbyshire Local Offer


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