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The Red Rose Wellbeing and Clinical Services Hub

Our Team

Within the North West Hub we have a wide range of Wellbeing and Clinical Services that our schools, care homes and foster agencies can access. Within our team we have Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Psychotherapists including a Play Psychotherapist.

Our team is supported by Wellbeing Co-Ordinator’s who are all psychotherapists working within the Hub, and a Wellbeing and Clinical Lead, who is a SALT, who supports wellbeing and clinical intervention across the region. Our Regional Lead is a Clinical Psychologist who supports where required with clinical input and intervention as well as managing the wider team.

Our Aims

The Hub aims to provide a comprehensive centralised therapy service with the allocation of, and access to, a range of specialist clinicians who can provide a range of therapy services directly into provisions as needed.
Services delivered from the Hub:
• Meet the needs of the children and young people in our care
• Be holistically integrated into the settings we support
• Provide clinical excellence with interventions that are effective and in line with best practice.
• Support our settings to achieve successful outcomes
• Are underpinned by the OFG Wellbeing Rainbow Strategy

Accessing Hub Support

The Hub utilises a comprehensive referral system where new admissions are automatically raised to the Hub where intervention is identified on Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP’s) and then this intervention is provided by an appropriate clinician. The service is also open to referrals from provisions where concern has been raised, and the Hub analyses the information to decide the appropriate level of support required as well as the appropriate next steps. This two-tiered approach provides a comprehensive level of support to our children and young people region wide.

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What We Do

Speech and language therapists play an important role in supporting schools to meet the needs of children with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and in supporting good practice across universal, enhanced and specialist approaches.

SLTs play a key role in diagnosis of children with different speech, language and communication needs. All children need environments which support development of speech, language and communication skills; this can make a difference for typically developing children as well as those with SLCN.

Speech and language therapists are key partners for schools/local authorities where they can:

  • Support senior leaders to ensure communication-supportive practice throughout their school or setting and support long-term planning for children with SLCN.
  • Provide assessment, including screening or more specific assessment of individuals to determine specific areas of need and strategies to support development.
  • Input to formal assessment processes for children who have long-term SLCN and who may need a statement of special educational needs.
  • Provide workforce development, including training, coaching and modelling support for other adults.
  • Deliver programmes for specific groups or individuals.
  • Work closely with families and other professionals.
  • Support good practice in the classroom.
  • Work with others to support targeted interventions and support for children.
  • Play a vital role in working directly with the child with specific SLCN as well as support the teachers and teaching assistants to differentiate the curriculum appropriately, and provide necessary training.

About the team:

Paula Walker – Wellbeing and Clinical Lead & SALT

Emma Brassington -Owens – Specialist SALT

Niamh Aryton – SALT

Rubana Khatun – SALT

What We Do

The goal of Occupational Therapy (OT) is to enable young people to participate in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing at home and in school.
Daily life for everyone is made up of many activities or occupations for children or young people can include;

  • Self-care (getting ready to go out, eating a meal, using the toilet).
  • Being productive (going to nursery or school, or volunteering)
  • Leisure – playing with friends or doing hobbies.

Occupational Therapists are key partners for schools/local authorities where they can:

  • Work with the child, parents, care workers and teachers to find solutions to minimise the difficulties children face, helping them get the most from life
  • Provide assessment, including screening or more specific assessment of individuals to determine specific need and strategies to support development.
  • Adapt and adjust environments to improve functional performance and manage sensory processing needs
  • Provide support and advice for daily activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, cooking, working and learning, anxiety management and relaxation
  • Provide intervention in the most appropriate context relative to need
  • Provide workforce development, including training, coaching and modelling support for other adults.
  • Support good practice in the classroom.
  • Support educational target setting and evaluation
  • Input to formal assessment processes for children who have long-term SLCN and who may need a statement of special educational needs.

About the team:

We have two qualified Occupational Therapists allocated to the Hub.

What We Do

Psychotherapist’s offer valuable contributions to understanding and managing the overwhelming demands placed on teachers and others who work in schools. As well as facilitating therapy with children and adolescents, Psychotherapists can deliver direct work with parents and families. Drawing on their knowledge in mental health and emotional well-being, Psychotherapists can offer consultations to staff to enhance their understanding of the pupils presentations / behaviours and support Staff in responding to children and young people’s wellbeing needs.

Who is it for?

Psychotherapy and Psychotherapy consultations can support children with a wide range of social and emotional difficulties and those with the below presenting issues:
Attachment difficulties, Communication problems- including selective mutism, Low self-esteem, low self-worth, withdrawal and disassociation, Separation/ Bereavement, Children and young people suffering from nightmares and enuresis (bed-wetting), children with violent behaviours, Children who have been impacted by trauma/abuse, Delayed development, Pupils at risk from exclusion from school/ receiving unauthorised absences, Anxiety, Stress, Phobias, Self-Harm, Pupils with serious illness/ severe disabilities

Types of Psychotherapy within the Hub include talking therapies, DBT Therapy, Play Therapy, Relational Therapy through use of creative materials and sand trays.

About the team:

Tennille Burton, Wellbeing Co-Ordinator & Psychotherapist

Andrea Edwards, Wellbeing Co-Ordinator & Psychotherapist

Lisa Astwood, Play Psychotherapist

Jenny Wright, Art Psychotherapist

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