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Specialist Community Paediatric Teams

Specialist Community Paediatric Teams work together with the teams around children and young people to meet their health and wellbeing needs. The teams are made up of different health professionals including Nursing Teams, Occupational Therapists, Paediatricians, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

Children and young people might be seen by one or more of these professionals as needed.

Nursing Teams

Nursing Teams

There are 4 different nursing teams working within 4 pathways of care in the community. These teams are the:

  • Additional Support for Learning (ASL) Nurses (including Mainstream Nurse Trainers)
  • Community Children Nurses (CCNs)
  • Disability Nurses
  • Health for all Nurses.

Additional Support for Learning (ASL) Nursing Team

The Additional Support for Learning (ASL) Nursing Teams all align to the Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs). They work in the geographical areas and teams. In Glasgow, there are 11 ASL schools. There are 3 ASL schools in the Clyde areas. These schools are attended by children with various complex needs/physical impairments/visual impairments and learning disabilities.

The ASL Nursing Team provide training, advice and support to Education staff to enable children and young people with complex needs to access their education. They also carry out the school-aged immunisation schedule within the ASL schools.
The team carry out Nurse-Led Assessments offering a holistic overview of health and social needs. They offer support, advice, training, referral and signposting as appropriate. This is in collaboration with the Community Paediatricians who assess children at specific points in the child’s school career and may see the more complex children and young people if appropriate. The team provide support packages for sleep difficulties and develop individual sleep programmes. The team also carry out regular health screening such as height, weight and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) screening for children and young people with Down’s Syndrome.

The ASL Mainstream Nurse Training (MNT) team also provide training, advice and support for Nurseries/Family Centres, Mainstream Schools and Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) schools. They also carry out Nurse-Led Assessments where beneficial to the child and family.

Referrals to the MNT team are received from various routes including:

  • Education
  • Specialist Nurses at the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC)
  • Other medical/nursing colleagues
  • Educational Psychology

Contact details for Mainstream Nurse Trainers:
ggc.mainstreamnursetrainers@nhs.scot
0141 800 0743 (with answer machine facility)

Community Children Nursing (CCN) Team

The Community Children Nurses across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) area support children and young people aged 0-18 years. They support healthcare within the home/community setting where a need has been identified.

They support services across NHSGGC locations for acute and short term conditions;

  • Children with long-term/chronic conditions who require treatment monitoring, advice and support.
  • Children with complex needs and exceptional complex care needs who require continuing care.
  • Children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses, including palliative and end-of-life care.
  • Transitions into adult care.

The team provide individual, person-centred holistic nursing incorporating; assessment; treatment; monitoring; advice and support and education and training. The staff work in partnership with parents and carers and a wide range of professionals that work around the child. The initial home visit will be by a qualified nurse who will carry out a holistic assessment and then plan ongoing risk and health care needs.

Referrals to the service are received from a hospital letter, clinics, discharge letters, EMIS referrals, email, post and telephone. They come from a number of sources, such as:

  • Acute and community services
  • Primary health care
  • Allied health professionals
  • Parents/Carers
  • Specialist nurses
  • Education services
  • Professionals out with NHS GGC board area
  • Other specialist children services

CCN Services Locations

Glasgow

4th Floor
West Glasgow ACH
3 Dalnair Street
Glasgow
G3 8SJ

Inverclyde

Skylark Centre
L-North
Inverclyde Royal Hospital
Larkfield Road
Greenock
PA16 0XN

Tel No 01475 505065

ggc.ccninver@nhs.scot

Renfrewshire

Aranthrue Centre
103 Paisley Road
Renfrew
Renfrewshire
PA4 8LH

West Dunbartonshire

Acorn Centre
Vale of Leven Hospital
Main Street
Alexandria
West Dunbartonshire
G83 0UA

Disability Nurses

The Disability Nurses work as part of the specialist community paediatric teams across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. They are located across the 7 child development centres.

They support newly identified children and young people with neuro-disability or developmental concerns and suspected neurodevelopmental conditions. They use a holistic person-centred approach to complete an initial assessment. A full developmental history and background is taken to identify concerns and future needs. This helps to identify which professionals need to be involved in the child’s care.

The team then supports robust assessment, diagnosis, advice, onward signposting and referral. They also advocate for the child or young person. They support ongoing reviews and interventions.

The team also support ongoing care and reviews for children with complex disability. The nurses work closely with paediatricians and AHPs to support the provision for children and their families. They do this by having a strong understanding of the needs of the local area.

They may take on the health lead professional role to support vulnerable and complex children with neuro-disabilities, developmental disorders, long-term conditions and physical disabilities. They also work closely with social work colleagues to support those who are care experienced and at risk.

Referrals come from a range of professionals including:

  • Health Visitors
  • School Nurses
  • GPs
  • Neonatal and Hospital Professionals
  • Education Professionals
  • Social work

The Disability Nurses report to referrers and GPs via standardised reports to ensure appropriate communication. These reports are also shared with parents/carers.

Disability Nurses Services Locations

Glasgow

Bridgeton Child Centre
201 Abercromby Street
Glasgow
G40 2DA
Tel No 0141 531 6550

New Gorbals Health and Care Centre
2 Sandiefield Road
Glasgow
G5 9AB
Tel No 0141 201 5000

West Centre
60 Kinfauns Drive
Glasgow
G15 7TS
Tel No 0141 207 7100

Woodside Health and Care Centre
891 Garscube Road
Glasgow
G20 7ER
Tel No 0141 201 5665

Inverclyde

Skylark Centre
L-North
Inverclyde Royal Hospital
Larkfield Road
Greenock
PA16 0XN

Tel No 01475 505140

ggc.skylarkcentre@nhs.scot

Renfrewshire

Aranthrue Centre
103 Paisley Road
Renfrew
Renfrewshire
PA4 8LH

Tel No 0141 886 5921

West Dunbartonshire

Acorn Centre
Vale of Leven Hospital
Main Street
Alexandria
West Dunbartonshire
G83 0UA

Tel No 01389 817367

The Health for all Teams

This unique nursing and medical service supports the holistic health assessment of care experienced children and young people. The children and young people may live in kinship care, foster care, residential units or specialist units. The team also support unaccompanied minors, and asylum-seeking young people. The team aims to improve health outcomes for these children and young people. They use standardised assessment tools and early interventions. They also use a GIRFEC approach and a trauma-informed approach. Using these approaches they support #the promise, to ensure the best possible care and collaboration for care-experienced children and young people.

Referrals come from Social Work Services. There is close communication and joint planning for this population.

The services are delivered from 4 locations in NHSGGC.

Health for All Team Base
Children’s Services Suite
3rd floor above maternity unit
Vale of Leven Hospital
Main Street
Alexandria
G83 0UA

Occupational Therapy

The role of  Occupational Therapists working with children and young people is to provide intervention, support and/or advice to children and young people (0-18 years) and their families, where there is a disability or impairment which impacts their performance and participation in everyday activities of life.

An initial consultation will be offered to discuss the child/young person’s identified needs and plan the next steps.

Advice and strategies are offered to children/young people, families, education staff and other professionals working closely with the child/young person; this provides them with the information they need to improve the child/young person’s wellbeing.

Occupational Therapy is offered to children/young people who are having difficulty joining in with the activities they need and want to do every day e.g. dressing, using cutlery, completing jigsaws, riding a bike, and writing.

The Occupational Therapy team also offer advice and information to nurseries and schools to develop the staff’s knowledge of some of the difficulties the children/young people may have and how they can support them to join in these environments.

Physiotherapy

Children’s Physiotherapy is the management and care of babies, children and young people from birth to 18 years or school leaving age (some young people may be directed to adult services as appropriate).

Physiotherapists work together with children, young people, their families and others involved in their care. They support children and young people to reach their physical potential.

The Physiotherapy Team is made up of Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Clinical Support Workers. If needed, the child/young person will be allocated to a named Physiotherapist. This Physiotherapist will help to support you and your child/young person. They will work alongside the team around your child/young person.

Speech and Language Therapy

Children and young people can have speech, language and communication issues. These issues can stop them from joining in with others and participating in daily life. Some children do not understand what is being said to them or struggle to put words together. A child’s speech may be hard to understand or they may find interaction difficult. Children with communication difficulties may need Speech and Language Therapy.

Speech and Language Therapists assess and support children and young people with communication and/or eating and drinking difficulties.

Sometimes a child’s communication difficulties can have an impact on their everyday life. The Speech and Language Therapy team can offer advice and information to families, nurseries and schools. We will always give advice and ideas on how to support children and young people in their everyday life.