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Encountering hospitals as a parent can be as much a scary place for you as it is for your child.

How annoying and frustrating can it be when your consultant says im going to refer you to the..........

At this point your sitting there thinking OK but what do they do?Confused



We have compiled a brief guide to help you understand who's who and if you want to add more feel welcome.

Clinical psychologist - health professional who helps children who have specific problems with learning or behaviour difficulties such as children with ADHD and ASD.

Communication support worker - works alongside teachers to provide sign language support for young deaf children in nursery or school.

Dietician - health professional who gives advice about nutrition and swallowing or feeding difficulties and can advise on pump feeding if required and specialist diets for certain condition's.

Educational psychologist - Can help children who are experiencing problems at school. Can advise about school placement and your child getting the right support at school and can set foundations for the SEN policy.

Geneticist - may be involved in diagnosis, and a genetic counsellor may be involved if you're planning any more children and you have a child with an exsisting condition.

Key worker - coordinates services from different areas, including health, education and social services. Will act as a main point of contact for professionals working with your family, and ensure information about your child is shared where necessary.

Learning disability nurses - specialist nurses who work with children and adults with a learning disability and with their families,also they can locate local services that can benefit your child and family.


Named officer - contact person at your local education authority if it issues a statement of special educational needs (SEN) for your child.

Occupational therapist - assess and treat physical conditions to help your child with independent movement and related life-skills,they also work with local council department if you request any amendments to your property.

Orthopaedist - help treat children's musculo-skeletal problems

Paediatric occupational therapist - help children who have difficulties with everyday activities, such as sitting, holding cutlery or drinking from a cup. Assess for and advise on specialist equipment that might help your child, and advise on lifting and handling your child safely.

Paediatrician - doctor who specialises in working with babies and children. Often the first point of contact for families of children with special needs. May diagnose your child's condition and refer you to specialist services relevant to your child's disability.

Paediatric neurologist - doctor who specialises in how the brain works in very young children.

Physiotherapist - assess and assist disabled children with movement disorders, disability or illness and help them to reach their full potential.

Portage visitors - provide a home-visiting service for pre-school children with special needs to assess and develop their skills.

Qualified teacher of the visually impaired - provide specialist help for children with visual impairments.

Speech and language therapist - expert advice and help with your child's speech development, including eating and swallowing, pre-language communication and alternative communication.

SENCO (special educational needs coordinator) - responsible for delivering the most appropriate education for children with special needs and managing the special educational needs (SEN) assessment and administration.

Social workers - can be involved in helping with organising respite care and supporting families of children with special needs with any additional needs and help parents meet those needs
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Hi Daniel do you know what a 'single point of access nurse' does? as i have one coming to see my son next week and havn't a clue what for lol !
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(10-14-2009, 06:50 PM)bec_t Wrote: Hi Daniel do you know what a 'single point of access nurse' does? as i have one coming to see my son next week and havn't a clue what for lol !
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I believe its quite a new role following a trial in Halton and St Helens.

I believe the role to basically be somebody who co-ordinates all services and is basically your single contact for all services.
They co-ordinate all services with Doctors and hospital and any other services you may require.
I suppose its a bit like Ronseal it does what it says on the tin:Wink
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Thanks this is helpful, to know as all the names and titles seem to get stuck in to one!
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Remember as well members if you can add any feel free
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