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Health services for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Peterborough has a wide range of health services for children and young people from 0-25 years including GPs, pharmacists, dentists, optometrists and hospital services. These services are known as ‘universal’ because they are available to everyone.  To find your nearest service go to NHS Choices and enter your postcode.

Children with special educational needs and disabilities will need support from different health services at different stages in their lives.  Descriptions of health professionals who may be involved in healthcare for children and young people with disabilities are shown below.

MyHealth Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

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A new app to help people find NHS services in the Cambridge & Peterborough area has been launched by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG. The app is designed for iPhone and iPad and you can download it from the Apple app store.

The app provides up-to-date information about the locations and opening times of a range of health services in the area.

It will show you services which are currently open, and also services which are currently closed, but that will open soon or the next day. Where a service has multiple opening times in a day such as morning and evening, two entries will appear as a choice for users.


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Parents of young people are being urged to remember the importance of getting the right immunisations for their child.

The advice comes from the Healthy Peterborough campaign, which was set up by the council to help residents tackle common health problems.

Research from around the world shows that immunisation is the safest way to protect your child’s health.

One important area is for parents to have their daughters vaccinated with the human papilloma virus (HPV) jab to prevent cervical cancer later in life.

Cervical cancer is still the leading cause of death in women aged under 35 years in the UK - deaths which can be prevented with the HPV vaccination, combined with regular cervical screening.

In order to protect women from developing cervical cancer the HPV vaccine is recommended for all girls from the age of twelve years up to their 18th birthday.

Vaccines are routinely offered to everyone in the UK free of charge on the NHS. Try to have your vaccinations delivered on time to ensure protection. If you're not going to be able to get to the GP surgery when a vaccination is due, talk to your doctor, as it may be possible to arrange to have the vaccination at a different time. If you've missed a vaccination it is possible to catch up.

For further information, advice and support on making healthy lifestyle choices, visit the Healthy Peterborough website.

Health Visitors and School Nurses

Health Visitors

The Peterborough Health Visiting Service is a universal health service for all children aged 0-5 years and their parents/carers. Working closely with the school nursing service for school-age children, health visitors aim to optimise health and promote learning through well-being and inclusion.

School Nurses

The Peterborough School Nursing Service is a universal health service for children and young people and their parents that aims to optimise health and promote learning through well-being and inclusion.  Services include:

  • School entry screening
  • HPV vaccination programmes for girls in year 8
  • Meningitis C booster
  • Flu vaccines
  • Height, weight, vision and hearing checks
  • Drop-in sessions to discuss physical and emotional health

Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. CAMHS are the NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

CAMHS support covers depression, problems with food, self-harm, abuse, violence or anger, bipolar, schizophrenia and anxiety, to name a few.

There are local NHS CAMHS services around the UK, with teams made up of nurses, therapists, pyschologists, support workers and social workers, as well as other professionals.  In Peterborough this service is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

You can find lots more information on the Young Minds website.

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being support service for children and young people available free at the point of use. An early intervention solution, Kooth helps to reduce waiting times for young people seeking help while removing the stigma associated with accessing mental health support.

CHUMS Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People provides therapeutic support in a variety of ways.  CHUMS has developed a unique service delivery model to ensure that children and young people are able to access a service that supports their individual needs.  

Physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists


Paediatric Speech and Language Therapists provide speech and language therapy
to children and young people who have speech, language and communication needs and feeding difficulties.

Paediatric Physiotherapists work with children presenting with general developmental delay, disorder of movement or disability due to any diagnosis, or illness for which physiotherapy intervention is indicated.

Occupational Therapists work with children and young people with specific challenges in achieving skills and abilities needed to live a meaningful life.

Childrens Community Nurses

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Children's Community Nurses provide nursing to children with complex needs at home.

They provide care for children and young people from 0-16 years old who:need acute short-term interventions to enable them to be cared for at home

  • have complex healthcare needs/long-term conditions requiring nursing support/
  • require palliative and end-of-life care

Community Paediatricians

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The Peterborough Child Development Unit assesses and manages children (0-5 years) who live in Peterborough city or north Cambridgeshire who have significant problems with development.  Services at the Peterborough Child Development Centre are available for children aged 0-5 years provided they are not in school. 

Children must live within the Peterborough City Council or North Cambridgeshire boundary and have a significant problem with development (whether diagnosed or undiagnosed).  This includes, but is not exclusive to:

  • Physical problems
  • Learning difficulties / disabilities
  • Social communication difficulties including autism

The service is accessed through referral from GPs, social care or other professionals.


The Peterborough Neuro Developmental Service (NDS) can provide assessments for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  We work with school aged youngsters, their families and professionals where there is already a diagnosis of Autism, ADHD and/or learning disability.

More information about autism can be found on the autism page.

Sensory Impairment

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The term sensory impairment encompasses visual loss (including blindness and partial sight), hearing loss (including the whole range) and multi sensory impairment (which means having a diagnosed visual and hearing impairment with at least a mild loss in each sense, or deafblindness).

More detailed information can be found on our sensory impairment page.

Commissioning and Decision Making


The responsibility for organising local health services is quite complex.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the local NHS organisation responsible for commissioning many local health services for residents registered with a GP

Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council also manage some local services such as Health Visiting and School Nursing and some specialist services such as children's head injury rehabilitation are organised locally and nationally by NHS England.  

We know it is very confusing, so if you have a child with a disability or special educational needs and you are unsure of who to contact or how to be referred for a particular service, you can discuss this with your GP.

Decision making

The Designated Clinical Officer supports Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to meet its statutory responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and agrees the health services within an Education, Health and Care plan.

The Designated Clinical Officer in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is a qualified and experienced nurse, who has extensive experience and expertise in working with children and young people with a range of disabilities and health needs.

The Designated Clinical Officer:

  • is a point of contact for local partners, when notifying parents and the local authority about children and young people they believe have or may have SEN or a disability
  • offers advice on SEN or disabilities
  • provides health advice to local authorities, schools and colleges regarding children and young people with SEN or Disabilities
  • provides a contact for CCGs or health providers so that appropriate notification can be given to the local authority of children under 5 years who they think may have SEN or a disability
  • agrees the health services within an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan

Continuing Care

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The Clinical Commissioning Group fund health care for children and young people through Continuing Care.These exceptional and individual funding requests are usually for medications or treatments which are not routinely provided through other health services that they or NHS England organises.

Continuing care requests need to be supported by clinical reports and recommendations from professionals involved with your child. However, your GP should be able to help you with this.

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Youth Connect

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's Youth Connect keeps 11 - 24 year olds across Peterborough up to date with local health news and opportunities.

This sample newsletter shows you the type of information that is published in their newsletter and if you wish to see more it is easy to subscribe.

Being Happy Being Me

Being Happy Being Me is a new report into young people's mental health from Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The report was undertaken to help local commissioners re-design local mental health services for young people, and covers what young people think about the language used to describe mental health.

Palliative Care

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If you have been told that you or your child may not get better, you might also have heard about palliative care. Palliative care is for people living with a terminal illness where a cure is no longer possible. It's not just for people diagnosed with terminal cancer, but any terminal condition. It’s also for people who have a complex illness and need their symptoms controlled. Although these people usually have an advanced, progressive condition, this isn’t always the case.

Palliative care aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. It will also help with any psychological, social or spiritual needs. Treatment will involve medicines, therapies, and any other support that specialist teams believe will help their patients. It includes caring for people who are nearing the end of life. This is called end of life care.

The goal is to help you and everyone affected by your diagnosis to achieve the best quality of life. You might receive palliative care alongside particular treatments, therapies and medicines, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Marie Curie have a suite of Easy Read booklets about palliative care.

SEND Resources and Training

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The SEND Resources and Training page hosts a collection of resources, newsletters and training opportunities. 

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