A wide range of health services are available in Hertfordshire to meet the health and wellbeing requirements of everyone including those with special educational needs and disabilities.
Health services can be reached in hospitals (generally for sudden onset conditions or illnesses) or in community settings (generally for long term illnesses). For some conditions, health care may need to be reached in both.
For a list of local GPs, information on common conditions, list of local hospitals and community services, visit NHS Choices
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) provides a wide range of care in people's homes, community settings and in its community hospitals. Staff work with colleagues in the NHS, social care, education, charities and local government to personalise care for people with SEND.
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust services
The Hertfordshire Wheelchair Service
provides support to children and adults who have a long term disability and whose ability to walk is permanently restricted.
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy
The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy
service supports children and young people with speech, language, communication, eating and drinking difficulties.
Children’s Occupational Therapy
The Children’s Occupational Therapy
service supports children and young people with their independence in all aspects of daily living, such as self-feeding, dressing and participating in play and school activities.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
With a dedicated team of mental health professionals, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
offers a range of support including 1:1 direct interventions and group support.
Positive Behaviour Autism Learning Disability and Mental Health Service (PALMS)
The Positive Behaviour Autism Learning Disability and Mental Health Service (PALMS)
works across the county providing a specialist multi-disciplinary approach to children and young people aged 0-19 who have a global learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
teams offer a public health service to support families during pregnancy and with a new baby or a child under 5. They must be registered with a GP in Hertfordshire.
School Nursing Service.
When children start school at the age of 5, care is transferred from the Health Visiting Service to the School Nursing Service
is a specialist team providing services to children and young people who have a physical disability or condition that impacts on their development and their functional daily activities at home or in school.
Young People’s Health Transitional Service
The Young People’s Health Transitional Service
facilitates and coordinates the transition process from children’s to adult services for young people with complex physical health or life-limiting conditions aged 14 to 21.
Find out about Equipment available for children and young people with disabilities.
Education Health and Care Plan An education, health and care plan (EHCP) is a document which sets out the education, health and social care needs your child has and the support needed to cater for those needs.