Local Health Services

Staying well is essential to the health and wellbeing of all children and young people in Birmingham. Children and young people with special educational needs may need access to more targeted and specialist local health services to support their specific needs.

The following services are available to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Health Visiting

Health visitors work with all parents who have new babies, offering support and advice from late pregnancy until the child is at school. Birmingham Forward Steps is a combined service which includes health visitors and voluntary agency partners across the children’s centres. The services delivers early years health and wellbeing support for children aged 0–5 in Birmingham.

School Health Support Services

The school health support service will be delivered to all children and young people and their families where the child or young person is.

School nurses are part of the Birmingham School Health Support Service (BSHSS), which is commissioned by Birmingham City Council. School nurses work across all mainstream schools to protect and promote the physical and emotional health of children and young people and to ensure that they get the most from their education.

See the School Health Support Service for more information.

Special School Nursing

Special school nurses undertake a range of nursing activities to maintain and improve the health of children and young people with complex health needs attending a special school.

Find out more about Special School Nursing.

GP’s and Dentists

Your General Practitioner (GP) is your ‘family doctor’ and the main point of contact for general healthcare for NHS patients. All UK residents are entitled to the services of an NHS GP. The GP treats all common medical conditions and may refer on to other specialist services if required. 

Primary Care Networks – NHS Birmingham and Solihull

If you need help finding a GP, Dentist or Pharmacy, you can search by postcode from the following.

Find a GP – NHS 

The Neurodevelopment Pathway Team (NDP)

The NDP team is a multidisciplinary (MDT) professional service that assesses children and young people for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Neurodevelopmental (ND) disorders influence how the brain functions and alters neurological development, causing difficulties in social, cognitive , and emotional functioning.  A child with a neurodevelopmental disorder may have problems with perception, concentration, impulse control, communication, social interaction and emotional expression. The most common ND disorders are autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit / hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

Find out more about the Neurodevelopment Pathway Team.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists provide support to children and young people to participate in everyday activities of daily life, within the areas of self care, school and play/leisure. 

The NHS Community Occupational Therapy service in Birmingham provides advice, parent workshops and support for children and young people with a functional difficulty which has a significant impact on their participation in aspects of daily life. 

Find out more about local occupational therapy within Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC).

Find out more about local NHS occupational therapy 

Accessing OT sensory assessments leaflet

Birmingham City Council also provides an Occupational Therapy service which provides assessment and aids, equipment and adaptations at home for children and young people with disabilities.

Children and Young People’s Occupational Therapy Team (CYPOT)

Common Paediatric

Community paediatricians are specialist children’s doctors who are trained to assess and manage a wide range of developmental, physical and social issues that can affect a child’s health, safety and learning.

Find out more about community paediatrics.

Child Development Centres

A team of healthcare professionals are based at four Child Development Centres across Birmingham. They provide co-ordinated team-based assessment and intervention for pre-school children who have complex developmental difficulties across the five Child Development Centres in Birmingham.

Find out more about child development centres.

Journey through Child Development Centres explained.

Community Nursing and Palliative Care

This specialist nursing service cares for children and young people who have a specialist nursing need at home or in a community setting.

The children’s community nursing and palliative care team cares for children in the community with a specialist nursing need.  It can help children and their families manage:

  • Life limiting or life-threatening conditions 
  • Oxygen dependent babies
  • Chronic illness
  • Childhood cancers
  • Nasogastric tube feeding 
  • End-of-life and palliative care 
  • Bereavement support 

Find out more about the children’s community nursing and palliative care team.

Transition to Adult Health Services

The transition from children’s to adult’s health services is a significant step and transition planning with health practitioners needs to start by school year 9 (age 13 to 14 years). Young people who are moving from children’s to adults’ services will have an annual meeting to review transition planning from age 13/14 onwards, until their transition is complete.

Ideally the health transition plans and reviews will link with other multi-agency review meetings such as the Annual Review of an education, health and care plan or SEN support plan. 

All health services are required to have transition pathways for young people moving to adult health services. More details about this can be found from your local NHS trust.

Transition – Birmingham Community Healthcare