Health Services

Jargon Buster - Teams and Therapy

Primary care team: Children with ‘non complex needs’ arising from their disability may be treated at primary care level. A primary care team should have a host of therapy workers that can treat a child with a ‘non complex’ disability.

Network disability team: Children with ‘complex needs’ arising from their disability may be treated by the network disability team. The network disability team should have a host of therapy workers that can treat a child. These include SLT, OT, physiotherapists, social workers and psychologists. In some areas the network disability team treats children 0-18, others are split into early intervention teams 0-6 and school age teams 6-18.

Early intervention team: This is a network disability team that treats children until they reach school age.

School age team: after early intervention a child may move to the school age team. The school age team treats children from age 6-18.

Multidisciplinary team (MDT): is a group of professionals that work together to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment of a person with a disability. A network disability team is a MDT.

SLT: is a speech and language therapist. The SLT provides assessment, support and treatment for children and adults who have difficulties with communication. The SLT also treats people who have difficulty eating, drinking or swallowing. SLT is the most commonly referred service for children with a disability.

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OT: is an occupational therapist. Some people with a disability have difficulty performing the activities of daily living or activities that are important to them. An OT can assess and treat any difficulty a person has in carrying out daily living tasks, socialising, or working. The OT may also recommend certain equipment or environmental changes that can improve a person’s situation.

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Psychologist: is a professional who can assess and diagnose various conditions such as intellectual disability or autism. They can also treat individuals using psychology interventions.

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Physiotherapist: is a person who assesses and treats a range of muscle and joint pain, developmental, orthopaedic and motor problems. A physiotherapist helps a person to maintain or restore movement or functional ability.

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CAMHS: are the child and adolescent mental health services. The Lucena Clinic is a well known CAMHS. Children with various mental health difficulties may be referred to CAMHS. Children up to 18 are seen by CAMHS.

Assessment of needs (AON): is an assessment of a child provided for under the Disability Act 2005. Each child born after June 2002 has a legal entitlement to this assessment.  

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