There are many Health Services available to support children with SEN and disabilities and their families. In West Berkshire, some of these services are provided by the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT) and some are provided by the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust (RBH).
BHFT provides health visitors; speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy; dieticians; school nursing; community nursing; the community dentist; mental health services and respite care.
RBH provides community paediatricians; mobility and wheelchair services; audiology; orthoptics and specialist nurses.
Speech and language therapy and occupational therapy for children in school are partly funded by Health and partly funded by West Berkshire Council, but the service is delivered by Health.
If children need an occupational therapy assessment in the home, this would be done by an occupational therapist from the Disabled Children’s Team within West Berkshire Council (and not by an occupational therapist from Health). Please see details of the Disabled Children’s Team under Care and Support for Families.