Team around the child

The Children’s Trust provides a “team around the child” approach which places the child / young person and their family at the centre of the process. Team members include doctors, nurses and carers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, teachers, psychologists, family therapist, play therapist, health play specialists, leisure team, social worker and support staff with everyone having a part to play…

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team

The child/young person and their family are at the centre of the team. Administrative staff prepare reports, plan meetings and support other team members. Health care assistants and support staff work alongside their registered colleagues to deliver rehabilitation and education programmes. Catering staff provide daily meals for children, families and staff. Clinical psychologists work with families, the child and the wider team. They provide a confidential space for the child to express anxieties or to develop an understanding of their situation. They may carry out a formal assessment of the child’s thinking skills, for example their reasoning skills and memory. Doctors monitor the child’s medical status, prescribe medication and liaise with medical colleagues, particularly around discharge. All medical care is coordinated by our Medical Director, an experienced consultant paediatrician, supported by a team of medical professionals from 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday. Out of these hours medical support is provided by the local GP service and Epsom General Hospital. Educational psychologists help children fulfil their potential in the classroom and provide support with identifying educational and/or vocational provision that will best optimise the child or young person’s opportunities for learning and achievement. Family therapists provide a safe and supportive space for individuals, couples or family groups to think about their situation, explore difficulties and build on their strengths. Health play specialists use therapeutic and developmental play techniques and can help children and young people express anxieties about medical procedures and use distraction to manage this. Leisure coordinators organise activities and outings to ensure the children and young people not only have fun but also keep feeling motivated to work hard at their rehabilitation programmes. Music therapists use music experiences to provide emotional support and develop skills. The child explores communication and emotions through music. Nurses assess children’s health needs and liaise with the medical staff to ensure that children’s medical needs are treated and health is maintained. The nurses and health care assistants work collaboratively with the team to ensure that 24 hour rehabilitation is delivered and the child’s holistic needs are met. Occupational therapists enable children to take part in the everyday things they do to occupy themselves and develop routines for ‘real-life’ situations such as dressing, preparing a meal, playing or accessing the community. Physiotherapists help children with their movement, posture and sense of independence. Play therapists give children a confidential space in which the child or young person can use a language of play to communicate their anxieties and work through their worries. Site services staff look after the buildings and grounds and moving things about the site. This includes porters, maintenance team, IT team and gardeners. Speech and language therapists: help children build their communication skills as well as helping with difficulties in eating and drinking. Teachers specialise in teaching children with disabilities. Surrey Teaching Centre is a medical short stay school operating within the Children’s Trust. The teachers provide education for the children on rehabilitation programmes based on the core areas of English, Maths, Science, ICT and PSHE. Social workers engage with families and assist them by assessing, facilitating, planning and advocating for the needs of the whole family both within the Trust and with their local services. We also ensure that safeguarding is at the heart of rehabilitation. Volunteers we have hundreds of volunteers who support the teams in many and various ways such as helping with the children and young people, driving our vehicles, doing administrative task or gardening.

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