Targeted health services

Whilst most healthcare services can help children and young people with a disability, sometimes additional support is needed. To receive additional support, parents or carers can either ask for targeted health services or specialist health support.

Targeted support available

Targeted health service support is available to those with more complex needs. The support is often on a short term basis, and is provided through an assessment or referral via your GP, dentist, child’s school, health visitor, school nurse or social worker.

The support may be provided by one or more of these services at some time in their life. They can include:

Therapy services

These services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. For further information contact your local health trust:

Your needYour locationYour local community health trust

Occupational therapy

Physiotherapy

Speech and language

  • Ashford
  • Deal
  • Dover
  • Folkestone
  • Tenterden
East Kent University Foundation Trust

Occupational therapy

Physiotherapy

Speech and language

  • Canterbury
  • Dartford
  • Gravesham
  • Maidstone
  • Sevenoaks
  • Swanley
  • Thanet
  • Tonbridge
  • Tunbridge Wells
Kent Community Health Foundation Trust

Occupational therapy

Physiotherapy

Speech and language

  • Isle of Sheppey
  • Sittingbourne
Medway Community Healthcare

Community paediatrics service

A team of consultant paediatricians, specialist nurses and administrators who investigate, diagnose and help children with neurodevelopment disorders such as autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, ADHD, and muscular dystrophy. For further information contact your local health trust:

Your locationYour local community health trust
  • Ashford
  • Canterbury
  • Deal
  • Dover
  • Folkestone
  • Tenterden
  • Thanet
East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust
  • Dartford
  • Gravesham
  • Maidstone
  • Sevenoaks
  • Swanley
  • Tonbridge
  • Tunbridge Wells
Kent Community Health Foundation Trust
  • Isle of Sheppey
  • Sittingbourne
Medway Foundation Trust

Mental health service

Child and young people mental health services in Kent are supported by the North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT). For more information visit the NELFT website.

Specific health services

If you are unsure who to contact or you need further support you can contact one of the following support groups: