Targeted health services

Whilst most healthcare services (GPs, dentists, opticians) can help your child or young person through everyday appointments, to receive additional support, parents or carers can either ask for targeted health services or specialist health support.

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.

Types of targeted support and services

Support may be provided by one or more of the following services, including:

The Community Paediatrics Service are a team of consultant paediatricians, specialist nurses and administrators who investigate, diagnose and help children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as:

They can provide useful resources and can contribute towards your education, health and care (EHC) plans.

The Community Paediatrics Service also provide expertise in safeguarding, child protection and looked after children (LAC).

Referral and additional help

To refer your child or young person to a Paediatric Physiotherapist, you should contact your local community NHS trust.

If they has been referred to the service and are awaiting an appointment, you may find it useful to follow guidance on the community NHS trust websites to support their condition or difficulty.

Contact your local community NHS trust:

The Children and Young People's Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Kent.

The service is open to young people between the ages of 0 to 18, or up to 25 for young people with special educational needs.

CYPMHS offers advice and support for stress, low mood and depression, anxiety, self-harm or difficult to manage behaviours.

Referral and additional help

For more information visit the CYPMHS website.

If you are urgently concerned about a child or young person’s thoughts, feelings or behaviours call the Single Point of Access Team on 0800 011 3474 (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Occupational therapists support children and young people to:

  • learn skills for an independent happy and fulfilling life
  • reach their goals
  • be a part of their local community.

They aim to help children and young people to do the things they want to do in their life.

Referral and additional help

You can speak to a GP about a referral or pay for a visit privately.

Contact your local community NHS trust:

Paediatric physiotherapists help babies, children and young people.

They will support them to:

  • develop their gross motor skills (for example walking, jumping)
  • be more independent
  • participate in and enjoy life.

Physiotherapists will also listen to what matters to you and your family. They will:

  • discuss any concerns and work together to work out if and how physiotherapy can help
  • work together with others to support your child or young person's health and wellbeing
  • work in the most appropriate environment for your family.

Physiotherapists can help with a wide range of conditions, motor development and acute illness and injury.

Referral and additional help

To refer your child or young person to a Paediatric Physiotherapist, you should contact your local community NHS trust.

If they have been referred to the service and are awaiting an appointment, you may find it useful to follow guidance on the community NHS trust websites to support their condition or difficulty.

Contact your local community NHS trust:

Speech and Language Therapists assess and support children and young people with daily communication difficulties, including:

  • children with a cleft lip and/or palate
  • feeding difficulties
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Dyspraxia
  • selective communicators.

The Speech and Language Therapy Team can offer advice and information to families, nurseries and schools.

Referral and additional help

To refer your child or young person to a Speech and Language Therapist, you should contact your local community NHS trust.

Contact your local community NHS trust: