Preschool health

Health services to support children and young people with SEND
Health services to help children, young people and families with general, specialist and therapeutic needs.

Here you will find a broad range of health services for children and young people. This includes everything from general health and well being to more specialist services.

Sutton Local Offer directory of local health services

Sutton Children's Health Services
Information on our services for children, young people and families, including health visiting, children's therapy services, immunisations and our Family Nurse Partnership service. Find out more.

Sutton Children's Health

Information and support for child and young people's health and well being. Find out more.

Sutton Children's Therapy Services
Children's therapies include those offered by dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, plus speech and language therapist. Find out more.

Early Support Service
The Early Support Service offers support, advice and coordination of needs to families where there is a child or children aged 0-8 years with additional needs or disabilities. The child’s needs would require input from at least 2 specialist services. The current Early Support Coordinator is a registered Health Visitor who works exclusively with families where children have additional needs. Find out more.

Sutton Alliance Service (Tier 2 CAMHS)
Sutton Alliance Service is a single point for referral for any mental health needs.  They offer assessment and treatment when children and young people have emotional, behavioural or mental health issues. The Alliance will also offer termly workshops for professionals around mental health issues.
Download their leaflet.

Children and Young People with Complex Medical Needs

Wheelchair service
The wheelchair service is based at Queen Mary’s Hospital Roehampton and provides specialist assessment and provision for wheelchairs, postural mobility seating and pressure care to children and young people with mobility difficulties. This service is delivered by a specialist team of staff with skills in a wide range of clinical areas to enhance children and young people's mobility needs.

Referrals for assessment for children and young people under 18 registered with a Sutton GP are accepted from healthcare professionals.

Specialist Equipment
Specialist equipment can be provided for children and young people with complex health needs and/or disabilities. A range of equipment is available depending on the child or young person's health needs and could include specialist beds and sleep systems; pressure mattresses, postural support systems, special seating, standing frames, walking and mobility aids, communication aids

Requests for specialist equipment for children and young people under 18 registered with a Sutton GP are usually from children’s healthcare professionals including community nurses and therapists.

Children’s Continuing Care Service
Sutton’s Children’s Continuing Care Service provides health care and support to families of children and young people who have complex medical needs and/or palliative care needs (including end of life care). The service is for children and young people under the age of 18 registered with a Sutton GP who meet the health eligibility criteria.

Continuing Care is provided to meet the health needs of the child or young person and their families in a variety of locations including home or in over-night stays in specialist provision. Continuing Care providers in Sutton include Epsom & St Helier Children’s Home Care Team, Sutton & Merton Community Services Children’s outreach team & Cedar Lodge facility; and specialist palliative care provision via Shooting Stars Chase Children’s Hospice.

The specialist provision from Shooting Stars Chase ensures all children and young people and their families in Sutton with palliative care needs can access the services they need. This includes specialist consultant & nursing palliative care medical support & advice; admission for symptom management, short breaks & respite care; hospice at home; end of life care; and bereavement support.

Referrals for assessment for eligibility are accepted from healthcare and social care professionals.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
This is a multi-disciplinary service providing a specialised service for children and young people with severe, complex and persistent mental health disorders. It provides a comprehensive (Tier 3) assessment and treatment service.

This service is for children and young people up to the age of 18 registered with a Sutton GP, their families and/or carers across the borough, focusing on those with severe and enduring mental health problems.

Sutton CAMHS is not an emergency service. If you have a child or young person who requires emergency assistance, then contact the child or young person's GP or go to the A&E Department at St Helier Hospital.

CAMHS Team members include child and adolescent psychiatrists, social workers, clinical psychologists, community psychiatric nurses, child psychotherapists, occupational therapists and other therapists.

Referrals can be made by GP’s, other healthcare professionals, schools, and others via the single point of referral to  This ensures referring to CAMHS in Sutton is easier and more efficient with a single point of referral; screening the nature of the referral and assertively signposting it to the appropriate service.


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Understanding Your Rights in the Health System

We all have rights when we are using the NHS, but we do not always know exactly what they are and this is especially true for children and young people.

The Get Your Rights website

To address the issues we found during our research we developed the Get Your Rights website, an interactive and accessible online tool for children and young people to help them understand their rights in the health system.

The website has an interactive guide to the rights in the NHS Constitution, videos from young people telling their stories about how the rights have made a difference to them, and messages from professionals explaining why they value young people's rights.

It also has links to resources to support professionals apply the rights when working with children and young people.  Check it out and spread the word on social media with #Getyourrights


Care and Support Jargon Buster  
The Care and Support Jargon Buster is a plain English guide to the most commonly used social care words and phrases and what they mean.

The definitions are plain English rather than legal, and were developed and tested by a steering group that included people who use services, carers, representatives from local authorities, information providers and key stakeholders from across the social care sector.

The Care and Support Jargon Buster won a Plain English Campaign Award in 2013.


Community Paediatric Medical Service 
The Community Paediatric Medical Service provides medical assessment, diagnosis, support and management to children, young people and their families that are vulnerable due to disease, disability and/or disadvantage. The service is provided for children and young people under 18 registered with a Sutton GP in the following areas:

  • Services for children and young people with disabilities and complex health needs
  • Services to children and young peolpe with special educational needs and disabilites; including contributing to Education Health and Care Plans and annual reviews
  • Safeguarding and protecting children and young people
  • Services for Looked After Children (including adoption and fostering services)

Referrals to the service provided by Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust are usually by GP or healthcare professional.



Easyhealth was made so that people know where to find 'accessible health' information. 'Accessible' information is information that uses easy words with pictures.  There are over 500 leaflets on Easyhealth, made by many different organisations.  You can print off nearly all the leaflets straight away. 


GP's and Autism  

The Royal College of General Practitioners (GPs) has produced a range of information for GPs about autism, and an Autism Patient Charter. The Charter says that GP surgeries will:

  • Ensure all surgery staff are more ‘autism aware’ through access to the provision of guidance
  • Work with people with autism to develop an autism-friendly environment, responding proactively to suggestions people with autism may have
  • Make reasonable adjustments should staff suspect a patient or carer has autism, creating an environment where people feel comfortable disclosing their condition should they wish to
  • Ensure staff are aware of the different ways people with autism may choose to communicate, and will try to communicate by the most appropriate means for the individual concerned
  • Make staff aware of the likely causes of challenging behaviour and how to communicate effectively with someone in distress

See all the resources from the Royal College of GPs,


Managing Diabetes
You are almost certain, at some point in your teaching carer, to have a child and/or young person in your class with diabetes.  This article looks at not just the practical side of managing diabetes  but also the emotional effect it can have on everyone involved, with the aim of minimising the impact that living with the condition can have. Read more about the article.


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Bug Busting

Your solution to head lice and nits.  Affordable, reusable, detection and care. Read more about Bug Busting.

The Traffic Light Communication Tool

It can be hard for families of a disabled child or young person to get across to doctors the many things that worry them when they go to a clinic. The Health, Functioning and Wellbeing Summary, known as the ‘Traffic Light Tool’, was designed to help. 
The tool was developed with disabled young people, parents, and other experts.

The tool begins by celebrating the things that are going well. Next, there is space for the family to say what might help the child or young person to engage with the things they want to do, and what might improve their quality of life. There is also space for concerns or questions.

On the other side, there is a list of medical conditions, areas of function, and other things that families have told us to be important. The family chooses the traffic lights’ colour: green if no concerns; amber if some concerns; and red if serious concerns. 

Download the Traffic Light Tool.

Easy Read Guides

In 2011, the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities funded the production of a range of Easy Read guides on key medical conditions and concepts in conjunction with PRODIGY and

The booklets are all available to download :

Blood tests Easy Read Guide (PDF)
Diabetes Easy Read Guide (PDF)
Epilepsy Easy Read Guide (PDF)
Looking after your teeth Easy Read Guide (PDF)

Booklet for families of children and young people with complex health needs from the Foundation of People with Learning Difficulties.

Special Care Dental Services Sutton, Merton & Wandsworth
Getting to know your  health visiting and  school nursing service
MindEd for families
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Talking Point

Public Health England's strategic plan for the next four years: better outcomes by 2020
This document sets out how Public Health England intends to achieve its aims over the next 4 years and outlines the key actions for the year ahead. Download the report.