Information about the different types of heath services available in Lambeth and how you can access them.

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There are a range of health and wellbeing services available in Lambeth. Services will often cover a wide range of areas such as physical disability, mental and emotional wellbeing, long term conditions, and support to help you live a healthier lifestyle to protect you from potential ill health.

As well as us, a number of organisations deliver health and wellbeing services in Lambeth, including:

  • schools
  • GPs
  • Evelina London Children’s Healthcare, under Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Some voluntary organisations also provide health advice and deliver projects to raise awareness about health issues.

The areas below offer more information on the health and wellbeing services that you may be able to access.

Sections in this guide (click title to view)

1. Services for everyone

Most health services are universal, which means they are available to everyone and you do not need an assessment or referral to use them.

Most children and young people with SEND will have their needs met by universal services.

They include:

  • GPs - Find a GP near you
  • hospitals
  • dentists
  • opticians
  • urgent care and walk-in centres
  • health visitors
  • school nurses.

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2. Targeted services

Children and young people who have a disability or complex needs, which cannot be met through universal services alone, may also need help from targeted services.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy helps people take part in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing. For children and young people this might include helping them with eating, washing, using the toilet, doing their schoolwork or playing with friends and hobbies.

Speech and language therapy

The focus of our speech and language therapy work is to help children to play, listen well, understand spoken language and the meaning of others’ behaviour and how their behaviour is understood by others. We help children with how they express themselves, their speech sounds, voice or stammering difficulties. We also support children and young people who have difficulties with swallowing.

We recognise that these difficulties happen for a variety of reasons and we will work with you to understand these. We know that if a child gets help early on, supported by parents, we can make a difference. SLT input may begin before a child starts school and may be on-going throughout school for a child or young person, based on their needs.

Physiotherapy

Our community physiotherapists help children who are having pain or difficulties when moving. Pain or difficult movement might be caused by injury, movement disorders, disabilities or another reason.

Our team look at what is causing problems or discomfort with your child's movement. We then provide support, therapy and different techniques, including exercise, to help children improve their physical wellbeing

Child and adolescent mental health services

Lambeth child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are provided by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

We believe that every child has a right to be healthy.

This includes all forms of health, including emotional and mental health. We aim to deliver a safe, effective, responsive service where children, young people and their families are treated with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Community paediatricians

We are a team of specialist children's doctors who are trained to assess and manage a wide range of developmental, physical and social issues that can affect a child’s well-being, safety, learning and long-term potential.

Accessing these services

Children and young people with SEND may need to be supported by one or more of these services at some time in their life.

Health services at this level are specially designed to support and treat people with certain conditions and normally you will have to be assessed and referred to the service by certain professionals for example your GP, child’s school, health visitor or social worker.

3. Specialist services

Children and young people whose parents or carers are unable to provide all the care they may need, due to complex health care needs, life threatening conditions, profound disabilities, or children who need safeguarding, may require support from local specialist health services.

Specialist health services include the:

Accessing these services

Health services at this level are specially designed to support and treat people with certain conditions and normally you will have to be assessed and referred to the service by certain professionals for example your GP, child’s school, health visitor or social worker.

4. Get involved

The CCG is responsible for purchasing hospital and community health services for residents, in a way which ensures the most effective services are available.

Along with commissioning services, the CCG is also responsible for monitoring how well these services are provided.

The CCG realise that things can only be done if they hear and understand what you think of the health services provided. They are committed to getting your feedback, particularly whether the services you use are meeting your needs.

The CCG aims to offer the people of Lambeth a wide range of accessible, high quality and easy to use services to help them stay healthy, and to care for them when they fall ill and need extra support.

Find out how you can get involved and have your say on the services we provide.