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Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit

Your NHS partner for improving health and integrating care|We are supporting our NHS with exciting innovations and transformation for the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and emerging Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) while continuing to deliver high quality commissioning support to 50 CCGs. Learn more about our full range of support.

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Learning Disability and Autism

Learning Disability and Autism

Across north Cumbria there is lots of work being done to support people with learning disabilities and autism.

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Mental Health Services

Our mental health services support people who are experiencing difficulties in their day to day lives due to mental health problems.  

Introduction to adult mental health care (PDF 159KB)

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Over 100,000 children and young people are living with serious illness or exceptional health needs across the UK. Many spend months, even years in hospital because there is no support enabling them to leave. Our vision is for every child and young person living with serious health needs to have the best chance to thrive - properly supported at home with their families.

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Children's Learning Disability and Behaviour Support Service - South

We are a team of experienced learning disability nurses and assistant practitioners. We are able to offer a service when a child or young person requires specialist support arising from their learning disability or autism and its impacts on their health. We often do this by working to advise parents or other health professionals working with that child.

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Children's Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists help children and young people who have difficulty doing everyday activities. This can be things like getting dressed, school work or playing.

If your child has been referred to Occupational Therapy, we may see them in your home, school or local clinic. We work with you to help make the changes needed to help the young person take part in the everyday activities they want and need to do.

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Eden Carers

Are you looking after someone? If you're a Young Carer, we can help make life a bit easier for you and the person you care for.

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Health and Wellbeing Coaches - HAWC

Who are we?

We are a team of staff covering the county, who are all trained to offer support and guidance through coaching.

Who do we work with?

We work with anyone over the age of 16, who want to make positive changes to their life.  

We come to your home or a place that you are happy with and can support you and your family. 

Most of the people we work with have faced a period of crisis, or have multiple issues that they need to understand and work through. 

HAWC Leaflet (PDF 761KB)

Case Study (PDF 109KB)

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Jigsaw Children's Hospice

Jigsaw provides day to day care, support and activities to children and young people living with a life limiting illness. Our care is provided in a home from home setting and each young person’s care is personalised towards their own needs.

Our ethos is to work in partnership with the children and young adults, their family, carers and other professional. We aim to maintain the children and young adult’s normal routine and make each stay as special and as enjoyable as possible.

Transition from Children's Services to Adult Services (PDF 136KB)

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Speech and Language - Northumberland

Speech and language therapists help people who have difficulties communicating and swallowing.

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Adults Learning Disability Team - South Cumbria

Our service is ‘All Age’ because we recognise that some people with learning disabilities need support for the whole of their lives.

However, we also recognise that the needs of adults are different to the needs of children and young people. .

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Children's Continence

The Childrens Community Learning Disability and Behaviour Support Service offer a service to children, young people and their families who  have global development delay or a Learning Disability (aged 2-18) , and require specialist support arising from their needs, which have an impact on their health.  We also offer a service to children, young people and their families who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or going through the Autism Assessment Process (MAAT) who are 11 years old or under. Current areas of support include workshops around understanding Autism, sensory needs, sleep, behaviour, and feelings of anxiety and a time limited intervention to develop a positive behaviour support plan in relation to behaviours which may be seen to challenge.

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Ready Steady Go Programme

Who is it for?

If you or your child, is over 11 years old with a long term condition.

What is it?

A programme to help you gain the knowledge and skills to manage your condition

Ready Steady Go - Poster (PDF 8509KB)

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Alder Hey NHS Trust - Transition from Children's to Adults

Annual Health Checks

Learning Disability Health Checks 

  • All people over the age of 14, who have a Learning Disability are entitled to an annual health check from their GP. This is free to everyone who is on their GPs Learning Disability register
  • This will involve an appointment of up to an hour (30 minutes with the Practice Nurse and 30 minutes with a doctor)
  • Annual Learning Disability health checks are important as it is recognised that they improve the health and wellbeing of people with Learning Disabilities
  • It enables information to be shared with local hospitals and emergency health care providers including reasonable adjustments someone may need if they contact them for help. This information is shared through hospital passports and “Summary Care Records with Additional Information”
  • It is an opportunity to promote healthy living advice, screening programmes and immunisations which we know that people with Learning Disabilities often miss out on. 

How to get a learning Disability Health Check: 

  • Ask your GP if you are on their Learning Disability Register
  • Request an “Annual Learning Disability Health Check” every year
  • Remember: you do not need to have any health problems or concerns prior to having this. It is a “health check” to make sure you stay well 

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