Fylde and Wyre children and young people with learning disabilities are to benefit from a new NHS service.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust will deliver the service on behalf of NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The service, developed following feedback from local parents, is open to children and young people aged 18 or under with a moderate to severe learning disability who present with challenging behaviours or mental health issues that cannot be met by existing services.
Following a referral into the service by family doctors, patients will receive a holistic assessment by a care co-ordinator and a personalised care plan designed in collaboration with family members.
Families will receive help with parenting programmes and specialist interventions including for anxiety, challenging behaviour, sleep and toilet training.
The service will also provide consultation and training for other professionals working with children and young people with learning disabilities in Fylde and Wyre.
Tracey Hartley-Smith, Team leader in the Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service at Lancashire Care, said: “We are delighted to offer this service in Fylde and Wyre and ensure there is sufficient local capacity to meet the needs of children and young people in this area.
“We bring a high level of experience and expertise in caring for children and young people with learning disabilities. Our team consists of specialists that include senior practitioners, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and social workers. It’s our goal to improve outcomes for children and young people with learning disabilities and their families.”
Fylde and Wyre CCG chief operating officer Peter Tinson said: “This service has addressed a gap that previously existed in local health services and will provide a service to meet the needs of local children and young people now and in the future.
“We estimate that in Fylde and Wyre there are around 720 children and young people with moderate to severe learning disabilities, many of whom will benefit from this service”
“We are pleased to be able to harness the skills and expertise of Lancashire Care in bringing this service forward as we work to improve the health and wellbeing of our local population.”