In Bexley

Oxleas provide a range of community health services for young people in Bexley. These children's services are all listed with full contact details in the services section of this site and include school nursing, children's physiotherapy, children's community audiology, children's eye clinic, children's occupational therapy, children's speech and language therapy, community paediatric services and children's community nursing services.

Oxleas also provide Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Bexley. 

Bexley Council provides information on all of the special schools in the borough. The Special Educational Needs Team can be contacted on 020 8303 7777 or by emailing specialneeds.els@bexley.gov.uk.

For those in Transition from Special Schools in Bexley, families can contact Bexley Council via Care Central on 020 3045 5159. The Council will offer advice and guidance on social care, housing, employment and further education. Oxleas adult LD services have been working closely with the Council, offering support with the Local College First Programme. Bexley is a Pathfinder Champion for the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms.

Oxleas appointed a Clinical Lead for Transition (Mark Bradley) to work across Bexley and Bromley in September 2013. This specialist role has been created to support local children's and adult health services to ensure they work together to meet the needs of young people with a diagnosed learning disability in transition to adult LD services. Mark can be contacted at the Bexley LD Team on 020 8269 3300 or by emailing mbradley1@nhs.net.

In addition to the work carried out by the Community Children's Services, the vision for health service support for young people with learning disabilities in Bexley is:

  • School/community nursing working with the Clinical Lead for Transition will support the identification of all young people with learning disabilities from 14+
  • GPs in Bexley (From April 2014) will be offered support to include young people with learning disabilities on their new 'health check registers' - aged 14+
  • GPs to provide annual health checks for all young people with learning disabilities as part of the 'Directed Enhanced Service' - aged 14+
  • Every young learning disabled person is offered a Personal Health Profile
  • All of the above, in addition to children's community health service input, will contribute to the health component of the EHC (Education, Health and Care) plans.
  • Young people on the Local College First (LCF) programme will be individually supported by an appropriate health professional from the Bexley Learning Disability team
  • LCF students will be offered comprehensive communication assessments by a dedicated speech and language therapist.
  • Bexley LD Team will consider all referrals for learning disabled adults (18+) requiring specialist health services. Eligibility criteria apply.

Bexley Mencap has a service to support parents with children in transition. They can be contacted on 020 8303 6336.

The Young People's Advocacy Project is provided by Advocacy for All across Bexley and Bromley. They can be contacted on 020 8300 9666.

Further information

Contact Mark Bradley (Clinical Lead for Transition) for any further information relating to health services and transition for young people with learning disabilities at mbradley1@nhs.net or by phone on 020 8269 3349.

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