CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND WELLBEING NAVIGATION

Katy Abson

Children’s Health and Wellbeing Manager

katy.abson@involvekent.org.uk

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The Involve Children’s Health and Wellbeing Navigator service is available at over 60 GP Practices throughout Kent.  A Navigator based at the surgery will support children, young people (ages 0 – 18 and up to 24 for those with SEND)and their families/carers where the child has a long term health condition, particularly Neurodevelopmental issue (ie. ASD and ADHD) or Mental Health concerns both pre and post diagnosis.

 

Recognising the need for long term support, Navigators come alongside young people and families to understand their concerns and challenges and help to coordinate care and support, access information and guidance and ensure they are aware of and engaged with relevant services and organisations.

 

Children’s Health and Wellbeing Service is accessed by contacting your surgery and requesting a referral to the Children’s Health and Wellbeing Navigator. Referrals can be made by parents, carers and young people (Please note the service is only available at selected GP Practices, check below for details of participating Practices)

Areas we cover:

Find your surgery

Malling

Snodland Medical Centre

Wateringbury Branch Surgery

Wateringbury Surgery

Phoenix Surgery

Thornhills

West Malling Group Practice

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The Weald

Howell Surgery

Lamberhurst

Marden Medical

North Ridge Medical Practice

Old Parsonage Surgery

Old School Surgery

Orchard End

Staplehurst Health Centre

The Crane Surgery

Wish Valley Surgery

Yalding Surgery

Maidstone Central

Bower Mount Medical Practice

Brewer Street Surgery

The Shepway Medical Centre

The Vine Medical Centre

The Ridge

Bearsted Medical Practice

Len Valley Practice

Sutton Valence Surgery

The Orchard Surgery

Headcorn Surgery

Maidstone South 

Greensand Health Centre

The Mote Medical Practice

The Orchard Medical Centre

Wallis Avenue Surgery

Tonbridge  

Hadlow Medical Group

Hildenborough & Tonbridge Medical group

Tonbridge Medical Group

Warders Medical Group

Woodlands Health Group

Medway Central

Pentagon Surgery

St Mary’s Island Surgery

The King’s Family Practice

Bryant Street Medical Centre

Balmoral Gardens Red Suite Surgery

St Mary’s Medical Centre in Strood

The Halfway Surgery

Brompton Medical Centre

Total Health Care Excellence East and

West (Folkestone/ Dover area)

Sandgate Road

Guildhall Street

Manor Road

New Surgery

Aylesham Medical Practice

Wingham

Lydden

Whitecliffs

Pencester Surgery

Sittingbourne

The Chestnuts

Grovehurst

Memorial Medical

The Medical Centre

The Surgery

The Meads Medical Practice

DMC Iwade Health Centre

Green Porch Medical Practice

Margate

Bethesda Medical Practice

The Limes Medical Centre

Northdown Surgery

Mocketts Wood Surgery

Margate

Bethesda Medical Practice

The Limes Medical Centre

Northdown Surgery

Mocketts Wood Surgery

What we do

Social Prescribing

  • Support families to identify what matters most to them, set goals with a holistic action plan, and connect to peer support, groups, services and apps to build resilience.

 

Navigation and Information

  • Collate and provide information and signposting ensuring access to support from statutory services, community resources and inclusive activities.

  • Ensure children, young people and their families know what to do and who to contact if problems escalate or in crisis.

 

Coordinate care and support

  • Engage with children and their families to build an active profile of their clinical and social journey.

  • Maintain liaison and build working relationship with key contacts, building rapport with schools and SENCOs/ school nurses/ health visitors/NELFT/Community Paediatrics/Early Help etc..

  • Become an Information centre for the patient, their family, and colleagues across multiple organisations to ensure a seamless, holistic approach to their personalised plan.

 

The service is not time-limited, recognising the long-term needs of families, though it is action-focused and seeks to provide guidance, enablement and motivation for children/ young people and their families to support themselves.

 

The service is open to children aged 0-17 (up to 25 for young people with SEND) as well as offering support to transition into adult services.

Group of Friends

'Moving Forwards' is our brand new service aimed at supporting care leavers between the ages of 18-25 or 16+ if they are preparing to leave.

This essential services provides young people with access to a Care Leavers Navigator who is able to connect them to resources and services as well as look at their health holistically by assessing their goals, aspirations and needs.