Who are our services for?
The Whole Life Disability Teams carry out assessments of children and young people and adults who have a life long, permanent and substantial disability, who have eligible unmet needs under the Children Act or Care Act.
We support children who have complex health needs and/or moving and handling requirements, significant learning disabilities, autism, sensory impairment (including those who are blind and/or deaf), physical disabilities such that they need special services, or enhanced support to enable them to live ordinary family lives. We continue to support these children throughout their adult lives.
What do we do?
The Whole Life Disability Teams are an integrated service which include Children’s and Adults Social Work, Occupational Therapists and skilled Support Workers with specialist knowledge in the area of whole life disability.
Social Workers and Support Workers within the teams work in partnership with children and young people, adults, their families, carers and other agencies to assess needs and ensure that required specialist services are provided.
The children’s assessment covers areas such as:
- Emotional and behavioural development
- Self care skills
- Identity and social presentation
- Family and social relationships
- Family history
- Housing and environment
Services provided include short breaks, home care, advice and sign posting.
Occupational Therapists within the service find solutions to difficulties with every day activities, for example, providing or arranging.
- Minor or major adaptations
- Recommendations for re-housing
- Advice and information
Depending on needs, an Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy assistant will visit a child at home to assess how the child and adult and or the family are managing every day activities such as seating, mobility, toileting, dressing, food preparation etc.
Occupational Therapists work with the Adaptations Agency to enable essential adaptations to the home if required. They will assist you with an application for a disabled facilities grant.
How can you access us?
The Service operates public duty points which are staffed by workers from within the Teams who can answer questions, offer advice, take referrals and signpost to the appropriate service.
A referral to the Team that covers your area, may be made by telephone or in writing; by the family or carers, the child or young person, adult, or any professional involved with the family who has consent. A professional referring to the Team will be expected to have completed a Common Assessment Framework or Early Help Assessment, or other multi-agency informed assessment.
For Whole Life Disability Social Care Services, contact:
Whole Life Disability Team
Bulwell Riverside, Main Street, Bulwell
Nottingham, NG6 8QJ
Tel: 0115 883 8266
For Whole Life Disability Occupational Therapy Services, contact:
Whole Life Disability Occupational Therapy Service
Clifton Cornerstone, Southchurch Drive, Clifton
Nottingham, NG11 8EW
Tel: 0115 883 6340