What does this service provide?

Who we are

We are a multi-disciplinary team with specialist knowledge and expertise in children and young adults’ under the age of 20 acquired brain injuries. Our team includes a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, educational psychologist and behaviour and psychological therapies specialist.

What we do

We help children and young people under the age of 20 experiencing difficulties in the following areas:

  • learning, cognition, and memory
  • behaviour and emotion
  • communication
  • independence skills
  • physical skills
  • integration into school
  • transitions within education

We specialise in addressing cognitive, emotional, behavioural, physical and communication difficulties and the relationship between these areas.

We provide a detailed assessment to children or young adults with an acquired brain injury to help them achieve their full potential and we support their local team, family and school or college by providing practical solutions and recommendations to help them plan for the future.

Alternative rehabilitation services we can provide

  • residential rehabilitation
  • community rehabilitation

Appointment information

Appointment types

Where your appointment takes place depends on what would be most beneficial. The various options include:

  • at your home
  • in an educational establishment
  • at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services
  • a combination of the above

The length of the assessment is dependent on the needs of the patient. It will take place over the course of one or two days, and the timetable will be planned around you and your needs.

We start with introductions to the team, and you and your family have the opportunity to share your expectations and any areas of difficulty you're currently experiencing. We then plan a timetable to ensure you see the relevant members of our team.

At the end of your assessment, our team will meet with you and your family to discuss results, recommendations, and a plan. This may include referrals to other services at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services.

A detailed report will be sent to you and your GP and any other healthcare professionals within a month of your assessment, and we will liaise with your local team, school or college regarding our recommendations.

What should I bring to the clinic?

It is important to bring any equipment you are currently using, including seating, communication books or aids, plus any switches, joysticks or other access systems.

It would also be helpful to bring a sample of current schoolwork.

We will ask for copies of recent reports from the local team before your appointment and we might want to speak with them or email them if we have permission to do so.

Who you'll see at your appointment

Who you'll see is dependent on your needs. You will meet a combination of the following specialists (a maximum of 3 per clinic):

  • physiotherapist
  • occupational therapist
  • speech and language therapist
  • educational psychologist
  • behaviour and psychological therapies specialist

Members of the local young person/young adult team will be involved from the point of referral and will often attend the appointments this is discussed with the families and our staff will make contact.

What happens if I require more help or a new appointment?

We can arrange a meeting with your school, college or local team. Funding will need to be agreed before we can proceed.

If the team think you would benefit from ongoing rehabilitation, we will contact your commissioner to discuss the best way to meet your needs. You will receive a report of the outcome, when confirmed/denied funding is in place our team will then make contact with families to discuss the decision.

Any recommended equipment is not funded or supplied through the clinic as it is assessment only.

Testimonials

The report contained a wealth of information. It was clearly written and provided a framework for discussing his needs with his parents.

Service user

It was particularly helpful that during the assessment she was seen by so many different therapists and a wide range of skills were assessed.

Service user

How can I access this service?

We accept referrals from community paediatricians or therapists, hospital clinicians, and child and adolescent neuropsychiatrists.

We accept referrals from any area but if your GP is located outside of Sussex we will require funding to be obtained before acceptance.


How can I contact this service?

Contact details
Telephone: 01825 722 112
Where to find us
Address: Chailey Clinical Services, Beggers Wood Road, Chailey, BN8 4JN

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Opening hours

This clinic is arranged for patients on an individual basis.

Staff will contact the families at first triage to discuss the clinic and where it will be held, sometimes the assessment is held at Chailey or the young person’s home or hospital depending on circumstances. The ongoing rehabilitation will be at Chailey Clinical Services.

More detailed information about the date, time and location of your appointment can be found on your appointment letter.


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