MHST (Mental Health Support Team)
Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) are a new service designed to help meet the mental health needs of children and young people in selected education settings i.e. Schools and Colleges.
Teams are made up of professionals called Clinical Lead Practitioners and Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs). These are workers who have had specialised training to support young people presenting with a wide range of mental health issues, and they work closely with schools/colleges and other children and young people's services.
MHSTs, along with all Children and Young People’s (CYP) Services in Lincolnshire, are working hard to make our services as accessible as possible to young people, so you can access the right support at the right time.
If you feel that this service might be able to support your child, please speak to you child's class teacher.
Speech and Language Therapy is part of Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS) Children's Therapy team. This team also includes Children's Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. The team work across the county in a variety of settings with children and young people aged 0-19 years who have identified Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and / or motor difficulties with eating, drinking or swallowing.
The Speech and Language Therapy team consists of Speech and Language Therapists and assistants.
The aim of the team is to help the child/young person reach their full potential through providing appropriate intervention, advice and support.
They do this by carrying out highly specialist assessments to identify the need and, in partnership with the child or young person; parents, schools or nurseries, goals are set and management options agreed upon.
The service works closely with parents, children’s centre staff and school staff to implement the strategies and targeted therapy that a child will need.
The service advises on and supports the introduction of augmentative forms of communication such as Makaton / voice output communication aids (VOCAS).
Interventions may be in the form of time - limited specific targeted work, programmed support or advice and strategies integrated into the child's daily routines. The therapists do not work with the child or young person indefinitely but aim to empower them and their parents to become the experts in their own care seeking advice from the therapists when necessary. In working very closely with other professionals in health, education and social care such as teachers, pre school staff, specialist nurses and parents / carers the therapists can advise on ways to improve communication and language development.
If you feel that this service will be able to support your child, please speak to your child's class teacher, alternatively a self referral can be made using the contact details below.
MindEd For Families - MindEd for Families is a website that offers safe and reliable advice about young people’s mental health.