You may meet the following staff responsible for caring for your child while they are at Collingham (in alphabetical order):
There are two senior family therapists at Collingham, and both are experienced in working with families, couples and individuals. Each week, family therapists meet with families, and may be joined in the work by other colleagues.
Family therapists also act as case co-ordinators for a large proportion of the children and families at Collingham. This involves organising meetings and keeping an overview of your child’s day-to-day progress, as well as liaising with professionals in the community.
Family therapists help run the weekly Parenting Skills Group to which you will be invited during your child’s stay.
The nursing team at Collingham includes nursing assistants and qualified nurses, Each member of staff has experience of working with children.
Nursing staff are continuously available from 9am on Monday morning to 5pm Friday afternoon. They are with the children 24 hours a day, ensuring they are safe and able to talk about any worries or concerns.
Nursing staff may visit your home to see you and your child before admission. This is to allow them to get to know you and your family and to see how we can make Collingham feel a bit more like home. They will meet with you and your child each Monday to talk about how the weekend has gone, talking about what went well and any difficulties.
The occupational therapist helps children with difficulties to independently carry out everyday tasks. They assess their ability to carry out such tasks, and work with them to improve their skills. They can also provide advice about how to help children build up daily living and independence skills.
There are several doctors at Collingham led by our consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist. All the doctors are able to look after both the physical and psychiatric needs of your child.
Doctors are involved in the admission process, when they will perform a physical check on your child. They will meet you to take a detailed medical history and will liaise with other relevant professionals who know your child.
Doctors will discuss with you any plans for drug treatment and seek your consent. They will also talk with your child about any drug treatments, and monitor their effectiveness.
The doctors may meet with your child individually to assess how they are feeling and thinking.
The clinical psychologist is involved with most children who come to Collingham. They may meet with your child individually to conduct specific assessments and to talk about difficulties that they may want help with. They will work with the nurses to think about the best ways to respond to and manage behavioural difficulties.
Psychologists may deliver individual therapy to your child and will meet with you from time to time to keep you updated on assessment results and the progress of any individual therapy.
Social workers help parents and children in various ways. They case co-ordinate some children’s care on the unit. They help run the Parents Support Group and Parent Skills Group. Sometimes they attend family meetings. They provide practical help in organising travel reimbursement and claiming benefits, and they link up with local social services about help in the community.
Together with the service manager, the social workers have a lead responsibility for child protection. This means dealing with worries about children’s safety and wellbeing at Collingham and at home. For example, if children or parents tell staff that a child has been hurt or mistreated they will plan with staff and parents how to respond to this.
A speech and language therapist can assess and treat children with speech, language and communication problems to enable them to communicate and learn to the best of their ability. This may involve working directly with the child and supporting others such as schools and families.
The teachers and learning assistants at Collingham are part of the Chelsea Community Hospital School, although teaching takes place at Collingham. They provide access to the full National Curriculum tailored to the needs of the individual pupils.
Teachers are available to meet with parents on Monday mornings and after 3.30pm each day.
You may also meet:
Paul Byrne is the Service Manager, with overall responsibility for day-to-day running of the unit. Luke DeWitt is his deputy.
Dr Gillian Rose, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, holds overall responsibility for clinical work on the unit.
Janette Steel is the Head Teacher for Chelsea Community Hospital School. Amanda Thompson is the Assistant Head.