"Excellent support service for our son, now aged 7"

About: Children & younger people's services / Child & family health team Mansfield & Ashfield

(as a parent/guardian),

We were receiving very limited support at home and school for our son who had previously been diagnosed with ASD and ADHD when he was 5 (although this had been suspected by ourselves and medical professionals from the age of 2).

Even with a diagnosis, we received very little support and day to day family life was very, very tough for ourselves and a younger son.

Our school nurse got involved, initially due to continence issues. However she saw our situation and gladly facilitated appropriate assistance at both school and home by drawing up a CAF. She acted as our lead professional and got the necessary agencies involved which means that the help at school is much better and tailored for our son's requirements.

We feel also much more supported and are now receiving short break respite.

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Response from Bassetlaw Health Partnership, Nottinghamshire Healthcare

I was really pleased to read that your son's involvement with our school nursing service has improved the support that you and your son are receiving.

I will ensure that your kind comments are passed onto the service and would like to thank you for sharing your experience.

Response from Helen Firth, Professional Service Lead, Countywide Health Services for Children and Young People, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

School Nurses are in an excellent position to coordinate support for families and its great to hear that you got the support you needed. We really appreciate your positive feedback and it will give the whole team a boost. Thank You.

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