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Children's Health and Social Care
General introduction to Children’s Health and Social Care Services


Universal services, can also be known as primary care, are met by NHS providers and these are universally available to all. 


Examples of a universal service includes GP, Dental and health visiting.

Some health care services can only be accessed by an assessment or referral from a health or social care professional, these are known as Specialised Services and/or Targeted services.  Example includes speech and language therapy, Occupational therapy.

Not all health services can be provided in the Isles of Scilly and can be accessed in Cornwall, for example:

  • physical or sensory difficulties

  • developmental delay or impairment

  • maintaining a healthy weight

  • speech, language and communication needs

  • difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing

  • epilepsy

  • diabetes

  • mental health issues

  • complex and technology-dependent health care needs

  • life-limiting/life-threatening conditions

These are provided by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and some voluntary and community sector organisations.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) provides child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and specialist children’s services, including speech and language therapy, community nursing services and learning disability services.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) provide acute care and hospital services, and Community Paediatrician and some community services.

Social Care services are provided by the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

Further information


NHS Kernow

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

Council of the Isles of Scilly

NHS Handi app


The Handi app has been developed by paediatric consultants, it's full of advice on common childhood illnesses and advises on the best course of action whether to treat at home, make a GP appointment, or head to A&E - check your child's symptoms with Handi app.

Available from the Android or Apple app store.


The timelines were coproduced with input from professionals, organisations and representatives from the Parent Carer Forum and mark milestones along a child's journey from birth to adulthood and living independently.  It shows where professionals and organisation offer support to a child and their families both universal and more specialist intervention if needed. There are 4 timelines covering the 4 areas of preparing for adulthood: