Children in care


The Children In Care (CIC) Health Team provides health support for all children and young people that are placed in the care of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP Council) and Dorset Council.

Our aim is to help children and young people with their physical and emotional health needs and promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Initial health assessment

When a child or young person comes into care, we are notified, along with University Hospitals Dorset, by the child’s social worker. 

University Hospitals Dorset will arrange an initial health assessment (IHA) with one of the community paediatricians in Dr Lachlan’s team who hold clinics in Poole and Dorchester. The child or young person will be accompanied to this assessment by their carer.

When the doctor has completed the assessment they  will draw up an initial health plan for the child or young person. This will inform the health and social care team of any identified health needs and a treatment plan.

The health recommendations from this will be sent to the carer and the young person if applicable.

Every child in care has a CiC nurse.

You can contact the team on 01305 361127 or at dhc.dorsetcichealth@nhs.net.

The continuing role of the team and review health assessments 

Review health assessments (RHAs) are carried out regularly once a child or young person has had their IHA. If the child is aged under five, we will arrange for the named health visitor to complete an RHA every six months.

All other children or young people will receive an annual RHA by one of the nurses in our team. This can be a home visit, timed after school hours to meet the child and their carer to assess and  identify any health needs and agree a plan to follow up as appropriate. It can also be in a clinic or by virtual means.  We can refer to allied health professionals and teams such as; Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, Paediatric Care, Substance Use Services, School Health Team or GP services.

The CIC Health Team also provides training to multi-agency team members and health workshops for Children In Care.

Questionnaires for review health assessments

Meet the team

Designated Doctor Pan-Dorset for CiC:

Dr Rachel Lachlan

 

Community paediatricians:

Dr Helen Billington

Dr Sharon Doyle

Dr Laura Ahmed

Dr Catherine Carus

Dr Alyssia Broomfield

Jenna Pitt is the Named Nurse and Service Lead for CiC Dorset.  She is a registered nurse and school nurse.

BCP Team

Jan Hoyland, team lead is a Specialist Nurse for CiC and is a registered nurse and health Visitor.

Abi Clark, Care Leavers Nurse

April Johnson,  Specialist CiC nurse

Marian Benson, Specialist CiC nurse

Michelle Widdicombe, Specialist CiC nurse

Emily Garner, Specialist CiC nurse (Maternity Leave)

Michelle Gwilym, Team CiC nurse

Ahmed Abdulrahman, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioner  for CiC

 

Dorset Team

Clare Billings, team lead is a Specialist Nurse for CiC and is a registered nurse and school nurse

Abi Clark, Care Leavers Nurse

Hayley Matthews, Specialist CiC nurse

Felicity Ash, Specialist CiC nurse

Helen Kneebone, Specialist CiC nurse

Pip Eversden, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioner  for CiC

 

 

Our locations

Bournemouth Chirstchurch and Poole Children In Care Health Team

CYPSC

14a Commercial Road

Poole

Dorset  BH14 0JW

 

 

Dorset Children In Care Health Team

Forston Clinic

Herrison Road

Charlton Down

Dorchester

Dorset  DT2 9TB

 

CAMHS School nursing and health visiting All Services