Health and Welfare bases:

(Terraces, Outreach, Dover Road, Derriford Floor 12 and Plym Bridge House)

We aim for all students to remain on the roll of their home school, if this is appropriate for the needs of the student. Prime responsibility for their education lies with their home school. Schools referring a pupil should liaise with appropriate medical professionals to ensure minimal delay in arranging appropriate provision for the child and providing professional advice. The school and ACE should consult parents before teaching begins. Parents have an important role to play, whether their child is at home, and alternative provision or in hospital.

We ask schools to directly refer to ACE through Primary, Secondary or S19 placement panels, supported by a medical consultant’s written referral. All pupils will require to have a Plymouth Information Passport (PIP) prepared by the referring school or agency following agreement with the parent. To ensure we can best support the student and share appropriate information, submit all relevant information to enable us to support the child, including enabling us to make proper risk assessments and best safeguard the child.

Email: kirsty.lambert@aceschools.net

Contact number: 07710 307439

Aim is to have an intensive, multi-agency 4 week assessment of children whose presentation is too complex to reach a diagnosis in the usual clinics. It is aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 14 and mainly around neuro-developmental disorders. At the end of the process the conclusions and diagnoses (if any) are fed back, initially to parents and then to a multi-agency meeting where there is chance to suggest strategies that could be tried in order to support the child and parents. Parents are signposted towards groups and courses that might be helpful and suggestions are made to other agencies about ensuring that the children’s needs are met moving forward.  This involves early detection and provision of preventative or short term support to children and families in need. Detailed reports are then written for each child and these include all the diagnoses, medical background, medication (if appropriate), recommendations and detailed reports from speech and language, psychology etc, where they have been used.

Intervention at this stage is provided to children and young people who are experiencing neurodevelopmental, attachment difficulties, mental health and or emotional difficulties, they may also be engaging in risky behaviours which are progressively impacting on the child’s, young person’s and/or families psychological, social, and educational functioning. This stream of the service includes TAMHS and Triangular consultations via their home schools.

The unit is staffed by experienced and appropriately trained multi-disciplinary staff group which includes: a consultant psychiatrist and other medical staff (doctors), registered nursing staff who have either mental health or children’s nursing qualifications, health care assistants, clinical psychologists, occupational therapist (and assistant), teachers and teaching assistants, administration staff and housekeeping staff.

Contact: Sue Field

Email: sue.field@aceschools.net

Address: The Terraces, Mount Gould Hospital, Mount Gould Road, PL4 7QD

This is a provision for students with medical or mental health needs/difficulties who are unable to attend their mainstream education and require intervention and education in their home or an alternative environment in order to continue with their educational studies and work towards their aspirations.

Students may be referred to Outreach if they have a history of school non-attendance or lack of engagement due to mental health problems. Additionally, educational support may be requested for those who have had medical treatment/surgeries or who have an ongoing, chronic condition. The ACE Outreach team, teaches and supports learning for these students with the intention of preparing them for their next steps. This involves aspects of Post 16 provision, school support or intervention, transition support when changing school or moving to a different ACE provision.

Where possible Outreach students should remain on their main school roll, and mainstream staff should link with the Outreach teachers to discuss and where possible, supply work for their students so that the return to school is smoother. The main focus of educational input is around English, Maths and Science; however, if students have a desire to complete other qualifications, we always try to facilitate this.

Contact: Outreach Coordinator: Jo.dibben@aceschools.net

Contact: Link teacher for Outreach: Karen.oliver@aceschools.net

This is a small site provision where students with medical or mental health needs/difficulties (such as high anxiety, ASD etc) are unable to attend their mainstream education for various reasons and require specific intervention and education, so that they are able to continue with their educational studies and aspirations.

We, ACE try to support around their MH needs/difficulties in an educational manner to prepare them for their next steps. This often looks at Post 16 provision, school support or intervention, transition support to another school if their home school is not an option, non-attendance or engagement due to mental health problems.

Where possible Dover Road students should remain on their main school roll, and should link with the base manager Phil Rowe about work the student needs to complete, so that a transition to school is smoother. The main focus of educational input is that Dover Road is a temporary provision to support and enable students to make a successful transition, when staff and data evidence, signals students are ready to take the next step.

Many students come from Outreach to Dover Road as a step towards returning to main stream or alternative placement schooling.

Base manager Phil Rowe

Email: philip.rowe@aceschools.net

Address: ACE Dover Road, 49 Dover Road, Plymouth, PL6 8ST.

Our classroom caters mainly for two in-patient wards on level 12 of Derriford Hospital, as well as a High Dependency Unit and Children’s Outpatient Department. Pupils range from aged 0-16. All wards are managed by NHS staff and link with exterior specialist comprehensive services such as CAMHS, Social Care, Schools and Community Health services. It serves the population of Plymouth as well as further afield in Cornwall and Devon.

As the facilitators of education on Level 12, we offer a safe and welcoming facility which aims to support, motivate and supervise children who need education. Our pupils may be in hospital for a day or for weeks, with a range of both physical and mental medical conditions. Our aim is to support the emotional and social needs of children who may be experiencing ill health barriers to their learning. We aim to complement the work of the NHS staff by taking responsibility for agreed learning activities. We aim to provide educational support in any way we can – from classes and activities running in the classroom to tutoring at the bedside, liaising with home schools and encouraging students to ‘keep up’ with their learning whilst unable to attend their normal school rather than having to catch-up when they return.

Contact: Rebecca Hayter, Hospital Education Facilitator

E-mail: Rebecca.Hayter@aceschools.net

Address: Derriford Hospital, Floor 12.

Is a tier 4 unit run by Livewell Southwest and works in partnership with ACE. It serves the population of 12 to 18 year olds in Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon and Torbay with severe mental health problems or mental illness requiring inpatient admission. We have a maximum of 12 beds for young people in the South West peninsula. Young people are admitted to Plym Bridge House for acute, short-term assessment and treatment. The overarching principle of the unit is to provide care and treatment for young people in the least restrictive way for the minimum amount of time.

The unit is staffed by experienced and appropriately trained multi-disciplinary staff group which includes: a consultant psychiatrist and other medical staff (doctors), registered nursing staff who have either mental health or children’s nursing qualifications, health care assistants, clinical psychologists, occupational therapist (and assistant), family therapist, teachers and teaching assistants, administration staff and housekeeping staff.

ACE offers educational provision for young people whilst undergoing assessment and treatment. It is a short term provision for individuals and families with their difficulties, but enabling the young people to maintain their academic educational input whilst having support with their mental health difficulties, in partnership with CAHMS.

The aim is to preparing them to return to their mainstream school, or a new school, when appropriate to do so, with a package of input from CAHMS.

We work hard to maintain a progressive yet relaxed and calm school experience of timetabled lessons, specialist subject teachers and alternative lessons whilst ensuring a nurturing environment for a variety of learners needs. We are successful at supporting reintegration and transitions through vigorous planning and developing partnership work with schools, colleges and a multitude of agencies.

Contact: Kirsty Lambert

Email: kirsty.lambert@aceschools.net

Contact number: 07710 307439

Address: 4 William Prance Road, Derriford, PL6 5ZD

Staff Testimonial:

‘I wanted to work at ACE because of the work you do with young people who are having a difficult period in their lives. I enjoy helping contribute to their wellbeing, confidence, and develop a fun, safe space for learning. I love working at Plym Bridge House because I have always had an interest in mental health and gain a great deal of satisfaction from seeing the young people in their recovery.’

Ione Georgakis