Health professionals

Learner in the hydrotherapy pool during a physio session stretching for the ball
Learner in the hydrotherapy pool during a physio session stretching for the ball

Our multi disciplinary team of health specialists provide excellent medical and health care

Therapy 

We assess young people’s therapeutic requirements prior to entry.  A therapy and health programme is devised to support all aspects of their daily life.

Our skilled on-site therapists support physical development and sensory needs using a range of techniques and specialist equipment including communication aids.

Specialist on-site clinics deal with the provision of orthotics and wheelchairs.  A multi-professional Dysphagia team supports those with complex eating and swallowing difficulties.  The therapy provision includes a hydro pool, gym, trampoline (rebound), a sensory integration room, as well as specialist bikes, tandems and adapted tricycles.

Nursing 

The nurses and enabling teams actively promote a person-centred approach to medication.  We work closely with each young person to support those who are able to self-medicate.  The nurse team contribute to multi-professional working to offer an holistic approach to health issues, including sexual health and relationships, healthy lifestyles, and nutrition.

Clinics

Young people and adults have access to a number of services including:

  • General practitioner
  • Consultants eg. paediatrician
  • Ophthalmologist, optometrist and orthoptist clinics
  • Dietician
  • Audiometry
  • Orthotic
  • Wheelchair

Health appointments can also be made off-site.  The nurse and therapy teams work together with the young people and other staff to develop independence and encourage them to take responsibility for their own health and well-being.

Clinical Psychology

The clinical psychologist offers support and advice to young people, their families and WESC Foundation staff in a number of areas. This support enables the young person and the supporting staff to manage areas of difficulty requiring specialist approaches.

Health related appointments can also be made for young people off-site. The health professionals work together with the young people and supporting staff to develop independence and encourage them to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

Care

Young people who live away from home need a challenging and supportive learning environment which also encourages them to reach their full potential by becoming socially and educationally independent.

Our care team are highly experienced professionals who assist the young people to develop into mature individuals who are able to make responsible personal choices and value themselves and others.

An organised and varied extended curriculum is provided to enhance learning. This includes simple, everyday activities such as supermarket visits, trips to the beach or park, leisure activities such as ten-pin bowling, skiing or residential holidays.

All activities are designed to provide great fun and memorable, life-enhancing experiences such as making new friends, learning about others, building self-confidence and self-esteem, with particular emphasis on skills for independent living.

WESC offers:

  • experienced and qualified staff
  • individual care plans
  • named key-workers
  • weekly boarding for pre-16
  • weekly and termly boarding for post-16
  • trips and activities ranging from the routine to the adventurous
  • planned programmes to develop social and life skills
  • supported living.

Young people benefit from the care and support that they receive at WESC Foundation. They are encouraged to maximise their potential both academically and socially.