Service changes and visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.



Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.

You can read some general  NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

The Language lead role

Nationally it is recognised that speech, language and communication skills are required for every child to reach their potential, particularly in terms of their attainment and their social & emotional wellbeing. To support this agenda Nottinghamshire is committed to encouraging practitioners to develop additional skills in relation to speech, language and communication. These enhanced practitioners are known as language leads.

Language leads need to have a passion for driving forward crucial messages around speech, language and communication. They need have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that speech, language and communication (SLC) is considered in all planning, delivery and evaluation of services for the children and families within their care.

Everything you need to know about becoming a language lead can be found in the document filed below called ‘The language lead role: a guide for practitioners’

There is a supplementary guide for owners and managers wishing to support a member of staff in the language lead role: The Language Lead Role: A guide for managers. This is also filed below.




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