Integrated Service for Children with Additional Needs

Who are we?

ISCAN is an integrated service made up of Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition & Dietetics and Complex Needs Nursing. We are a community service working from a range of sites across Tameside and Glossop. We offer assessments and treatment in a variety of places including local clinics, nurseries, special and mainstream schools and young people’s homes. We work closely with families and other professionals to support young people to achieve their potential in all aspects of their life. We also work closely with other health professionals such as Health Visitors, School Nurses and Consultant Paediatricians, as well as social care and education.

All babies, children and young people are important. They each have their own unique personality and potential and they deserve the best possible care to support their health and development. Working here, this will be at the forefront of the service you deliver.

Our mission

We aim is to offer a coordinated family focused service to enable young people to achieve their potential. We work together to offer assessment, advice and treatment for young people with a range of additional needs. We put the young person and their family at the heart of our service to ensure that their needs are met.

Children and young people may need different types of support from services at different times. For this reason, we offer a graduated approach to interventions. Working here, you will work as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team to achieve the best outcome for the patient.  

If you are looking for a rewarding role where you can make a difference in the lives of children and their families, consider #TeamTameside.

Our ISCAN department is a nationally recognised and award winning service!


Children’s Community Occupational Therapy

The Children’s Occupational Therapy Service provides an occupation centred approach as a way to improve the health and wellbeing of children.

As an Occupational Therapist in ISCAN, you will work towards a holistic and collaborative model of care to ensure the care you deliver is in line with the patients needs. You will enable children and young people to participate as fully as possible in activities that are meaningful and important to them, considering any disabilities or additional needs. Our mission is to enable children and young people to achieve their potential regardless of their level of additional need and improve their day-to-day lives. 


Children’s Community Physiotherapy

As a Children’s Physiotherapist here within ISCAN, you will be responsible for the assessment and physical management of those needing treatment, from birth to 19 years.

You will be equipped with the right skills and specific knowledge to deliver appropriate care to the child or young person, and be able to educate and encourage family involvement, ensuring their needs are met. If you have experience and knowledge of child development and childhood conditions, this could be the position for you. 

Our Paediatric physiotherapists recognise the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents, and carers to maximise a child’s physical abilities and independence. Our Physiotherapists work closely with other professionals including Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Complex nurses, and Consultant Paediatricians.


Children’s Community Speech Therapy

Our Speech and Language Therapy Team provide life-improving support and care for children and young people who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking, or swallowing. As a children’s speech and language therapist here, you will work with a range of children; helping them communicate with others, build friendships, be successful at school and eat and drink safely. 

There is also the opportunity to specialise within speech and language therapy, we have a range of specialisms including: Autism, Stammering, Speech Sounds, Developmental Language Disorders, Eating and Drinking, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), and Dysphagia. Within this role, there are a lot of opportunities to learn and progress in line with your own career aspirations and patient needs.


We are based at Rowan House in Hyde, but we work across many different locations including community clinics, schools and nurseries and within the home. We have always played an important part in the Early Years Community, developing communication groups at a universal level whilst also providing targeted and specialist support to those children who need a little more help with their communication. 

Our goal is to make sure that the child’s environment and the people within it are able to support a child to reach their communication potential and to participate fully in all areas of their life. Working here, you will liaise closely with parents and carers, teachers and teaching assistants and other health professionals to offer a holistic approach to care.


Complex Needs Nursing

The ISCAN Complex Needs Nursing Team supports children with complex health needs and disabilities to achieve positive outcomes and be able to access education. If you are a qualified Children’s Nurse, a Learning Disability Nurse or a Support Worker with experience working with young people with complex needs, this could be the role for you. 

The Complex Needs Nursing Team currently supports 800 children and young people, helping them within education. This is a rewarding role where you get to see children developing and see the outcomes of the care you deliver.

These children and young people attend one of the following schools: Oakdale, Cromwell, Hawthorns and Samuel Laycock. The Complex Care Nursing Team also cares for children who are aged 0-19 years who currently are not in education.  

These children and young people may need specific support at home and / or in their mainstream setting or nursery.

Children’s Nutrition Team

We are a team of Nutrition Advisors and Senior Nutrition Advisors who offer healthy lifestyle courses, cooking support, training for professionals and foster carers and award schemes for settings such as schools, children’s homes and nurseries.  This is a rewarding role where there is a lot of variation and opportunity to learn new skills. You can follow the development of the children you work with and see the outcomes of the services you provide.


Children’s Dietitians Team 

The Dietetics Team here at Tameside & Glossop consists of Paediatric Dietitians, a Nutritionist, an Assistant Practitioner, and a Dietetic Assistant. Could you join us?

As part of the team, your role is to support children to get the nutrition and hydration that they need to grow and develop well. Working alongside other healthcare professions, you will take a collaborative approach to the care provided. This may be through eating and drinking, but in some cases, it may be through other means such as tube feeding.  

We work with children with a variety of medical and dietary requirements such as diabetes, coeliac disease, home tube feeding, faltering growth, weight management and fussy/selective eating. With variety, comes the opportunity to grow in your career and acquire new skills to maximise the care delivered.

Interested in joining the team?

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