Physical Impairment and Medical Support Team using an Early Help Assessment (EHA)

Information regarding the Physical Impairment and Medical Support  Team (PIMST) and also their Special Educational Needs Assistive Technology Advisory Service (SENATAS), including criteria to access the team/service, should be referred to and can be found on the Professional Choices website (www.professionalchoices.org.uk) and/or the Support Services for Education website (www.supportservicesforeducation.co.uk)

Please read these notes alongside the EHA as you complete it with parents/carers:

  • Sections 1 and 2 need to be completed
  • Section 3 must be completed as it gives consent
  • In section 4 we only require details of the child/young person being referred but you may complete the whole section to provide a wider context
  • In section 5, we only require the names, address and contact details of parents/carers
  • In section 6, we only need to know professionals who are directly involved with the child/young person you are referring. You may complete the whole section to provide a wider context
  • Please complete as much as you can in section 7.

For SENATAS please ensure you note the following in section 7a:

Information Technology (IT) Assessment – Does the child/young person understand cause and effect? Current method of recording? Familiar with Upper/Lowercase? Reading age? Spelling age?

Plus also the following in section 7d:

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Assessment – How does the child/young person communicate at present? School/setting using Inclusive Communication (formally STC) strategies? Are “low tech” communication aids  e.g photo books, being used and how?

For PIMST:

Please ensure you include the child/young person’s means of communication  e.g speech, signing, symbols and/or gestures in section 7d.

Please ensure you include the child/young person’s main  means of mobility e.g walking  or  powered wheelchair user in section 7d.

Please ensure you include the child/young person’s other means of mobility, if appropriate e.g walking frame and/or sticks in section 7d.

  • Please complete as much of section 8 as you are able
  • In section 9, use the drop down menu to select “Physical Impairment and Medical Support Team ”