Physical Impairment and Medical Support Team (PIMST)

Service Information:

The PIMST is part of the SPOT (Sensory, Physical and Occupational Therapy) service, SEND & Inclusion support Somerset. The PIMS team works with children and young people (C&YP) from birth up to 18 years old, and advice on support for young people up to 25 in educational setting.

We are a team of advisory teachers; we have all held the role of SENCO in either nursery/ primary/middle/secondary/post 16 settings. All members of our team have had direct experience in supporting the needs of children and young people with a wide range of physical and medical conditions.

SENATAS – Special Educational Needs Assistive Technology Advisory Service is part of our team and includes an IT Advisor and Support Assistant Advisor, who have had over 20 years’ experience of providing support in education settings for pupils with complex needs. This is an integral part of PIMST and offers an assessment and advisory service for all children and young people with complex needs, who may require alternative recording methods or communication aids.

We visit children and young people in their homes, pre-school settings, schools and colleges in and beyond Somerset.

We provide information to children and young people, parents, carers and staff about the effects of physical impairments and/or medical needs, and strategies to support access to learning and independence.

We offer support, training and advice for children and young people, parents/carers and staff in order to be sure the requirements of your child or young person are planned for in all settings and at transition.

We offer advice and training about meeting the needs of children with recording, communication and assistive technology requirements.

We provide advice and support access to assistive devices such as communication aids and specialist IT equipment.

Service Criteria to include in the EHA:

Criteria to access this service, should be referred to and can be found below and/or on the Support Services for Education website.

The below information is required in addition to the information already requested in the EHA.

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.

Section 5:

We only require the names, address and contact details of parents/carers.

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.

Section 7:

Please ensure you include the following:

  • Child/young person’s means of communication, e.g. speech, signing, symbols and/or gestures.
  • Child/young person’s main means of mobility, e.g. walking or powered wheelchair user.
  • Child/young person’s other means of mobility, if appropriate, e.g. walking frame and/or sticks.

Section 9:

Use the drop-down menu to select “Physical Impairment and Medical Support Team”.

Contact Details:

Email address: InclusionSENRequests@somerset.gov.uk
Email address for pre-referral advice: spotservice@somerset.gov.uk