Info for Healthcare Professionals

Essential Criteria and Application Policy

Health Challenge Camps

We invite applications from children aged 8 to 17 years, living in the UK, who are currently receiving treatment, or experiencing the difficulties of a serious health challenge. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Blood disorders (eg Sickle Cell Disease, Haemophilia)
  • Endocrine disorders (eg Diabetes)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (eg Inflammatory bowel disease, TPN-dependent)
  • Cancer and Leukaemia
  • Rheumatological conditions (eg Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus)
  • Immunological disorders (eg HIV, primary immune deficiency)
  • Respiratory disorders (eg Severe Asthma)
  • Skin conditions (eg Severe Eczema)
  • Severe Allergies
  • Heart conditions (eg Congenital Heart Disease)
  • Kidney disease (eg Polycystic Kidney Disease, Renal Failure)
  • Neurological disorders (eg Epilepsy, Spina Bifida)
  • Neuromuscular disorders (eg Muscular Dystrophy)
  • Organ Transplant
  • Physical disability (eg Spinal Injury)

To ensure the child is able to benefit fully from our camp programme, they must also:

  • have the physical ability to participate in an action-packed activity programme with a range of high and low energy activities
  • have the social and emotional ability to participate in a group setting and team activities with children of their own age
  • be able to communicate their needs independently
  • be able to transfer from chair to floor and floor to chair without assistance if they use a wheelchair

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept campers who:

  • have Cystic Fibrosis or Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (due to the risk of cross-infection and infection to immunocompromised campers)
  • are more than 2 years off treatment,  if they do not have any ongoing health challenges
  • have learning, behavioural or social communication needs that would prevent them from participating in age appropriate group activities
  • are on the ketogenic diet
  • need overnight care/intervention/monitoring, or health care needs that require constant one to one support

Before attending camp, each camper’s parent application and a medical form completed by their own doctor or nurse, is reviewed by one of our Nursing Team. This is to ensure that the camper meets our eligibility criteria and that their needs can be met by the team at camp. Any required care plans can be formulated ahead of time. We will consider the child’s ability to participate in the programme, their psychosocial wellbeing, and what other opportunities are available to them. Each application is considered on it’s own merits, however as places are limited, we will give priority to those children who have never attended camp before.

Sibling Camp

We invite applications from children aged 8 to 17 who have a sibling who is currently receiving treatment, or experiencing the challenges of serious health challenge. Their unwell sibling does not need to be within the 8 to 17 year age group. Unfortunately we are unable to accept children who have learning, behavioural or social communication needs that would prevent them from participating in age appropriate group activities

Family Camp

We invite applications from families living in the UK who have a child with a serious health challenge. The child with the health challenge can be any age from 0-17; however, one child in the family should be within the 8 to 17 year age group. Those attending should also:

  • have the physical ability to participate in an action packed activity programme, including activities such as climbing and archery
  • have the social and emotional ability to participate in a group setting and team activities with children of their own age
  • be able to communicate their needs independently

Unfortunately we are unable to accept children who have learning, behavioural or social communication needs that would prevent them from participating in age appropriate group activities.

Returning Campers

Over The Wall accepts applications from returning campers who continue to meet our camper essential requirements, and will allocate camp places based on need. Campers will usually be placed on a waiting list if they have attended camp three or more times, to allow new campers to experience camp. Waiting list places will be allocated based on need and availability. As we're always trying to improve our application process and with each child's changing needs families can apply for as long as they meet our criteria but a new application will be required on each occasion. Places are not guaranteed ​and whilst we consider every child's needs individually, returning campers may be put on the reserve list to allow new campers the opportunity to experience camp.

 

 

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Medical Provision at Camp

The medical programme is overseen year round by our Nursing Team, which is headed by our Nursing Director, Natalie Marshall. The team will review each child’s application to ensure we can meet their needs at camp. They may contact parents or the child’s nurse/doctor if they need further information or specific care plans.

The medical team at camp is known as ‘Beach Patrol’. They are a team of volunteer nurses and doctors who come from varied areas of practice. The team is led by our Nursing Director or one of the OTW Nursing Co-ordinators, who are all senior nurses. Our volunteer Nurses (child, adult and learning disabilities) come from a range of clinical backgrounds. Our volunteer Doctors are ST2 and above in Paediatrics, General Practice or Emergency Medicine. We have at least one doctor at each Health Challenges camp, who is practicing at a senior level (ST4+). All are subject to an interview, references and DBS check. 

At Health Challenges camp, we usually have a Beach Patrol team of around 10 to ensure each camper team has a doctor or nurse. We have a smaller Beach Patrol team of around 3 at Sibling Camp. At Family Camp, parents will be responsible for providing their child’s care, but we will have a nurse or doctor there to provide support. Overnight there will be a nurse/doctor on call for emergencies.

Care is given in the ‘Beach Hut’, our beach themed medical room. Beach Patrol will be responsible for providing “home from home care”, which includes giving medications, NG/PEG feeds, carbohydrate counting, bladder/bowel care and other necessary care. Whilst we are able to provide first aid and emergency care, camp is not equipped to provide care for acutely unwell children, therefore if a child becomes unwell at camp, we may need to transfer them to hospital for ongoing care.

 

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Healthcare Professional Form

Every child applying for our Health Challenges Camps must have a Healthcare Professional Form completed by their Nurse Specialist or Consultant. The child’s application will not be fully assessed until this form is received. 

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL FORM 

This form must be completed by the child's Nurse Specialist or Consultant.

Forms completed by parents will not be accepted.

More Information

We have Regional Coordinators located around the UK who are more than happy to meet with you and your colleagues, provide leaftlets and posters, or any answer any of your questions. Please get in touch.

 

South & London Regional Coordinator

Camper Recruitment: Hayley

079466 27548 hayley@otw.org.uk

 

 

 

Midlands and North of England Regional Coordinators

Camper Recruitment: Michelle

07775 581 292, michelle@otw.org.uk

 

 

Scotland & North East England Regional Coordinator

Camper Recruitment: Susanne

07508 818001, susanne@otw.org.uk