Regional Integrated Support for Education NI (RISE NI)

The RISE NI (NHSCT) service has been developed in partnership with education colleagues in the north eastern and southern areas of the Education Authority to provide a service to schools within the NHSCT area. 

RISE NI (NHSCT) offers support to SENCOs, teachers, and assistants, as well as directly to children and their parents / carers.

RISE NI (NHSCT) supports are focused within Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

Our aim is…

‘to help children enjoy, achieve and learn to the best of their ability in school.’

What areas do we focus on?

In RISE NI (NHSCT), children are viewed holistically to promote:

  • Social, emotional and/or behavioural development
  • Speech, language and communication development
  • Sensory - motor and visual perceptual development

Who are we?

The RISE NI (NHSCT) service includes the following staff:

  • Behaviour Therapists
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Therapy Assistants
  • Higher Clerical Officers

What support does RISE NI (NHSCT) provide?

Universal Support: For all children
RISE NI (NHSCT) offers training, advice and strategies to education staff and parents to enhance and enrich the development of all children.

Targeted Support: For children who are at risk of not accessing the curriculum to the best of their ability.
RISE NI (NHSCT) staff will consider the concerns raised and recommend advice, strategies, class based and small group programmes or signpost to a more appropriate service.

Specialist Support: For children with persistent needs which are impacting on their access to the curriculum.
RISE NI (NHSCT) will provide assessment and intervention as required in the school setting.

To access these supports, children must:

  • Attend a school availing of the RISE NI (NHSCT) service
  • Be in Foundation Stage at the time of referral
  • Present with 2 or more of the following, which are impacting on their ability to fully access the curriculum:
    • social, emotional and behaviour needs
    • speech, language and communication needs
    • sensory - motor and visual perceptual needs        

When does support end?

  • When goals set have been met and no further support is indicated
  • If parents withdraw consent

Contact details:
For general enquiries, please email:

If you wish to speak to someone in the local teams, please call:

Mid-Ulster Office
Mid Ulster Hospital
59 Hospital Road
BT45 5EX
Tel: 028 8674 7860

Antrim/Ballymena Office
1 Steeple Road
BT41 1AF
Tel: 028 9442 7670

Causeway Office
Route House
Route Complex
8e Coleraine Road
Tel: 028 2766 1237

East Antrim Office
Bungalow 2
Thornfield House School
8-12 Jordanstown Road
BT37 0QF
Tel: 028 9036 0910

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Page last updated:26 June 2019