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Check our website for any relevant self-help techniques
Check our website to find referral criteria for the service you require
For urgent same-day referrals, call our HealthHub 0300 365 1234
If you’re unable to fill in a referral form, call our HealthHub 0300 365 1234
If you’re not the young person, their parent or carer you will need consent to refer
Please complete ALL sections of the referral form before you click submit
You may be asked for extra information on completion of the referral form
Your referral will be triaged and a decision made about the appropriate support

Our ADHD Pathway is made up of an experienced multi-disciplinary team who assess and provide treatment for young people between the ages of 6-18.

Referrals should be made by a professional who has been able to observe your child, such as a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) or an educational psychologist.

Please read the referral criteria carefully before you go ahead and make a referral.

Our Autism Assessment Team provides an assessment service for children and young people up to the age of 18, where there is a concern that they have difficulties with communicating and relating to others. We assess children and young people to see if their difficulties are due to autism.

There is no medical test for autism. A decision about diagnosis is made on the basis of detailed information about your child's early development and how they are now. This information is gathered by talking to you, an individual assessment with your child, and gathering information from school.

Once an assessment is complete, families are given information about support available at home and at school. This includes information on autism-specific parenting workshops and groups in their area, and access to specialist advisory teachers where available. Parents and carers will also be invited to join an online support network.

Ideally referrals should come from professionals that know the child well, such as their teacher, special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) or health visitor.

Please read the referral criteria carefully before you go ahead and make a referral.

We offer a specialist CAMHS service for children and young people with severe mental health concerns. Other support is available in Berkshire’s six local authority areas and you can find information through the Local offer section on our SEND page.

We accept referrals from health, education, children’s services colleagues, parents and carers. Young people can also self-refer if they are over 16.

Children and young people presenting with emotional and behavioural difficulties with no associated mental illness, do not usually need to be referred to CAMHS and should be supported through local services as described in the Local Offer. Our HealthHub team is available for consultation and discussion prior to making a referral to consider appropriateness.

Please read the CAMHS referral criteria carefully before you go ahead and make a referral.

Our occupational therapy team helps children who have difficulties doing everyday activities, such as dressing, feeding, writing, socialising and play, due to a problem with their fine motor skills, coordination and/or ability to make sense of the world around them.   

We also provide advice and guidance on sensory strategies, and special equipment such as off-the-shelf hand splints, adapted cutlery and plates, writing aids, specialist seating for schools, and switches.

How to access our services

We accept referrals from parents and carers, teachers, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and GPs.

Please check that all the strategies relating to their difficulties in the support and advice section have been tried, and if you still have concerns please make a referral following the process as follows.

If you’re based in Slough, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead or Bracknell areas we accept referrals for all children and young people from 0-19 years. Please use our referral form to access the occupational therapy service.

If you’re based in Reading, Wokingham or Newbury areas, we will only accept referrals for children who are school aged and have either a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHCP (Educational, Health, Care Plan).

Occupational Therapy Services for children under 5 years and school aged children who do not have an EHCP or a Statement of Special Educational Needs are provided by the Royal Berkshire Hospital (Dingley Paediatric Occupational Therapy service). They have a different referral process (please see below).

Royal Berkshire Hospital

The RBH occupational therapy team requires a medical referral from a GP or paediatrician. As we don’t manage these referrals, you should contact RBH occupational therapy directly.

Children who should be referred to RBH Occupational Therapy:

  • Children under school age, who live in the Newbury, Reading and Wokingham Local Authority areas
  • Children of all ages who don’t have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) and who live in the Newbury, Reading and Wokingham local authority areas

RBH Occupational Therapy contact details

Dingley Specialist Children’s Centre
3-5 Craven Road
Reading
RG1 5LF

Phone number  0118 3225 366

Our community paediatricians support children and young people under the age of 18 with complex needs relating to development, growth and nutrition, special educational needs, behavioural issues and common childhood problems.

We see children who are under 18, registered with an East Berkshire GP or attending a special school in East Berkshire. For West Berkshire services, please contact Royal Berkshire Hospital.

How to access our services

We accept referrals from GPs or other health professionals, including health visitors and school nurses who’ve been working with the child.

Once we’ve accepted a referral, we’ll allocate a doctor and arrange to see your child within 18 weeks. We’ll send you a letter confirming the appointment date approximately three weeks in advance.

If we can’t accept the referral, we’ll notify the referrer immediately.  

Make a referral using our online form

Our physiotherapy team specialises in assessing and treating children and young people with difficulties affecting their movement and physical development. We work with children, parents and carers to help prevent disability associated with existing conditions.

We help children develop their gross motor skills and provide advice on postural needs, mobility (including walking) and special equipment, such as seating and standing equipment, mobility aids and splints.

We do not see children with orthopaedic conditions such as painful joints/muscles, broken bones or respiratory conditions. These are seen by hospital-based paediatric physiotherapists at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (for the west of the county) and Wexham Park Hospital or Frimley Hospital (for the east of the county).

How to access our services

We accept referrals from parents and carers, teachers, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and GPs.

Once a referral is made, it will be triaged (looked at by a clinician) to see how we can help. This may be telephone advice or signposting to other services.If a clinic assessment is required, this will be made in the locality closest to your home.

Before referring a young person to Physiotherapy, please check that all the strategies relating to their difficulties  support and advice section have already been tried. 

If you’re based in Slough, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead Bracknell or Newbury areas, please use our referral form to access the Physiotherapy service.

If you’re based in Reading or Wokingham areas, please see information below about the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Royal Berkshire Hospital

Some Physiotherapy services for children are provided by the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH), which has a different referral process. As we don’t manage these referrals, GPs and paediatricians should contact RBH Physiotherapy directly.

Children who should be referred to RBH Physiotherapy:

  • Children under school age, who live in the Reading and Wokingham local authority areas.

RBH Physiotherapy contact details

Dingley Specialist Children’s Centre
3-5 Craven Road
Reading
RG1 5LF

Phone number  0118 322 5213

Our Specialist Dietetics team provides help and support for children and young people with disabilities or complex needs who have eating difficulties.

How to access our service

We accept referrals from any relevant  health care practitioner for the following conditions/nutritional issues:

- Enteral feeding, both nasogastric and gastrostomy feeding

- Any child attending special school with nutritional or eating issues that are affecting their growth or wellbeing.

NB, we do not currently accept referrals for overweight children. There is an information pack available which you can access by contacting your local dietetics team.

When making a referral, please provide details of the child or young person’s height, weight and change in weight centiles over the last six months.

Make a referral using our online form

 

The Specialist School Nursing team deliver health and nursing care to all children and young people attending special schools in Berkshire West and East so no referral is required.

The Children's Community Nursing team provide nursing services for children and young people up to age 18 with acute and complex nursing needs. In East Berkshire this would primarily include children with learning disabilities and an additional nursing need.

If you are a parent or carer and you feel that your child needs a referral to our Children's Community Nursing team, please visit your GP.

We accept referrals from health service providers, education professionals and social care workers if the child or young person:

  • is under the care of a consultant and;
  • has a nursing need and;
  • is registered with a Berkshire General Practitioner.

If this criteria is met, please make a referral using the Children's Community Nursing referral form.

Our speech and language therapy team supports children and young people with speech, language or communication difficulties. We also work with children experiencing eating and drinking difficulties.   

We support children and young people who find it difficult to produce the sounds needed for clear speech, understand what’s being said to them, or express themselves using appropriate words and sentences. We also help them with social communication skills and interacting with others, as well as specific conditions such as stammering or hearing impairment.

We help them develop the skills they need to learn, play and socialise with others, and express their wants, needs and thoughts.

How to access our services

We accept referrals from health, education, children’s services colleagues, parents and carers. Young people can also self-refer if they are over 16. However, before doing so, please check that all the relevant strategies relating to their difficulties in the support and advice section of this site have already been tried. 

If your child is not yet in school and there are concerns about their speech, language or communication, you might be advised to attend one of our Speech and Language Therapy drop-in clinics.

If your child is of school age please discuss your concerns with the school SENCO (special needs coordinator). They will liaise directly with the visiting speech and language therapist. The exceptions to this are if your child is home educated or attending an independent school when you will need to complete the on-line referral form. We do not provide a speech and language therapy service to children in full-time school in Slough and for further support please refer to the Slough local offer.

For new referrals that do not come under our speech and language pre school drop in service or speech and language mainstream school service please contact our Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) HealthHub:

Complete our online referral form

If your referral is urgent, please phone 0300 365 1234.

The criteria that must be met for a referral to the Early Interventions in Psychosis Team are:

  • The patient has experienced a period of psychosis for at least one week
  • The period of psychosis has been accompanied by a decline in functioning
  • It is the first episode of diagnosed psychosis and symptoms emerged within the past three years
  • The patient has not previously been prescribed anti-psychotic medication
  • Patients from age 0 will be considered
  • Referrals must include a detailed history of the presenting complaint
  • In borderline cases, strong objective indications such as being at peak age or a first-degree relative, will be taken into consideration.

Common exclusions are:

  • Drug induced cases where psychosis remits once drug use stops, usually within seven days
  • Cases where a clear organic cause is evident
  • Sypmtoms which are wholly explicable in the context of PTSD or personality disorder
  • Crisis case should be referred to acute services in the first instance

 

Those considered in an At Risk mental state will have the following criteria:

  • Experiencing distress
  • Be in younger adulthood (typically between 14-30)
  • Have evidence of decline in social functioning by 30% over the last year which has been sustained for at least a month

With at least one of the following:

  • Mild psychotic-like symptoms that are distressing but do not meet the threshold for psychotic diagnosis, but significant enough to gain clinical attention (present at least once a week for a month over the last year)
  • Frank psychotic symptoms that last for less than one week and resolve spontaneously
  • Strong (first degree relative) family history of psychotic illness