Referrals

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 works with parents and carers to assess a child or young person.

The team only makes assessments. Once an assessment is complete, parents and carers 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 possible. Parents 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.

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 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 splints, adapted cutlery and plates, writing aids, and special seating and switches.

How to access our services

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

However, before referring a child or young person to occupational therapy, please check that all the strategies relating to their difficulties in the children and young people’s Online Resource support and advice section have already been tried.

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

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

Royal Berkshire Hospital

Some occupational therapy services for children are provided by the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH), which has a different referral process. 

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 in the Royal Berkshire Hospital or Wexham Park Hospital.

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 in the children and young people’s on-line resource 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 only accept referrals from paediatricians or our own Community Dietetics Service.

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

 

We help children and young people up to the age of 19 who have a learning disability, are registered with a Berkshire GP or attend a special school in Berkshire. We accept referrals from health services, education professionals and social care workers, parents and carers and young people. 

Specialist nursing services differ in east and west Berkshire so please read the referral criteria carefully before you go ahead and make a referral.

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.