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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

COVID-19: Please follow Government advice published at http://nhs.uk/coronavirus 

Do not visit a GP practice, urgent care centre, or any of our services if you have symptoms.

We are aware that this will be a worrying time for you and for your family. We are doing all we can to keep our CYPF services running while also keeping you and our staff safe. However, please be aware that due to the impact of COVID-19 we will be prioritising urgent appointments and referrals and some services will be disrupted, postponed or delivered differently (via phone or video link where possible).

  • Referral must be made by a professional that knows the child or young person well (such as teacher, SENCO, educational psychologist)
  • Child must be over six years old
  • If the school refuse to make a referral please call the CYPF Hub to discuss further

Before referral please take the following steps:

  1. Observe the child’s behaviour for 10 weeks and make notes including any changes and patterns in their behaviour (this must include difficulties with their concentration, impulsiveness and activity levels)
  2. Refer parents and carers to a training/education programme if available
  3. If the child’s behaviour is still having a negative impact on themselves and their family/school life, please make a referral

Please read the ADHD referral criteria document for more in depth information.

For more information please see our ADHD Support and Advice pages and our ADHD Team page.

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.

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides support, advice, guidance and treatment for children and young people with severe or moderate mental health difficulties whose symptoms are having a significant impact in their day to day lives. Usually, these symptoms will have been occurring over several months and won’t have responded to prevention and early intervention services, such as counselling and behaviour support, evidence-based parenting or treatment from primary mental health workers.

Certain conditions (such as bedwetting, family relationship difficulties and obesity) should not be referred to CAHMS unless there is evidence of other severe mental health concerns at the same time. These conditions are better dealt with via specialist clinics, your local authority’s education services, GP, or the Local Offer for your area. Our HealthHub team is available for consultation and discussion prior to making a referral to consider appropriateness.

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

 

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 specialist equipment such as off-the-shelf hand splints, adapted cutlery and plates, writing aids and specialist seating for schools.

We accept referrals from parents and carers, teachers, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs), GP and other healthcare professionals.

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 as below.

East - Slough, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead or Bracknell: we accept referrals for all children and young people from 0-19 years using our online referral form.

West - Reading, Wokingham or Newbury: we will only accept referrals for children who are school aged and have an EHCP (Educational, Health, Care Plan).

For children in the west who do not have an EHCP please refer to Dingley Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Please see the Royal Berkshire Hospital website for details of their referral criteria and how to contact them. 

For more information on the assessment process please see our Occupational Therapy service page.

Our community paediatricians specialist medical care for children and young people under 18 with complex needs relating to neurodisability, sensory impairment, developmental disorders or special educational needs.

We undertake autism assessment for children aged under 5, and run clinics in East Berkshire special schools. 

We accept referrals from professionals who have been involved with the child or young person.

Please see the Support and Advice pages and Community Paediatricians page for more information on the referral process and how we can support you.

 

Referrals can be made for children and young people 0-19 years old with a Berkshire GP. These are accepted from parents, teachers, SENCOs, GPs and other health professionals

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, signposting to other services or a local clinic/school assessment

Preschool children in Wokingham and Reading are not seen by our service. Referrals from GP’s and Consultants will need to be made directly to Dingley:-  

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

0118 322 5213

We do not see children with orthopaedic conditions such as painful joints/muscles, broken bones or respiratory conditions. These are seen at Dingley for the west of the county and Wexham Park or Frimley Hospital for the east of the county.

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

For more information please see our Physiotherapy service pages.

We operate two services within Berkshire: Children’s and Young People’s Integrated Therapy (CYPIT) Specialist Dietetics, and Community Nutrition and Dietetic Services.

Specialist Dietetics

We accept referrals from any relevant healthcare practitioner for the following complex 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.

Referrals to the Specialist Dietetics team should be made using the online referral form at the bottom of this page.

Community Nutrition and Dietetics

We provide support and advice to children and young people with their nutritional intake to promote good growth and or help manage a clinical diagnosis, such as:

  • Fussy eating and food refusal
  • Faltering growth related to poor intake
  • Allergy advice

Referrals to the Community Nutrition and Dietetics team must  be made by a healthcare professional by completing the Community Dietetics referral form and returning it to integratedhub@berkshire.nhs.uk

Please note:

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.

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

 

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.   

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

If your child is attending a mainstream school, please discuss with the school SENCO who will liaise directly with the visiting speech and language therapist who can make the referral.

If your child is home educated or attending an independent school please complete the online referral form at the bottom of this page.

If your child is in full-time school in Slough, we do not provide a speech and language therapy service: please see the Slough Local Offer for further information.

For more information on how you can help your child please see our Support and Advice pages and visit our Speech and Language Therapy pages for more information on our service.

 

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.

We usually do not accept referrals for:

  • Drug induced cases where psychosis remits once drug use stops, usually within seven days
  • Cases where a clear organic cause is evident
  • Symptoms 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