Update on the Education Triage Scheme

We have now been offering our Education Triage Scheme for several months. We have really enjoyed working more closely with the SENCOS within schools. We have found this to have a benefit to understanding a young person.

We have now completed our review of the Education Triage Scheme. We are pleased to say that feedback has been positive from both schools and the Neurodevelopmental Service and now looking at how we can develop this further. The scheme is now running as it was while we evaluate the findings of our review and will update of any changes in preparation for re-launch in September.

Given the fact we have now offered this for some time, we have decided that it would be helpful to review this process. To provide us with time to do this, we are placing the scheme on hold for the upcoming term, re-starting in April 2022 (Summer Term). We hope this will provide us an opportunity to explore what is working well and where improvements can be made to ensure this is as efficient as possible for all those concerned. We will be in touch to gather your views and will welcome your feedback on this partnership.

For the time being, referrals can still be made to the Neurodevelopmental Service via the GP. The forms you have been completing to assist with these referrals could be submitted as part of the referral as they provide really good insight into the child’s presentation including their strengths and difficulties. This enhances the likelihood of the most appropriate decision for the young person.

Thank you for participating in this scheme to date and we look forward to continued joint working in April 2022.

Neurodevelopmental Service

This multi-professional service assesses children where there are concerns regarding possible neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

 

Who is the Neurodevelopmental Service (NDS) for?

Pre-six assessment service

All under 6s will need to be seen by our Community Paediatricians first before referrals are sent to the Pre-Six Neurodevelopmental Pathway.  This is to ensure a thorough medical assessment is completed and available to NDS staff when they meet with you.

The child’s assessment could include:

  • A visit at home
  • A visit in nursery/school
  • A clinic-based assessment
  • Parents/carers and nursery/school may be asked to complete questionnaires

Members of the pre-six assessment team include:

  • Paediatricians
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Speech and Language Therapists (include representation from East Coast Community Health Care, ECCH, Speech and Language Therapy Service)
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Assistant Psychologists
  • Family Support Workers

Every child will be discussed at a multi-professional panel meeting throughout their assessment and when a final conclusion is made, you will be offered a feedback appointment with a Paediatrician or a member of the NDS team.

Post-six assessment service

Once received, referrals will be triaged by NDS clinicians and a letter will be sent to the referrer and parents to inform of the outcome.

The child/young person’s assessment could include:

  • Initial telephone consultation
  • A visit at home
  • A visit in school/college
  • Clinic-based assessments
  • Video assessments
  • The young person, parent/carer and school/college may be asked to complete questionnaires

Members of the post-six assessment team include:

  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Specialist Nurses
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Assistant Psychologists
  • Family Support Workers

Every child/young person will be discussed at a multi-professional panel meeting throughout their assessment and when a final conclusion is made, you will be offered a feedback appointment with a member of the NDS team.

 

Referrals

Pre-Six Neurodevelopmental Service

All children referred into this service need to have been seen by a Community Paediatrician. Find out more.

Post-Six Neurodevelopmental Service

All children need to be referred in using the single point of referral (SPOR) referral form. Referrals can be made by GPs or Schools. Find out more.

 

Downloads

Home referral information

School referral information

School triage scheme leaflet

 

Contact

Mail
Neurodevelopmental Service
St James Clinic
Extons Road
Kings Lynn
PE30 5NU

Telephone
01553 668712

Email
NDS@nchc.nhs.uk