Children's Therapy

There has been significant work undertaken to standardise and stream line Children's Therapy services so that therapies respond in a timely and appropriate manor to children's needs.

Referral Criteria for Children's AHP Therapy Teams (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Dietetics)

The development and implementation of a referral form will improve liaison with the referrer and improve the quality of referrals received, speeding up the triage process and facilitating faster access to intervention.

Speech and Language Therapy

Important: The Speech and Language Therapy Drop In sessions are stopping from the 1st of June in York and Selby and from the 1st of September in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale. This is to ensure that the right people are accessing Speech and Language Therapy in a timely way.

The referral route to Speech and Language Therapy from the 1 June in York and Selby and from the 1 September in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale is via the Integrated Childrens Therapy Referral form referral form including completing the additional information form for speech and language. (See the flow chart attached for email and contact numbers). If feeding and swallowing difficulties are identified the additional information for swallowing and feeding assessment will also need to be completed.

Professionals can refer directly to the service using the referral form for any age child using the referral pack as guidance for appropriateness of the referral.

Parental self-referral can be made to Speech and Language therapy through the Parent Speech and Language Parent Referral Form. The form be downloaded from the website http://www.yorkhospitals.nhs.uk/childrens/referral or provided by your GP setting or local Children's Centre. Please note that this route is only accepted for referrals to Speech and Language Therapy for Children who are under 5 years old. Parents must complete the form, sign, and send to the Children's Therapy Team for either the York and Selby area, or the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale area (contact details can be found at the bottom of the page).

Physiotherapy

The integrated referral form attached should be completed by a health professional/ GP or paediatrician and sent the address/ email as described on the referral flow chart. 

Occupational Therapy

The integrated referral form attached should be completed by a health professional/ GP or paediatrician and sent the address/ email as described on the referral flow chart.  For children with sensory issues the additional information form must also be completed.

Paediatric Dietetics and Nutrition

The integrated referral form attached should be completed by a health professional/ GP or paediatrician and sent the address/ email as described on the referral flow chart

Referral Pack

Attached is the AHP Therapy Referral pack. This should give you all the information you need to support a referral to Children's Therapy Teams provided by York's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Referral routes

It is essential that therapy teams are given all the relevant information at the point of referral to enable teams to triage patients appropriately.

Referral forms that are received without all relevant information will be declined and sent back to the referrer with a request for full completion. This is to enable the service to process the referral in a timely manner and to be able to prioritise the referral appropriately.

The Children's Therapy Teams (PT/OT/SLT and Dietetics) will require the completed form (attached) that can be emailed or sent to the Children's Therapy Team from 1 June  2016 - please refer to the flow chart attached for email and contact numbers.

Telephone calls into the Children's Therapy Teams and the single point of access (SPA) are not an accepted route for children's therapy referrals.

Useful Downloads

Children's Therapy Referral Pack Final

Integrated Children's Therapy Referral Form

Quick Reference Guide AHP Paediatric Therapy Services

Referral for OT Sensory Processing Additional Information Form

Referral for SLT Additional Information Form

Referral for SLT Feeding Assessment Additional Information

SLT Poster York

Under 5's Speech and Language Parent Self Referral Form

Contacts

York and Selby Area: Children's Therapy Team

Tel: 44 01904 724366

York and Selby Area: Children's Therapy Team

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Area: Children's Therapy Team

Tel: 44 01723 342472

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Area: Children's Therapy Team