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CAMHS Neurodiversity Team Referral Pathway Changes

Published
21.11.2022

The referral route into the CAMHS Neurodiversity Team (previously known as the CAMHS Neuro Clinic) within Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust has changed. The Team assess children and young people over the age of 11 for Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Referrals into the CAMHS Neurodiversity Team, for children and young people over 11 years old, can be made by any health, education or social care professional working with the child or young person. Before a referral is made for an assessment a Team Around the Child (TAC) meeting should be arranged to bring professionals together to explore the child’s needs. There is no requirement for an assessment by an Educational Psychologist or Advisory Teacher prior to the referral (though this may be requested at a later date, if needed).

Due to very high levels of demand, there is a long wait for both Autism and ADHD assessments through the CAMHS Neurodiversity Team. Support should be put in place via the Gloucestershire Graduated Pathway (MyPlan, My Plan Plus and EHCP or equivalents), based on the child’s needs, prior to an assessment being undertaken; this may be an outcome of the TAC meeting if not already in place. A diagnosis of any neurodiverse condition is not required in order to access support via the Gloucestershire Graduated Pathway. Further information about accessing the service and the referral forms can be found here:

https://www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk/kb5/gloucs/glosfamilies/advice.page?id=xS7raKzyGSE

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