Referral Criteria and Guidance
We see children and young people from birth to age 19 with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs living in Buckinghamshire and who have a Buckinghamshire GP. We also provide a service for children with feeding and swallowing difficulties.
We offer information, training, advice, assessment and ongoing therapy as appropriate. Our services are delivered in a range of community settings including educational and healthcare settings around the county. We work in partnership with families and staff at schools, colleges and early years settings, and we can provide training, liaison and advice to families and staff working directly with the child or young person.
Information on partner services that may also be able to offer support is available on the Family Information Service “local offer” website.
We accept referrals via email and post using our integrated referral form which can be completed by families, schools or medical professionals. Referrals for feeding and swallowing difficulties must be made by a GP/Consultant with a full medical history attached.
Preschool children up to Reception Class entry can also access our service by calling our main number 01296 566045 where they will be directed to the most appropriate level of support.
All mainstream schools in Buckinghamshire are assigned a Link Speech and Language Therapist. For children attending school, the Link Therapist should normally be the first point of contact from the school via the termly School Advice Clinic before a formal referral is made. We also strongly recommend that our website and the local offer site are checked to see if there are other services that might be able to offer more suitable and swifter support
Before a referral is made, please be sure that:
- The difficulties in speech, language, or social communication are having a functional impact. Functional skills here refer to skills that demonstrably support independence and well-being.
- The school or educational setting have evidence that they have carried out first stage interventions and strategies suggested on our communication carousel.
- External advice has been sought where appropriate e.g. Specialist Teaching Service, Educational Psychology, CAMHS etc. (this can be discussed with the Link Therapist)
- The reasons for referral are not connected to behavioural or emotional difficulties that have no direct effect on communication or swallowing
- Children with English as an Additional Language have language difficulties in their first language, not just with English
- Children and Young People that have been seen previously and discharged from the service, have new functional communication difficulties and would therefore benefit from further advice
- The child or young person’s speech and language needs cannot be effectively differentiated and supported by education staff as part of the National Curriculum, alongside other learning skills
- For health related needs, the child or young person must have a GP within Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- For educational based needs, the child or young person must have a Buckinghamshire address and attend a mainstream school or early years setting within Buckinghamshire.
If all the above criteria are met, then complete our referral form. (Any sections marked with a * must be completed or your referral may be rejected.)
Once completed, email your form to Bucemail@example.com or post to: CYP Therapies, Haleacre, Amersham Hospital, Whielden Street, Amersham, Bucks HP7 0JD
If you have any queries, you can call us on: 01296 566045