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Our Services

Our service is split in to two main areas, Community Paediatric Services and Autism Assessment and Diagnosis Services.

Global Developmental delay

Our department will assess and review children for possible developmental delay if they meet the following criteria:

  • registered with a Barnsley GP,
  • under the age of 16, and
  • present with delays in two or more areas of their development.

Isolated Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties.

Our department will consider referrals for children/young people from Speech and Language Therapists with isolated speech, language and communication difficulties if the following criteria are met:

  • registered with a Barnsley GP,
  • under the age of 16,
  • has had a SALT assessment, and
  • had a hearing assessment.

*Please note, only referrals from Speech Therapists will be considered.

Isolated Motor Delays (Gross/Fine)

Our department will consider referrals for children with isolated motor delays where a medical cause is suspected and if the following criteria are met:

  • registered with a Barnsley GP,
  • under the age of 16, and
  • a referral has been made to paediatric Occupational or Physiotherapy services.

Enuresis

We will assess children who have either primary and/or secondary nocturnal enuresis. We will consider all referrals where the following criteria have been met:

  • registered with a Barnsley GP,
  • aged 5-16,
  • a UTI has been ruled out, and
  • first line treatments have been offered by school nursing team (for nocturnal only).

*referrals for night-time wetting will only be accepted from school nursing team.

Sleep Difficulties – Autism Related

We will assess children who have difficulties with sleep onset and/or sleep maintenance and who are not currently under the care of a paediatrician if they meet the following criteria:

  • registered with a Barnsley GP,
  • under the age of 16,
  • have a diagnosis of autism and
  • family have accessed first line support such as support from a sleep practitioner, sleep support service or attended a sleep workshop.

Looked after children’s initial health assessment

Initial health assessments are statutory assessments that have to be undertaken within 20 working days of a child becoming Looked After. They are booked by the child’s social worker. For more information please discuss this with your social worker.

Adoption and Fostering Services

The Medical Advisors support the Adoption and Fostering service by:

  • Completing adult health reports (using GP medicals) for all prospective adopters and foster carers,
  • Completing adoption health reports for all children with a plan for adoption. This may include attendance of child/young person at an adoption clinic,
  • Attendance at Adoption Panel to provide medical advice to the rest of the adoption panel and to support the panel in approval of adopters and matching,
  • Following referral by adoption team social worker, discussion with prospective adopters regarding health of a child being placed with adopter.

 Autism Assessment & Diagnosis

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Services we don’t offer:

  • ADHD assessment, support or medication – please contact CAMHS
  • Paediatric Epilepsy – please refer to epilepsy service in acute paediatrics
  • Behaviour difficulties – (if young person presents with behavioural difficulties as part of social communication difficulties then please see our autism section)
  • Sensory processing difficulties – please contact the paediatric therapy team
  • Review health assessments for looked after children.