Our Services

Our service is split in to two main areas, Community Paediatric Services and Autism Assessment and Diagnosis Services. Below is a break down of the services we offer and the criteria for referral.

Global Developmental delay

Our department will assess and review children for possible global 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.


We will assess children who have daytime wetting 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 secondary nocturnal enuresis).

Sleep Difficulties – Autism Related

Important Service Update: We regret to announce that with immediate effect we will no longer be offering  a sleep service therefore referrals for paediatric sleep difficulties in children with neurodisablities will no longer be accepted. We understand that this is going to be difficult and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience  this necessary change may cause.

We are working with local partners and PLACE to develop a dedicated sleep pathway for children with sleep difficulties in Barnsley.

For information on what other sleep support is available, please take a look at the Resources for Parents – Barnsley Hospital section of our website, alternatively you can contact your GP or Public Health Nurse for further advice.

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.

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