How to Make a Referral

Referrals are accepted for young people who are registered with a Solihull GP, aged 18 and under for children who attend a mainstream school or 19 and under for those who attend a special school and who have difficulty carrying out their everyday activities (“occupations”), such as getting themselves dressed, brushing their teeth, handwriting or learning to ride a bike. These difficulties can be due to multiple factors, including motor, sensory or learning needs.

We operate an open referral system meaning referrals can be made by parents, teachers, health professionals or any other adult who knows the young person well. There is no charge for occupational therapy services for young people who are eligible for NHS services.

Referrers should ensure that all sections are completed and that the referral has been signed by the person who holds parental responsibility (usually the young person’s parent/carer). Incomplete referrals will not be accepted, but will be sent to parents in order for missing information to be collated and returned.

Once a referral has been accepted and processed by the team, the referrer and parents/carers will receive an acknowledgement letter. This will also indicate the likely waiting time for an appointment. Parents/carers will be contacted (usually by letter) when their child reaches the top of the waiting list to agree on an assessment plan.

Before You Make a Referral

Before you refer a child to our service, you may find it helpful to read a guide we created to reduce the number of rejected referrals to our service. The guide aims to aid understanding of Occupational Therapy and the support we can offer children and young people.

How to Make a Referral

The below video should help guide you in completing our referral form, however if you continue to have any queries or encounter any difficulties in doing this, please do not hesitate to contact us. If a referral you have previously completed has been rejected, please watch this video before submitting a new referral.

Page Last Reviewed: 27/03/2024

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