How to make a referral

Referrals are accepted for young people who are registered with a Solihull GP, who have not yet reached their 18th birthday 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. This may be a result of motor, sensory or learning needs.

Referrers should ensure that all sections are completed, including the Parent and Teacher Questionnaires, 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.

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.

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.