If you have received a letter from us not accepting your referral then please read the letter carefully. It will tell you all the appropriate next steps in the letter. It is helpful if you do not telephone at this point as our administrators are very busy and will not be able to tell you any more than is in the letter.
Referrals into the service are considered at our referral meeting. This is held fortnightly and the purpose of this meeting is to carefully consider all presenting detailed information from parents and professionals and to make recommendations as to the most appropriate next steps. Not accepting does not mean that your child may not need an assessment but it may mean that we do not have all the information we require before we can accept.
Firstly all referrals will need to be on a referral form. This form guides you as to the type of information we require. The form is available on the link below https://hgs.uhb.nhs.uk/solihull-hospital/meadow-centre/
Sometimes a child may have seen a professional such as a GP or Paediatrician who has recommended the Specialist Assessment Service. After your appointment with that professional, the first step is to gather a much wider range of information from school/nursery and professionals. We will not accept any referral until we have all this information on the correct referral form. Parents can take the referral form into school for support with gathering all the necessary information.
Your GP can start the referral process off by writing us a clinical letter and then we will make sure that you receive the forms to complete in partnership with your child’s school.
Once we have received all information required if your child is still not accepted it is because the wider range of information indicates that this is not the most appropriate next step for your child despite the initial recommendation.
Sometimes we can see from the additional information that steps need to be put in place before Specialist Assessment should be considered. For example, your child may have unmet learning needs or speech and language needs that could account for the difficulties. If your child’s referral is not accepted we will recommend the most appropriate next steps for your child from the overview of the information we have considered.
It is health service policy that a child’s referral is closed to a service whilst further information is built up by those local services working with a child and their family. In your letter, it will state that the referral has been closed in order for you to gather the information requested. Once you send all information required we will be able to open the referral again in order to review the additional information.
The information we request should be submitted within 3 months from the original referral if it takes longer than this you will need to submit a new referral form as the original information will be out of date.