Health Visitors (0-5 years) - GHC

Health visitors support families with young children aged 0-5 years.  The health visitor will be able to assess the child and confirm whether or not there is a developmental delay.

Find your local health visitor by following this link to the GHC website.   Parents can contact the health visitor directly.

Advisory Teaching Service - Gloucestershire Social Care

  • Provide specialist support to enable every child to maximise their educational opportunities by using their abilities to the full
  • Monitor, review and evaluate ongoing pupil needs
  • Enable children to develop socially and emotionally thus facilitating their independence
  • Facilitate professional liaison and multi-agency working
  • Work in partnership with Gloucestershire Special Schools and other agencies
  • Work as partners with parents/carers to increase awareness and understanding of the child's needs and provide training/advice to parents
  • Ensure individuals working with pupils understand the effects and implications of the child's specific needs
  • Facilitate training and provide INSET in relation to individual school/need
  • Offer training to Early Years Settings and others
  • Specialist support for children with a hearing, visual or physical impairment or difficulties with communication, interaction, cognition, learning and behaviour.

Referral to the Advisory Teaching Service should come from the school or Early Years setting.  Complete the "Request for Advisory Teacher Involvement" form available online.

For more information please follow the resource link below to the Advisory Teaching Service for the Gloucestershire Social Care site.

Community Paediatric & Neurodisability Service - Referral Guidelines - GHNHSFT

Please follow the resource link below to the guidance and referral criteria for the assessment of children within the GHNHSFT Community Paediatric and Neurodisability service. This guidance is for General Practitioners, Public Health Nurses and Therapists

School Nurses (5-18 years)

School nurses provide a public health service to school aged children.  They will be able to assess a child and confirm whether or not there is a developmental delay.

Please complete and return this referral form.

Special School Nurses are based at Springbank Community Resource Centre
Telephone: 01242 285 960
The central support team can be contacted on 0300 421 8225

Locality   Telephone Number Email
Cheltenham Springbank Community Resource Centre 01242 581009
Cotswolds Cirencester Hospital 0300 421 8906
Forest of Dean Dilke Memorial Hospital 0300 421 8661/8662
Gloucester Finlay Hub 0300 421 1795
Stroud Stroud Maternity Hospital 0300 421 8959
Tewkesbury Tewkesbury Community Care Office 0300 421 6161

ChatHealth is a text messaging service offering the county’s 11-19 year olds confidential advice about their health and wellbeing. It is offered by the GCSNHST School Nursing Team.

The service offers support to young people with questions relating to a wide range of health and wellbeing issues including relationships, bullying, healthy lifestyle, anxiety, drugs, smoking, stress, body worries, alcohol, self-harm and sexual health. As well as giving advice, the School Nursing Team can signpost to appropriate services and other support.

Messages sent to the dedicated number (07507 333351) are delivered to a secure website, and responded to by a GCSNHST School Nurse. The service is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm, excluding bank holidays. Texts are usually replied to within 24 hours. Out of hours, anyone who texts the service receives a bounce back message explaining where to get help if their question is urgent, and when they can expect a response. 

Although the service is confidential and young people do not need to disclose their name, if there is a concern for an individual’s safety, there are safeguarding procedures in place. Young people will still be able to see a School Nurse face-to- face in a school or college drop-in or other setting.

To contact the service, text: 07507 333351

Educational Psychologist - Gloucestershire Social Care

Educational Psychologists use their knowledge of psychology, child development and social interaction to work with patients/carers, schools and other professionals to promote young people's learning and development.  They provide a consultation service to schools in Gloucestershire and to the local community.  Consultation focuses on the needs of children and how they might be met.

Referral to an educational psychologist needs to be through the school or early years settings.

For more informaton follow the resource link below to the Educational Psychologist page on the Gloucestershire Social Care Website.

Physiotherapy - (Children and Young People's)

The Gloucestershire Community Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy Service aims to support children & young people with a range of conditions by providing them and their families with support, advice and physical intervention to promote optimum outcome for the child and their family

Children’s Physiotherapy is a countywide specialist physiotherapy service for children and young people aged 0-16 years (16-19 in full time education), their families and carers, providing physiotherapy in both the hospital and community settings.

We aim to provide an effective, safe, high quality service along with its partners and skilled workforce.

The service provides assessment, advice and physiotherapy management of any childhood condition to promote the health and physical development of each individual.  Treatment is planned around the child and families’ individual needs. The length of the treatment will vary for each child and condition. Children and young people are regularly re-assessed to evaluate progress and parents/carers are actively involved in the child’s physiotherapy programme.  We also offer group work, including a lower limb class and hydrotherapy. 

The Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy service is provided in a variety of locations and settings. Access to physiotherapy is in the most appropriate setting for their assessment, treatment and ongoing support, enabling them to achieve their outcomes. This may be at a clinic, in a hospital, at a children’s centre, in a mainstream or special school or at home.

The service operates from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays, with some staff working flexibly to meet additional need. Some bases also offer evening clinics. Clinic locations include, but are not limited to;

  • Cheltenham General Hospital
  • Cirencester Hospital
  • Dilke Hospital
  • Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
  • Milestone School, Longford
  • Vale Community Hospital
  • Stroud General Hospital
  • Bettridge School, Cheltenham

Requests can be made for a specific clinic location via the referral form or during the Physio-Direct call back service.

Parents, young people and children in Gloucestershire have direct access to the service via Children’s Physiotherapy Direct Line: 0300 421 6980

A qualified children’s physiotherapist will call back to provide a telephone assessment, advice and onward referral if appropriate. Children’s Physiotherapy Direct is available Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) 9.00am to 12.00pm.

Referrals to this service are also accepted in writing from GPs, Consultants or other healthcare professionals.

Please follow the resource link below to the referral form, once completed please send or fax this form to;

Children’s Physiotherapy
Quedgeley Clinic
St James

Fax: 0300 421 6832

Further information and Patient and carer information leaflets can be found here.

Community paediatrician

Community paediatricians are doctors who are specialists in the care and treatment of children and young people. They will have had special training in assessing children who have a wide range of special needs or who have been referred because of concerns about their development. Their role is to diagnose conditions which may have an impact on a child’s learning or development or cause a disability.
After initial assessments and diagnosis, there may be follow up appointments and reviews. These are a chance to give advice on managing the child’s health and treatment and also to prescribe medication, where appropriate.

Referral criteria: Evidence of Developmental Delay from:       

  • Preschool universal services, eg  SOGS/Ages&Stages,
  • Early Years Setting EYFS profile/IEP/Developmental matters profile;                                   
  • School age: report from targeted educational service eg ATS and/or EP service.;
  • Therapy involvement (provide reports);
  • Audiology report; CAF & named Lead Professional;
  • Primary care health assessment (PH nurse/GP)
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