Referrals onto the neurodevelopmental pathway are assessed by a multi-professional team as part of the Children's Services Single Point of Access (SPOA). This pathway is now fully re-opened to all children (was suspended March-December 2020), but we continue to have some restrictions and delays; please see the COVID-19 neurodevelopment pathway update below. Learn more by viewing our neurodevelopmental pathway leaflet and our journey plan. There is also a glossary explaining the agencies and teams involved in the pathway.

Referrals are accepted from health, social care, educational or third sector professionals. To make a referral, please download and complete the forms below. Please supply as much information as possible so that we can ensure that the assessment is carried out by the most appropriate professional(s). Referrals will not be processed without the completed questionnaires. Please send all forms together.

Due to the re-opening of the ND pathway and the high volume of referrals we are receiving, the current wait time from receipt of referral to triage is a approximately four weeks.  In addition we would like to advise you that our admin team are currently running behind with sending out triage outcome correspondence. The team are working hard to resolve this.
Please ensure that all relevant questionnaires are submitted with your referral, as failure to do so will delay your referral further.  If you have any queries please either call 01332 623726 option 3 and leave a voicemail or alternatively email and we will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Forms to download and complete

Different forms need to be completed depending on the age of the child requiring assessment.

Under fives

  1. Single Point of Access referral form - this form also has links to the questionnaires below, which also need to be completed.
  2. Parent/carer questionnaire 
  3. Teacher questionnaire - nursery/primary school questionnaire - if in a nursery or school setting. 

Primary aged children

  1. Single Point of Access referral form - this form also has links to the questionnaires below, which also need to be completed.
  2. Parent/carer questionnaire 
  3. Teacher questionnaire - nursery/primary school questionnaire - if in a nursery or school setting
  4. Vanderbilt questionnaire - parents 
  5. Vanderbilt questionnaire - teacher

Secondary aged children

  1. Single Point of Access referral form - this form also has links to the questionnaires below, which also need to be completed.
  2. Parent/carer questionnaire 
  3. Teacher questionnaire - secondary school
  4. Vanderbilt questionnaire - parents 
  5. Vanderbilt questionnaire - teacher

Returning the completed forms

The completed forms to be sent to:


If you need to discuss a new or existing referral, the SPOA Administrator can be contacted on 0300 7900 264.

Who we are:

The Neurodevelopmental (ND) assessment pathway is currently the referral pathway into Specialist Health Services for children and young people with suspected Autism (ASD) and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). The Specialist Health services include: Paediatricians, Clinical Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Specialist ND Nurses and CAMHS, which are provided by three different NHS Trusts: Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (DCHFT), University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB) and Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust (DCHSFT).


Throughout the pandemic the three providers have continued to see families who were waiting for an ND assessment on the existing waiting list. 

We have reopened the ND assessment pathway for South Derbyshire and Derby City from 4 January 2021. If you received a letter between March 2020 and December 2020 stating the ND pathway was closed, your child is not currently on a waiting list. Please update your referral and resend to the SPOA email.

  • All referrals are to be sent electronically containing the referral and questionnaires  (parental/carer and nursery/ school information plus Vanderbilt if indicated). If parts are missing the referral will be rejected and it will be the responsibility of the referrer to collect the missing information and resend in the referral.
  • The referral form will be changed to include a section on what the desired outcome of the assessment would be.  

These measures will enable us to maximise the resource we have to benefit children and families. 

What you can expect:

Following receipt of the referral and the appropriate questionnaires, they will be reviewed by our multidisciplinary team who will be able to forward the referral to the most appropriate service or follow up with a telephone call to the referrer.

On acceptance of the referral you will receive a letter from the team who will be completing the assessment.

There is likely to be a waiting time during which we would strongly advise accessing other support services if you need them – find out more on the Derby and Derbyshire emotional health and wellbeing website.

At the assessment you will be asked some questions about your child in their early years and the family. This may be completed online / via video or telephone. Depending on the information provided you may be asked to complete further assessments to help establish a full understanding of your child’s needs.

Once we have the necessary information depending on the child’s needs the initial service you see may be able to provide you with information to indicate if they met the criteria of diagnosis. However sometimes we will need to meet with other members of the Multidisciplinary ND team to discuss the assessment findings to help agree the outcome, prior to feeding back to the family.

Following the assessment, individual support is not provided unless your child has a health need, such as medication or particular type of therapy e.g. Speech and Language or Mental Health provided therapies. There is a range of services which can be accessed online or via school pre and post assessment. These can be found on the SEND Local offer for your area.

Useful contacts:

If a parent / carer / professional is concerned you should seek advice from your child’s education provider. If you child is not in education you can contact your GP or the health visiting service (if your child is under five):

Why was the ND Pathway been suspended?

The ND Pathway was suspended between March and December 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 on acute and community essential services within Derby City and Derbyshire. NHS England gave clear indication of the critical essential services that would be delivered during this time.

Will referrals that have already been accepted be affected?

Children with referrals that have been triaged by the ND Pathway will still be offered their assessments, but there are expected to be delays in waiting times due to the clinical restraints that have arisen from the COVID-19 situation.

My referral has been rejected due to the pathway suspension; do I have to resubmit this when the pathway has resumed?

Yes. All referrals that have been rejected at the time of the suspension of the ND Pathway will need to be resubmitted now that the pathway has reopened. This is to ensure that we have the most current information available to accurately triage a referral.

What support is available in the meantime? 

Building Sound Minds: This service offers one-to-one support, group work, telephone and online support for children and young people aged 0-17 who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. 

Kooth: This service offers digital mental health services for children, young people and adults and provides counselling and emotional wellbeing strategies online 

Parent Carers Together:  Representing parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 years with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), available within in Derby City. 

SENDIASS: Derby Special Educational Needs & Disability, Information, Advice and Support Service. This organisation provides free, legally based, impartial, confidential and accessible information, advice and support for children, young people and parents/carers, with or without a diagnosis for families in Derbyshire or Derby City.

Early Help Assessment: Parents/carers can liaise with referrers for the possibility of providing an Early Help Assessment (EHA) to identify behavioural support that could be offered.

Local Offer: A hub of information and advice for children and young people from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families available in Derby City and Derbyshire: or

Qwell: Online counselling and wellbeing for adults 

COVID-19 Anxiety Help: