Neuro-developmental pathway

In the light of COVID-19 and the impact on acute and community essential services, and following NHSE guidance, the decision has been taken to close the Southern Derbyshire and Derby City Neurodevelopmental pathway provided by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton and Derbyshire Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with immediate effect.

Please note that if your referral has already been triaged by the specialist Neurodevelopmental multi-disciplinary team then you will already be placed on the current waiting list by the appropriate service. 

During this period of uncertainty we will continue to monitor all information that comes through referral routes to ensure that children at risk are managed safely. If your referral is for a different reason please continue to use the SPoA (single point of access).

More information on where you can access support is available here

Further updates will be provided on this site.

Who made the decision to suspend the ND Pathway?

Following COVID-19 guidance on critical service provision from National Health Service England, the mutual decision was made by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton and Derbyshire Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to temporarily suspend the ND Pathway.

Why has the ND Pathway been suspended?

The ND Pathway has been suspended 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.

When will the ND Pathway resume?

During this period of uncertainty, we currently cannot advise a timescale for the pathway resuming. Please be aware that updates on the position of the ND Pathway will be available on the link:

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 once the pathway has reopened. This is to ensure that we have the most current information available to accurately triage a referral.

What if a referral is not regarding neurodevelopmental concerns?

As per COVID-19 guidance, referrals for other concerns which are not a request for specialist ASD or ADHD assessments are still being triaged and should still be sent via the appropriate pathway.

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:

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