A new simplified way in which Buckinghamshire parents, care professionals and schools can get help for children with neurodevelopment behaviours and challenges, such as autism and ADHD is now operational.

This follows on from a successful collaborative pilot between Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team and community paediatrics team at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to deliver a new way to access Diagnostic services for five to 18-year-olds, it means there is now a single point of access (SPA) for assessments and treatment.

The aim of the pilot was to ensure children and young people with neurodevelopmental concerns were and continue to be seen by the most appropriate professional in a timely manner.

Neurodevelopment disorders can affect emotion, learning ability, self-control and memory and can unfold as an individual develops and grows.

Referrals for neuro-developmental concerns will be accepted from primary care professionals, schools and parents, and should be submitted via the secure online SPA CAMHS referral form accessed here https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/refer/ Please note that all referrals should be supplemented by the reports and questionnaires also found on the website or on request via the SPA.

Referrals for under 5s should still be directed to Community Paediatrics teams with the appropriate supporting paperwork.

Please call SPA on 01865 901951 for further information or support.

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