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Neurodevelopmental Support - Derby City & Derbyshire

The Neurodevelopmental Pathway is a specialist service responsible for the assessment of neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Referrals for an ADHD assessment for children will be considered from the age of five and a half years.

Find out more about the support available to children and young people living in Derby and South Derbyshire who need an assessment for a neurodevelopmental condition.

Neurodevelopment Pathway – North Derbyshire

The Neurodevelopmental Pathway at Chesterfield Royal Hospital is a specialist multi-professional pathway supporting families in North Derbyshire. The pathway includes the Child Development Psychology Team, Specialist Speech and Language Therapists and Consultant Paediatricians.

The service is aimed at assessing neurodevelopmental conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder in children from pre-school age up to age 17 years. This can also include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and we consider the relationship between abilities, behaviour and development.

The assessment process usually includes several stages, such as discussion and information gathering from parents and carers as well as meeting and assessing the child in an appropriate setting. This has recently expanded to include virtual assessment options. We will also gather information from school when the child attends school and ask parents to complete some questionnaires.

We aim to identify the child’s strengths and areas of needs. The assessments may or may not lead to a diagnosis depending on the needs of the child. We will then support parents and carers to understand the outcome and what this means for their child and also suggest any other helpful support options.

Referrals can only be made by letter by health professionals, such as GPs, addressed to:

Paediatrics Department, The Den, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Calow, Derbyshire, S44 5BL.

Referrals are only for children whose GPs are in North Derbyshire. However, health professionals can refer from out of this area as long as the child lives in North Derbyshire.

For enquiries, call the department on 01246 514549.