We are experiencing a much higher demand for our service than usual, and we are also working our way through a backlog of assessments generated during the earlier Covid-19 pandemic (when we were operating with reduced staffing). We are continuing to see new referrals as quickly as we can, but our waiting times are still longer than we would like them to be. If you have any concerns while your child is waiting, please contact our head office (details below) and they will put you in touch with someone who can help. You can also find useful links for information and support below.
We support children with speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties in Derby City and the southern half of Derbyshire. Please see links below for more details.
Many patients have found video consultations more convenient during Covid. Where video consultation works well, and patients are happy with it, we will continue to use this where we can. This will depend on the clinical needs we are working on.
The NHS is trying to be more responsive to patients. To help us meet patients’ needs at the right time, we are offering more patient initiated follow ups. This means patients / carers can contact us when they need the next steps, rather than us trying to predict when this might be. This will help us to give help when it is most needed. We will of course still offer planned follow ups where this is clinically necessary.
We hope you find the information on our website useful. Our contact details are under the ‘Contact Us’ section.
Children's Service Acceptance Criteria
Schools Referral Guidance
Eating&Drinking Before You Refer Sheet
What happens at the first appointment?
What happens after a visit?
General Advice to Support Speech & Language
Selective Mutism in Derbyshire
Local Offer for SEND Support
Autism – support for assessment, diagnosis & care
Children with hearing impairment