Barnsley Hospital provides a range of services that provide support, treatment and assessment for SEND children and young people. To find out more information on some of their services open the tabs below.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong condition that affects a child/young person’s social communication and interaction skills. A child with ASD is likely to see and understand the world differently to their peers and struggle with certain social aspects of life.
Our Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Team (ASDAT) offers a specialist assessment and diagnosis service for children under the age of 18.
You can ring them on 01226 644876 (option 2)
Parents/carers: If you believe that your child/young person may have autism or you are worried about their social communication skills, you should discuss this with their health visitor, school nurse or GP. If your child attends a nursery or school, then you should also discuss this with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo).
Parents can't self refer to the assessment team
For more information on the refferal process look at the website
The children’s epilepsy nursing service provide specialist support to children who have a diagnosis of epilepsy or who are suspected to have epilepsy, and their families, in the Barnsley area.
They are a community based service and provide support in a variety of settings including peoples' homes, schools, nurseries, hospital clinics or over the telephone.
For more information take a look at their site or ring them Tel: 01226 645180
Children’s services provide a high quality and responsive service to the needs of children and their families. They offer inpatient and outpatient care as well as a number of specialist clinics. They also have a Children’s Community Nursing Team which consists of experienced children’s nurses with specialist skills in caring for sick children from birth to 16 years old. They provide care and support for children in their own homes, working with both general practitioners and hospital staff. To find out more about the service check out their website page
The Commnity Paediatric Team offer support and assessment in the following areas.
- Isolated Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties.
- Global Developmental delay
- Isolated Motor Delays (Gross/Fine)
- Sleep Difficulties – Autism Related
- Adoption and Fostering Services
You can contact them on 01226 644876 (option 1)
Please note that there are eligibility criteria listed for each service. which can be found on their website
The Learning Disability Liaison Nurses provide help and assistance to children and young people with a learning disability or autism when they visit the hospitals. Barnsley Hospital aims to ensure that they move through the hospital system more smoothly making reasonable adjustments to their care. Barnsley Hospital also has a corporate play team who can assist with therapeutic interventions for children and young people undergoing procedures, making the experience of hospital as normal as possible for children.
With younger children, play and interaction helps to alleviate the stresses of coming into hospital, whilst for teenagers it might be that by talking with them is the best way to help. You can contact the Learning Disability Liaison Nurse if you need further information or assistance.
Tracey Helliwell RGN, RLDN Learning Disability Liaison Nurse Phone: 01226 431217 Mobile: 07507 363358 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The paediatric audiology team is located in New Street Health Centre, Barnsley.
They provide audiological assessments and support for children from birth to school leaving age. Children who require a hearing aid are issued with the latest digital technology and they will continue to update this and provide care until they reach adulthood.
Our services include:
- Hearing assessment clinic
- Ear, nose and throat (ENT), consultant-led clinics
- Hearing aid assessment appointments
- School hearing screening service for 4/5 year old children
Our service aims to:
- Provide hearing assessments within set time constraints
- Identify and manage any hearing problem found
- Through early intervention, help to achieve improvements in a child’s developmental milestone
- Admin/clerical staff
- Paediatric Audiologists
- Audiology Assistant
- ENT consultant (BHNFT)
Tel: 01226 644803 & 01226 644804 or take a look at their webpage
The children’s speech and language therapy team provide support to children and young people aged 0-18 years who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) which affects eating or drinking.
They assess children and young people’s speech, language and communication skills and work with them alongside their parents and teachers, to help them communicate to the best of their ability.
They assess and provide advice for children who have:
- difficulty producing sounds
- difficulty understanding language
- difficulty using language
- difficulty with feeding, chewing and swallowing
- a stammer
You can get in touch with the team by phone or email.
Telephone: 01226 644331.
Speech and language therapy aims to:
- provide clinically appropriate treatment to meet the current needs of children and their parents or carers
- support children and their family to use speech therapy at home
- train parents, carers, teachers, and other professionals to use strategies and carry out therapy activities with support
- provide early intervention and advice
- make developing speech, language, communication, eating and drinking fun and everyone’s responsibility.
- Health promotion/prevention:
Please note there are criteria for refferal to the service, For information on this as well as further details on the services offered check out their website
The children's therapy service supports children to maximise their potential in all aspects of daily life. The service works in close partnership with families, carers, schools, nurseries and other professionals.
Paediatric therapists see children in clinics, children’s centres, nurseries, schools and in their homes.
You can contact the team by phone on: 01226 644396
What do we do?
Following assessment of your child’s needs, the following may be offered:
- Occupational therapy
For more details on the services provided take a look at their website page.
The Barnsley child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) provide services to children and young people up to their 18th birthday who are experiencing a wide range of behavioural, psychological and emotional problems, difficult relationships, trauma or abuse.
You can contact them by Telephone: 01226 644829
Barnsley CAMHS is made up of four teams:
- SPA (Single Point Of Access)
- Specialist Pathways (Mood and Emotional & Complex Behaviour)
- CHBTT (Crisis Home Based Treatment Team)
- CIC (Children In Care)
Their specialist team is made up of psychiatrists, specialist nurses, psychologists, specialist social workers and therapists. They help children, young people and their families, on both an individual and group basis. They also offer mental health consultation, training and advice to carers, families and other professionals.
Examples of support include:
- ADHD Assessments
- Brief solution focussed therapy (a goal-directed therapy that focuses on solutions instead of problems)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) (a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think or behave)
- Cognitive Assessments
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
- Evidence-based parenting interventions
- Eye movement desensitisation reprogramming (a treatment used to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Family therapy
- Group therapies
- Play therapy
- Psychiatric assessment and diagnosis
- Psychologist assessment and interventions
For more details on the Referral Process and other aspects of the service, take a look at their website page.
Children’s Continuing Care
What is it?
Continuing care is an additional package of care that is provided as well as the care from GP practices, hospitals or in the community.
Who is it for?
It is for Children and Young People who have complex health needs. These could be;
- Congenital conditions
- Long-term, life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
- A disability,
- The after-effects of serious illness or injury.
It covers Young People up to their 18th birthday.
How does someone get it?
Professionals working with the Child or Young Person can ask for a Children’s Continuing Care Referral form by contacting
The completed referral form may include;
- Consent from Parent (Parental Responsibility)
- Supporting information / evidence.
- Risk assessments,
- Chronology of events.
- Care Plans.
- Clinic Letters.
- Incident reports.
The referral form should then be sent to email@example.com for screening by the Children Continuing Care Team at NHS Barnsley CCG.
What happens after referral?
When a child or young person is referred for an assessment, the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) might first check if they are likely to need a full assessment.
A particular disease or condition is not a guarantee of Continuing Care. A Child or Young Person may have a rare condition but will still need to have support needs assessed.
A Health Assessor will collect evidence of the child’s needs, drawing on the advice of health and care professionals.
They will look at
- The thoughts of the Child or Young Person and their Family.
- Evidence from the referral form
- Current care being provided
- Evidence gathered during any Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) assessment if applicable.
They will use a National Framework to help support their assessment and make a recommendation.
The Health Assessor will make a case to a panel of experts, who decide, based on the evidence and the recommendation, if the child or young person has a continuing care need.
A decision is usually made 6-8 weeks from referral.
What happens next?
If the panel decides that continuing care is needed, a package of care is agreed. Some of this care may be provided through existing services; some may need to be specially arranged.
The CCG will regularly review the package to ensure the developing child or young person’s needs continue to be supported.
A child or young person’s eligibility for continuing care may change as their needs change
What happens when my child reaches 18?
When a young person reaches 18, the adult NHS Continuing Healthcare arrangements apply.
There are big differences between children and young people’s continuing care and NHS Continuing Healthcare for adults.
Although a child or young person may already have a package of continuing care, they may not be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare.
The CCG will assess any young person in receipt of continuing care when they are aged 16-17, to see if they are likely to be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare when they turn 18.
For more information on Children’s Continuing Care contact:
NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Hillder House, 49–51 Gawber Road, Barnsley, S75 2PY
Tel: 01226 433634