Neurodevelopmental Pathway

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​Who we are?

Our Neurodevelopmental Pathway partners work with children and young people with complex neurodevelopmental difficulties, who require a multi-agency assessment to gain a better understanding of their needs.

This process can lead to a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, global developmental delay, sensory processing difficulties and difficulties with attachment or further support from our partners.

Who is our pathway for?

Our pathway is for children and young people up to the age of 18 years old who are registered with a Salford GP and require a multi-agency neurodevelopmental pathway assessment.

Who do we work in partnership with?

We work in partnership with a range of health and social care professionals and schools.

How to access the Pathway

We accept requests from all professionals who work with children and young people including GPs, paediatricians, speech and language therapists, schools etc. Pathway requests need to demonstrate how a child/young person’s difficulties meet the criteria for the Neurodevelopmental Pathway.

Once we receive your request, we will list the child/young person for discussion at our weekly multiagency triage meeting; following this we will be in touch as soon as possible to share conclusions and next steps with you.

Waiting times for a diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental difficulty is nationally long. The whole process of understanding and diagnosing a neurodevelopmental difficulty can take a long time. In Salford we are currently working to try and reduce this wait time and streamline our neurodevelopmental pathway for children, young people and their families.

We understand that this wait can be unsettling, frustrating and a difficult time for children, young people and their families. Our pathway is needs led. Any support a child, young person or their family may need is available without a diagnosis. 

There is support available on this website, within the community, via your child’s setting as well as The Thrive Framework. Please continue to access this support as needed.

Making a request for the Pathway

Salford City Council and our partners have a multi-agency hub called the Bridge Partnership. Requests for the neurodevelopmental pathway should be made using the online form below. 

Make a request for the neurodevelopmental pathway

Parents/Guardians of the child/young person must consent to the request being made and be made aware that their details will be shared with pathway partners to provide the most appropriate response to the request.

Please follow the attached guidance to complete a successful request onto the pathway.

The Neurodevelopmental Pathway Process

Diagram for neurodevelopment pathway

The diagram above describes the process that takes place when a request for support for a child or young person in relation to a neuro-developmental need is made to the Bridge. After the request for service is made then professionals will either require more holistic information to understand more about the needs of the family or the request will be directed to a meeting with professionals to discuss the best way to support the child and/or young person.

On receipt of the request, a multi-disciplinary triage process will be undertaken to  consider the information received. This will then either be accepted and directed to the Neurodevelopmental Coordinator, assessed as requiring further information and redirected into the multiagency triangulation meeting for further information gathering. Or directed for a single service response.

If a referral is accepted a range of request to other services will be made to ensure a full assessment of the child/young person.

Once all the assessments have been completed and reports received the child/young person will be discussed at the next available Locality Neurodevelopmental Pathway multi-agency meeting. The specialist professionals in attendance will decide whether the child/young person meets diagnostic criteria for a range of conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), General Developmental Delay, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, Attachment Disorder etc. Sometimes they may decide further information is required and families will be notified of this via a letter.

What will happen if the request is accepted?

Our pathway partners will communicate throughout the process to explain what assessments are required. These can range from an Early Help, speech and language therapy, community paediatrics, consultant psychiatry, educational psychology, autism diagnostic observation schedule (ADOS), school or home assessments.  

The journey for each child and young person is different and will depend on their individual needs. All requests to the agencies required will be completed by the Pathway Coordinators. Families will then receive appointments directly from the services who are required to undertake assessments.

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