Children’s Specialist Services in Halton

Welcome to Halton Children’s Specialist Services.

You will find us located at Child Development Centre in Widnes, Halton.

Below you will find a summary of our services, together with full details of how to make a referral for children and young people living in Halton.

We offer a single referral form for referrals to the following services:

  • Community Paediatricians
  • Neurodevelopmental Nursing Team
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy.

Additionally, some referrals may require a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency assessment approach.

In these cases the referral will be reviewed by a wider group of professionals including: Speech and Language Therapy Service (provided by Chatterbugs), Educational Specialist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHs) and Orthoptist Service.

Please ensure you use all the most recent forms available below.

Referrals will be considered from:

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCo) from a school or Early Years setting.
  • Health professionals such as a health visitor, school nurse or therapist
  • Social Care professional such as an Early Years or Social Worker
  • Medical professional such as a GP or a hospital doctor

Once the referral for the child or young person has been reviewed by all the specialist services and partner agencies, both the parent/carer and the referrer will be informed by letter (or email if indicated on the referral form) of the team’s decision.  Either of the following responses will be received:

  • Confirmation of the service or services that have accepted the referral for assessment, together with information about next steps should treatment be required. Signposting to the local and national offer will be provided.  


  • Informed that the referral has not been accepted together with the rationale for the decision not to accept.  Signposting to the local and national offers will be provided for support.

Children and young people accepted by the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) are likely to have either a suspected condition, or in some cases a known or previously diagnosed condition that requires integrated and coordinated assessments.

The assessments provide information for the MDT to decide on a diagnosis and/or provide an integrated package of care for treatment.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides the administration and coordination of the MDT on behalf of our partner agencies; Chatter-bugs, Halton Borough Council and Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust.

Referral forms

Step One: Please complete the Referral to Woodview Children’s Specialist Services Form in full.

Step Two: Depending on the reason for a referral complete any of the following forms that are relevant:

Appendix 1 – Children with social communication difficulties
Appendix 2 – For physiotherapy referrals please complete a physiotherapy history sheet
Appendix 3 – For OT and Physiotherapy referrals please also send completed the teacher and parent/carer questionnaires for school aged children or teacher and parent/carer questionnaires for pre-school age children .

Please view the Motor Skills – Handbook for Referrers and Sensory Handbook – Parents.

Appendix 4 – For a paediatric referral for children with suspected ADHD only for children over 5 years old (please also complete the 3 separate forms):

Advisory information for referrers before considering a referral for ADHD
Parent SNAP form
Teacher SNAP form

Step Three:

Please submit the completed referral form electronically.

For all single service referrals sent to:

Community Paediatrics

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

Neuro-developmental Nursing Team:

Our services

Children’s Physiotherapy Service
Children’s Physiotherapy Service

Will assess children with a range of injuries and conditions and will develop fun interventions to help improve their condition. Read more…

Children’s Occupational Therapy Service
Children’s Occupational Therapy Service

Our team will assess and provide advice and support for children to develop skills in the areas of self-care, education and play. Read more…

Community Paediatric Service
Community Paediatric Service

Provides support for children with behaviour and/or sleep issues relating to a diagnosed neuro-developmental condition. Read more…

Neurodevelopmental Nursing Team (NDNT)
Neurodevelopmental Nursing Team (NDNT)

Can treat a wide range of neurodevelopmental conditions, consists of Consultant Community Paediatricians and Specialist Doctors. Read more…

Contact us

By phone:

Woodview Child Development Centre Telephone on 0151 495 5400 select:

  • Option 1 for Neurodevelopmental Nursing Team (Additional Needs Nurses)
  • Option 2 Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Team
  • Option 3 Children’s Community Nursing Team
  • Option 4 Prescription requests
  • Option 5 Community Paediatric Service
  • Option 6 General enquiries and reception

By email:


Our leaflets

Woodview Child Development Centre leaflet

ADHD Treatment leaflet

Halton Neuro Development Nursing Team leaflet

Halton Paediatric Physio information for parents leaflet

Halton Social Communication Assessment Process leaflet

Medication for children leaflet – Methylphenidate for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

What is ADHD leaflet

Advice for parents and carers about weighted blankets leaflet

Useful links

Halton Portage Service

St Helens Portage Service

Whizz Kids

Claire House

Halton and St Helens Wheelchair Services

Halton 0-19 service

Halton Parent Partnership

Rays of Sunshine


Local offer Halton

SEND St Helens

Contact a Family

New Life Charity for disabled children

Family Fund 

Carers centre St Helens

Carers Centre Halton

REACT Children’s Charity

Chatterbug Halton