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Children’s Specialist Services in Halton

Woodview iconWelcome to Woodview Child Development Centre – please find below a summary about our services and how to make a referral for children and young people living in Halton

We offer a single referral form for community based specialist therapy, neurodevelopmental nursing and paediatric services.

Additionally some referrals may require a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency assessment approach and in these cases the referral will also 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.

Following extensive consultation with partners we launched new referral documentation in March 2019 and further improvements have been made from 15th April 2020.

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 hospital doctor (secondary and tertiary care)

Once the referral for the child or young person has been reviewed by all of the specialist services and partners the parent/carer and the referrer will be informed by letter (or email if indicated on the referral form) the decision either:

– Confirmation of the service or services that have accepted the referral for assessment, advice and if needed treatment


– Informed that the referral has not been accepted with an explanation and signposting suggestions

Children and young people accepted by the Multi- Disciplinary Team (MDT) are likely to have either a known (previously diagnosed) or suspected condition that requires an integrated and coordinated assessments to decide on a diagnosis and/or provide an integrated package of care for treatment, conditions likely to be seen by the MDT:

– Global developmental delay
– Cerebral palsy
– Social communication difficulties
– Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
– Chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome
– Neurological condition

Bridgewater provides the administration and coordination of the MDT on behalf of our partners that includes Chatterbugs, Halton Council and North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

We hold a weekly MDT meeting and all referrals are triaged on a weekly basis.

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 for Parents.

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

Advisory information for referrers before considering a referral for ADHD
Parent SNAP form
Teacher SNAP form
Woodview Appendix 5 – Referral for for Children’s Community Nursing Team
From the 1st April 2020 this service is now being provided by St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust however the telephone numbers have not changed.

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 iconContact 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

Contact us icon 2By email:

– For new referrals bchft.haltonmdtreferral@nhs.net
– For MDT queries bchft.haltonmdt@nhs.net
– For Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy bchft.haltonchildrenstherapy@nhs.net
– For Neuro-developmental Nursing Team bchft.haltonNDNT@nhs.net
– For Community Paediatric Service bchft.haltonpaedsadmin@nhs.net
– For Community Paediatric Service repeat prescriptions halton.prescriptions@nhs.net
– For Neuro-developmental Nursing Team bchft.haltonNDNT@nhs.net

Our newsletters

Edition five, December 2020
Woodview newsletter - December 2020
Edition four, June 2020

Edition three, December 2019

Edition two, March 2019

Edition one, October 2018

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

St Helens 0 – 19  services

Whizz Kids

Claire House

Halton and St Helens Wheelchair Services

Halton 0-19 service

Halton Parent Partnership  

Rays of Sunshine 


Local offer Halton

Local offer 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