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Neuro Developmental Pathway

The Fylde Coast School Age Neurodevelopmental Pathway is an integrated multiagency pathway for children and young people age 5-16 years who are causing parental and professional concern and who require multiagency, specialist consideration of their needs.

Referrals will be accepted from a professional who knows the child or young person well and who is able to supply all the information needed to enable effective triage.  This will include paediatricians, child and adolescent psychiatrists, SENCO’s, educational psychologists, clinical psychologists, therapists, school nurses and CAMHS Practitioners.

Referrals should be made using the School-Age ND Pathway referral form. Referrals must be made with the knowledge and consent of the person(s) with parental responsibility for the child or young person. The service does not accept self-referrals. The child or young person being referred must have a GP in Blackpool Fylde or Wyre, and evidence of targeted interventions already in place must be detailed in the referral

All referrals go to the Neurodevelopmental Pathway Coordinator and will be triaged with one of the pathway consultants. If accepted the pathway coordinator will contact the families to discuss the process and to start gathering further information about the child or young person prior to their assessment with one of the 6 pathway consultants.  The pathway coordinator remains as a point of contact for families throughout the process. As part of the multiagency approach the child or young person is likely to have assessments with other members of the multiagency team such as speech therapy. The pathway team work closely with our partners in Education to gather information about the child or young person and their presenting needs and form an integral part of any subsequent multiagency discussions that take place.

When all the assessments have been completed the multiagency team meet to discuss the child or young person’s presenting needs.  This may or may not result in a diagnosis of Autism, the pathway consultant will contact the family to discuss the outcome and how any decisions made were reached.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Denise Lightly
Contact Position
Neurodevelopmental Pathway Coordinator


Referral forms can be requested   from the Pathway team on 01253 952503 or via email at

Where to go

Whitegate Drive Health Centre
 Last updated: 04 Jun 2020