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Following last year’s approval of the new Social Communication Pathway (SCP) for Manchester, we have been working with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to run a parent/carer session where you will be able to ask questions you may have about this new assessment pathway.

We invite you to join us on 18 March 2021, 10-11am, for a chat with Jo Bromley, who is the Service Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Carol Kendrick Centre (South Manchester CAMHS).

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Here is some information that we can share with you about the SCP:

In the new pathway, referrals will be assessed by a core triage team of advanced clinical practitioners taken from all the services, meeting together as a group each week to look at new cases. Further information can be gathered as needed from relevant sources.

Each referral case will be assigned a named key-worker to support and inform them throughout the assessment process and assist them into the right intervention strategies. Usually this will be a clinician best suited to the child’s needs – for example, SALT if their difficulties lie mainly in speech, OT for physical or sensory needs, Clinical Psychology for behaviour.

Initial appointments will be with two clinicians, so that a developmental history can be taken from the parent-carer while the child has a clinical observation such as the ADOS. A second appointment will usually be made at the educational setting, for observation within the peer group. Parents will not be present at this observation but will be informed of the outcome.

The new pathway formalises the assessment tools and process so that families will receive the same service no matter where they are assessed. It will also provide clear data for auditing and future planning, also undertaken with parent/carer involvement.

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It will be helpful if you can send your question(s) to us by 12pm on Monday, 15th March so we can send them to CAMHS in advance of the session.