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Specialist disability services referrals

Patients needing more complex and specialist assessment and advice on equipment and technological aids to increase independence should be referred to the Specialist Disability Service.

The following points need to be considered:

  • Home visits are common because many of the patients have great difficulty in travelling, and also because the equipment must appropriate to the person's own environment.
  • The service covers much of southern England, and sometimes further afield but depends upon having a contractual arrangement.
  • Liaison with local services is essential both to ensure as far as possible that funding of any recommended equipment is available and to ensure that the use of equipment is monitored and maximised by local clinicians.

Making a referral

This service has specific referral forms, with copies of other reports and assessments being useful in some instances:

Please send completed referrral forms to:

Specialist Disability Service
Oxford Centre for Enablement
Windmill Road
Headington
Oxford OX3 7HE

Email: specialist.disabilityservice@nhs.net

New referrals are considered on a weekly basis, and the referral outcomes might be:

  • Considered appropriate and funded; the process is started.
  • Considered appropriate, but need to establish availability of funding.
  • Further information required from the referring person or others to determine most appropriate response.
  • Referral transferred to an alternative service within the centre.
  • Referral not considered appropriate for one or more reasons.

Contact will be made with the referring person immediately after the first meeting to confirm safe arrival of the referral and to inform of initial decisions.

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