Service changes and visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.



Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.

You can read some general  NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

Specialist Children’s Speech and Language Therapy

The Specialist Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service supports children in Nottingham city and county. We help children from birth to the end of school.


Who we work with

We work with children who need support with:

  • Understanding what is being said to them
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Using words and linking words together 
  • Saying sounds and speaking clearly
  • Communicating and interacting with other people
  • Using alternative ways of communicating
  • Having a healthy voice
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking fluently


How we work

Our aim is to enable you to support your child’s communication when you need our help. In order to do this, you will initially receive phone or video appointments. The service also offers appointments at clinic, home, school, or nursery if needed. We liaise with other people involved in your child’s care, as agreed with you at your first appointment.

Sometimes we support parents through training courses. These are either live online or hosted on our training platform.

Our support is offered in short blocks around specific targets, to ensure progress is made and our intervention is working. Further support is available following a period of ‘practice time’ at home.


What to expect from your first appointment?

Once your child’s referral to Specialist Speech and Language Therapy is accepted, you will be invited by text to phone in for an appointment. You will be phoned by a member of the team and asked questions about your child and your concerns.

Advice and recommendations will be given, and the ‘next steps’ agreed.

We use interpreters for families when appropriate and have access to interpreters in a wide range of languages.


Covid Update

The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service is open and offering support and advice to parents/carers of children with eating, drinking and communication difficulties. However, please read the Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service provision offered during COVID19.

Accessing our services

The service is available to children and young people (0 -18 years) who meet service entry criteria.

Anyone can refer to Speech Language Therapy, as long as they have the parents’ or carers’ consent.

Service opening hours

8:30am – 4:30pm or 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Contact and find us

Contact us via the Single Point of Access (SPA) :

Integrated Community Children and Young People’s Healthcare
The Children’s Centre
City Hospital Campus
Hucknall  Road

Tel: 0300 123 3387

Making a referral to us

Nottingham Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service has an open referral system. Any key person in the child's life can refer, as long as the child's legal guardian has given permission. 

The Speech and Language Therapy Service receives referrals from many different people, including; parents and carers, teachers, SENCOs, GPs, paediatricians, health visitors, nursery nurses, social workers.

To make a referral, complete and send our referral form [docx] 197KB and referral checklist [doc] 197KB (if you wish to print out the referral form and complete it by hand, please use this version: referral form for printing [pdf] 279KB)

Please be aware if you use our referral form you must complete all boxes and attach a completed referral checklist, or the form may be sent back to you.

For general enquiries please contact the SPA (Single Point of Access) 0300 123 3387



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