Quick reference service directory for over those 14 years or older
Annual Health Checks for people with a learning disability
Annual health checks are for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability. You can ask your GP for your young person to be added to their Learning Disability Register. They will then be invited for an annual Learning Disability Health Check.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Under 18 years, referrals are through professionals working with the child: the school, a paediatrician or GP.
For adult (18 years and older) referrals you can contact Cambridgeshire’s NHS service.
Under 16 years will require a referral from your child’s GP, Health Visitor, School, Paediatrician or Speech Therapist.
Over 16’s will need to see their GP who can refer them to the Ear, nose and Throat clinic. High street chemists and opticians may also provide hearing services including hearing check – there us usually a charge.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Communication Difficulties
Referrals for secondary school age children up to 18 years is by the GP to Children’s Mental and Adolescent Health Services. Young people over the age of 18 will be referred by their GP to adults’ mental health services.
Cambridgehsire has a paediatric continence service for children aged 4-19 and how to make a referral can be found here. Those over 18 will need adult services and should talk to their GP.
You’re entitled to free dental care if you are aged under 18, or under 19 and in qualifying full-time education or have certain exemptions.
Drugs, alcohol and substance abuse
Anyone needing help should talk to their GP who can refer to appropriate services.
Under 16 years would be referred by the GP to the Children’s paediatric service. Over 16 year old’s should talk to their GP.
Talk with your child’s GP, health visitor or paediatrician or your GP. Young people can seek their own referrals over the age of 17 or 18 through their GP.
All ages should talk with their GP, or parents should talk to their child’s GP or their own GP. There is NHS help available for teenagers who need support around gender.
Mental Health Crisis
CPFT have a First Response Service (FRS) for people of any age who are distressed, worried about their mental health or experiencing something that makes them feel unsafe. It provides 24-hour access, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mental health care, advice and support. Find out more about the First Response Service.
Those under the age of 17 will nee to ask the GP to refer your child to children and Adolescent Mental health services. If you are under 18 and have a learning disability you will either access children’s services or will need a referral from your GP. If you are 18 or older then will need to ask your GP to refer you to adults’ services.
They support children between 0-18 years old, and those up to 19 years of age if attending special school provision. Over 18 year olds will need a referral from their GP to adult services.
Orthotics and Prosthetics Service
Referrals will be through GP and specialists, but should you need follow up advice and care you can contact the service for support.
Pediatric physiotherapy is available to those under 18 years (19 years for some young people in specialist education) and referral are through the GP. Over 18 year olds should talk to their GP to access adults services.
Prescriptions will be free until a young person becomes 16 (or 18 if they are in full time education). If you receive Universal Credit, this is extended to 20. They will continue to receive free prescriptions as an adult if they have the following medical conditions:
- A permanent fistula (for example, a caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy) requiring continuous surgical dressing or requiring an appliance
- a form of hypoadrenalism (for example, Addison’s disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential
- diabetes insipidus or other forms of hypopituitarism ▹ diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone
- myasthenia gravis
- myxoedema (hypothyroidism requiring thyroid hormone replacement)
- epilepsy requiring continuous anticonvulsive therapy
- a continuing physical disability that means the person can’t go out without the help of another person
- undergoing treatment for cancer, including the effects of cancer/treatments.
Parents and young people can investigate support from their local GP or Cambridgeshire’s NHS icash service. Our section on Sexual health may also be useful (add link)
Sensory Processing Differences and Difficulties
Cambridgeshire’s Children’s Occupational Therapists will see children to the age of 16 years. FOr oldre children and young adults talk to the GP.
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (Fifth Edition); sensory differences are considered a symptom rather than a diagnosis. The Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) do not therefore support the use of SPD as a diagnostic label.
SCIP and SCIP card – Special Needs Community Information Point and Card
SCIP (Special needs Community Information Point) is a Cambridgeshire County Council information and advice service for families with 0–25-year-olds with a disability or additional needs.
For those not already under specialist services, high street opticians offer sight tests. You’re entitled to a free NHS sight test if you: are under 16 or are 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education. For those using specialist services those over 18 years will transfer to adults services.
Those under 18 can access the Cambridgeshire Sleep Service: Community.SupportServices@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. The service can advise on young people too but over 18-year-olds should ask their GP for advice.
Speech and Language
Those under 18 can self refer (or their parents can seek a referral for them) to this service. Over 18’s will need to talk to their GP.
14 years of age
If you are aged 14 years or over, you and have a learning disability you are entitled to a free annual health check from your GP (see below) .
16 Years of age or older
If you are aged 16+ years old and up, then you will start to access some adults’ services and take the lead in making decisions about your health.
18 years older
If you are under 18 with a learning disability, then you will still be able to access children’s services but will also have more of a say about your care. You are also entitled to an annual health check (see below).
If you are 18 + you will access adult health services.
Annual Health Checks for people with a learning disability
People with a learning disability often have poorer physical and mental health than other people. This does not need to be the case. Annual health checks are for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability. You can ask your GP for your young person to be added to their Learning Disability Register. They will then be invited for an annual Learning Disability Health Check. Watch a short film about the health checks, find out what to expect and how to make sure your young person gets one
The changing role of the parent carer or guardian
A parent carer or guardians role changes as children take legal responsibility for their health but many will still need help and support to do so. The Preparation for Adulthood Parent’s Guide has lots of information to help support the changes roles and responsibilities as well as wider information useful for those who have a child aged 14 years plus.
The legal rights of children, young people and adults
Get Your Rights is a new interactive website which helps to explain to children and young people their rights when using the NHS. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau also provide wide-ranging advice and support.