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Referral and assessment

Using our service finder will give you information about how to access each of our services.

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In most cases, you won’t access our services directly – you will usually need to go through your GP or other health professional. They will be able to talk through your options and make a referral if you both feel it’s the right service for you. 

There are some services which you can contact directly to refer yourself. These include:

There may be situations when you’re unable to refer yourself to these services, and availability may vary according to where you live.


If you’ve been referred to our service, you will normally need to have an assessment. This isn’t a test – it’s just designed to help us better understand your problem or illness. We can then make sure you get the right care and treatment to meet your individual needs.

After an assessment, you may receive treatment and support from that service, or it may be that we find that it’s not the right service for you. If this is the case, we will provide you and your GP or health professional, with recommendations and guidance on alternative support.

GPs and health professionals

Please check our pages for referrers for guidance on making a referral to our services.