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Referrals to the Elizabeth Newson Centre

Referrals to the Elizabeth Newson Centre are usually by way of a letter of referral from a health professional. This could be the individual’s GP, Paediatrician, or other professionals involved in their care such as a Clinical Psychologist or Psychiatrist. 

Referrals should include:

  • The clinical questions to be addressed (including information regarding current concerns and difficulties experienced).
  • Summary of developmental and recent history.
  • Copies of any previous diagnostic assessment reports, or reports from healthcare professionals who have worked with the individual e.g.
    Speech and Language therapists, Occupational therapists, Clinical/Educational Psychologists.
  • Details of educational attainment/progress and engagement with education services.


Age range:

We are able to consider referrals for individuals between the ages of 6 – 25 years old. For those over the age of 16, we would require their consent to the assessment unless they have been identified as lacking the capacity to provide this, and a best interest decision has been made on their behalf.

Agreed support in place:

All referrals to the centre must come from a healthcare professional. This is so that we can establish that the appropriate local team (e.g. CAMHs, Social care, or community paediatrics) hold care coordination responsibilities for the individual. We will offer advice and guidance, but we need agreement that the local teams will hold coordinate any clinical input.

Previous assessments:

The Centre will consider offering assessments for individuals who have been refused access to the local ASC assessment pathway, where there is evidence to indicate the presence of significant social communication difficulties.

Presence of profound intellectual disability or acute psychiatric disorder:

We are unable to offer an assessment for individuals who have a profound intellectual disability, or for individuals who have an acute psychiatric disorder or difficulty requiring urgent treatment, unless under psychiatric care for risk management, and/or undergoing medical treatment.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of our criteria, we consider each referral carefully to decide whether it would be appropriate for us to offer an assessment. We may decline a referral on the basis that it would not be in the best interests of the individual or family involved.

Costs & Funding:

The cost for an assessment at the Elizabeth Newson Centre varies between £1,900 – £3, 800, depending on which types of assessment are required.

The Elizabeth Newson Centre is part of Autism East Midlands, which is a charitable organisation. As the centre is not associated with the NHS, funding for assessments needs to be sourced independently.

There are a number of ways in which assessments can be funded. Please note, the source of funding does not have any impact on your referral to the centre.   

Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) funding:

Local clinical commissioning groups allocate funding for most of the hospital and community NHS services for the areas which they are responsible. Healthcare professionals can apply to their local CCG for funding for services which are not usually included in the NHS offering, if they deem this to be necessary. This is called an Individual Funding Request.

An Individual Funding Request can be made by a healthcare professional to the local CCG if they believe that you would benefit from a service that is not routinely offered by the NHS. If you wish to seek CCG funding for an assessment at the Elizabeth Newson Centre, speak with your clinician (usually the referrer) who can advise if an Individual Funding Request would be appropriate.

Click here to learn more about Individual Funding requests.

Click here to learn more about Clinical Commissioning groups (CCGs).

Private funding

Another option is to fund the assessment yourself. In order to proceed with this, we would need confirmation of your plans to self-fund. Approximately 3 – 4 weeks before the date of the assessment we would contact you to ask for half of the cost. Upon completion of the assessment, we would send you an invoice for the other half of the cost.

Private health insurance

Some private health insurance companies may be able to offer funding for assessments. If you would like to seek funding for an assessment at the Elizabeth Newson Centre through your private health insurance, please check with your provider whether this type of funding is covered in your insurance coverage.