What does this service provide?

Who we are

We are a psychology-led service for children and young adults with complex neurodisabilities. We specialise in supporting those with an acquired brain injury.

What we do

We provide support for any difficulties that a child or young person under the age of 19 may be experiencing because of their acquired brain injury or neurodisability. These difficulties may be to do with their emotions, relationships, behaviours, and/or thinking and learning skills.

During your child’s initial assessment, they may be offered one of the following pathways:

Neuropsychology

This pathway includes:

  • a detailed cognitive assessment, often over two sessions, involving many table-top activities, which will allow for a detailed look at their cognitive profile in the context of an acquired brain injury, often including liaison with their school and feedback to the family and child’s educators
  • autism clinic – where there is a possible autism presentation in relation to an acquired brain injury, a detailed diagnostic assessment can be offered

Brief psychological intervention

This pathway provides:

  • therapy sessions focused on specific goals that are important to the child, parents, and professionals
  • school-based observations and recommendations
  • family/parenting support sessions focused on helping parents/families to better understand and support the child and each other

Appointment information

Appointment types

Our appointments take place at Chailey Clinical Services. When you arrive, our receptionist will welcome you and show you where to wait for your appointment.

Your initial appointment is usually 1½ hours, while follow-up appointments can last from 1 to 3 hours.

At the initial appointment, parents and children are invited to come together. We recommend families come prepared with snacks, drinks, activities, and toys as some children can find it difficult to sit through the first assessment. If you are concerned your child might struggle to attend, please contact us in advance of your appointment date.

During your appointment, we will ask about your child's difficulties, as well as things that are going well. We will also ask about your child's developmental, medical, and family history to gain a full understanding of what might be contributing to the current challenges.

Please bring with you any recent school reports, educational psychology reports and therapy reports if they are available.

You will be given time to ask any questions and we will do our best to answer them. A plan will be discussed with you, either during the initial appointment or shortly after, and will include recommendations for support.

Following your appointment, a report will be sent to you, your GP, referrer, and any other relevant healthcare professional documenting the discussion and advice provided.

You can also be referred back to us if further support is needed in the future.

Who you'll see at your appointment

You will be seen by an experienced clinical psychologist.


How can I access this service?

We accept referrals from your GP, paediatrician, or child and adolescent mental health service professional. Our service is available to children and young adults under the age of 19, who are referred because they are experiencing cognitive, social, emotional, and/or behavioural difficulties associated with a documented history of acquired brain injury or other neurodisability.

We accept referrals from any area but if your GP is located outside of Sussex we will require funding to be obtained before acceptance.


How can I contact this service?

Contact details
Telephone: 01825 722 112
Where to find us
Address: Chailey Clinical Services, Beggers Wood Road, Chailey, BN8 4JN

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Opening hours

We are open Monday to Friday from 8:45am to 5:00pm (excluding bank holidays).

More detailed information about the date, time and location of your appointment can be found on your appointment letter.


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