The violet pathway provides a co-ordinated, team approach for children with long term complex needs or disability. The age range for the service is 0-18 years (19 years if in a special school).

The violet team includes community paediatricians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dietitians, podiatrists and specialist nurses. Close links are maintained with the other pathways based at Snapdragons.

The violet pathway offers a single point of access for children who may have a known diagnosis, chromosomal, metabolic or genetic disorder, inborn or acquired disorders resulting in long term complex needs or disability.

All referrals are triaged by the multi-disciplinary team using the information provided.

If the referral is accepted the child will be seen by the most relevant professional/s to meet the child’s needs.

Children will be assessed and investigations carried out as required sometimes leading to a diagnosis.

We see children who may be delayed in more than one area of their development.

Therapy intervention will be provided according to need.

Children with long term conditions (for example, cerebral palsey, Down syndrome and muscular dystrophy) will be reviewed and monitored on a regular basis by the team. An individual management plan will be discussed and agreed for each child.

If you have concerns about your child you can speak to your GP, school nurse or health visitor.

For further advice on making a referral you can call our duty desk on 0300 123 34444.

All referral forms should be completed and forwarded to