Coronovirus (COVID-19) update
Last updated 26/03/2020
During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, your safety and the safety of our practitioners is our primary concern. Key to this, is following government, Department for Education, Public Health England, British Psychological Society and Association of Educational Psychologists guidance closely and we wanted to share with you our COVID-19 guidance and the adjustments we are making to our normal routines.
What steps are we taking to keep you safe?
In line with social distancing measures, our current preferred way of working is to assess children and adults remotely via video conferencing, in accordance with recent guidelines released by Pearson Clinical. Pearson Clinical is the publisher of the cognitive testing instruments used in our assessments and their guidelines allow us to preserve standardised test conditions remotely. Please note, the suitability of a child or adult for a remote assessment will be judged on a case-by-case basis by one of our psychologists, and we reserve the right to refuse a remote assessment request.
Our capacity for face-to-face assessments is strictly limited to those assessments that are required to support the government approach for providing educational provision for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. Please click here for more information on the government approach.
An example of a child who might be eligible for a face-to-face assessment would be a child who may be eligible for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), or has a draft EHCP but requires an assessment as part of their application. In this example, a successful EHCP application would allow the child to return to their school to receive educational provision under the principles of the government approach. Please note, the assessment would be conducted in our consulting rooms under strict social distancing measures and we recommend that the family travel by car if possible. The parent feedback meeting would be conducted remotely and take place during the week following the assessment. Please note, the suitability of a child or adult for a face-to-face assessment will be judged by a psychologist, on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to refuse a face-to-face assessment request. Children who are eligible for face-to-face assessments are likely to be those for whom a remote assessment would not be suitable.
What to do if you, or the assessee feels unwell:
If you or the assessee should feel unwell and cannot attend your assessment at the agreed time, please let us know at your earliest convenience and we will be happy to reschedule for a convenient later date.
We have arranged additional capacity within our practice so that if one of our psychologists should feel unwell, your assessment should be unaffected. However, we hope you understand that depending on the circumstances this may not always be possible. Should we need to reschedule your assessment, we will do so for the earliest available appointment that is convenient for you.
We are continuously monitoring developments in respect of COVID-19 and as the guidance changes, we will act accordingly and update our approach.