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Integrated Children’s Additional Needs Service (I CAN)

Our Integrated Children’s Additional Needs service is here to help children and young people with disabilities to achieve their outcomes.

We do this by:

  1. Supporting participation and inclusion of children, young people with disabilities and their families in daily life.

  1. Empowering children, young people and their families to self-manage conditions and feel in control of their care.

  1. Identifying and managing underlying impairments such as disabilities and illnesses to prevent or reduce secondary conditions.

  1. Promoting child wellbeing through safeguarding and healthy lifestyle support.

What can you expect from us?

We do this by working with children and families to find out what goals they most want to achieve. We help to identify any underlying problems and give children and families the information they need to make choices about their care. We work with children, families and other people, such as other health workers, teachers and community workers, to identify the best way for children and young people to reach their outcomes. This may involve direct intervention for the child, but may also include support and training for other people or changes to the environment or activity.

Who is the service for?

Children and young people who have additional needs due to developmental delay or disorders are seen in a variety of clinics. More information on specific criteria for each of the different parts of the service can be found by clicking on the links below:


Who works in the team?

A range of different health professionals work in these teams including dieticians, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, physiotherapists, specialist health visitors and speech and language therapists. The team also include our administrators who arrange appointments and support the teams to provide care and a manager who oversees the day to day running of the service. You can find more information on each of these by viewing the service specific pages. 

Services are delivered in clinic settings, nurseries, schools and in homes, and there is close collaborative working with colleagues in education, social care and the third sector.   

How can you refer to the service?

Most people are referred to the service by their GPs. Some people will be referred by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, or by their health visitor or school nurse.

We have created a single point of access for ICAN services, to make the referral process safer, more efficient and easier to use.

To refer to the following Integrated Children with Additional Needs (ICAN) services, please use this referral form:

  • Community Paediatrics (i.e. Community Paediatric Clinics and Paediatric Neurodisability Clinics)
  • Children’s Physiotherapy
  • Children’s Occupational Therapy

Please use the specialist referral forms for

Families and referrers will be notified about what will happen next, and where appropriate will be offered an appointment. If the information on the referral is insufficient to make a decision, referrers will be advised and the referral will be rejected until further information is provided. If the referral is inappropriate, it will be forwarded on to a more appropriate service, or returned with advice on alternative services.

Referrals should be sent to:

ICAN Central Referrals

Stockdale House

Victoria Road

Leeds LS6 1PF

Contact Number: 0113 843 3620

If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:

To access and complete the FFT click here >

To access and complete the FFT Easy read version click here >

If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >

The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.