Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions of Engagement – Private Child Psychiatry Assessment & Treatment | London

It is important you consider the terms of engagement below while making a choice to access child and adolescent psychiatric treatment privately. The terms outlined below – 

  • We do not offer medico-legal or expert witness services.
  • A referral for child psychiatry assessment may be made by self, GP, psychologists, schools or other health professionals. 
  • Payment includes a booking fee deducted from final fees which are sessional, please refer to fee structure here. 
  • Payments have to be made in 5 days from the date of the invoice. The invoice note will detail the interest rate that may be payable in case of late payments. 
  • If you have medical insurance, they must provide you a letter of pre-authorisation, without this claims cannot be made on your behalf. 
  • You are responsible for checking with your insurer if you need to pay an excess. 
  • You should note that you will have to accept to pay any shortfall in the event the medical insurance does not pay the fees in full. 
  • Please check with your insurance company if they will limit how many out-patient appointments they would authorise and pay for in case the treatment requires regular follow up. 
  • All payments, whether made by insurance companies or by self-paying patients are to be made electronically using BACS unless we agree to other arrangements. 
  • Please refer here for information on boundaries of confidentiality  
  • We may, on the basis of referral information, advise another service and decline work in certain situations to ensure the best interest and needs of the child and family were met adequately. 
  • The service on offer is strictly a planned out-patient provision. This is not different from similar services provided privately elsewhere or in NHS. In the event of an emergency, you must access services via local / nearest accident and emergency. 
  • We may advise inpatient treatment on rare occasions, this can be arranged privately if you have medical insurance or via NHS. 
  • During the course of our engagement, if clinically it was appropriate or required or indeed you made a choice to access care from NHS – I will either make the referral directly or advise you if the GP should do it. Please refer to principles for the interface between NHS and private medical treatment here. 
  • Confidentiality – the services we offer are confidential, however, we may be required by law in the interest of safeguarding a child to share the information with GP, Social Services and School
  • Correspondence – All our reports and correspondence is done electronically. Any printed reports or courier/post will be charged separately including secretarial time and hence best avoided. The report will be password protected and password sent to you separately as a text message for added security. We use third-party servers/email and fax services and would not be responsible for data loss in transit or if this was accessed maliciously. Any information that we record and store, will be on a secure drive in keeping with data protection laws, however, we would not be liable for loss and damage through theft and fraud.
  • If you are open on my list we will provide reports at no extra cost. Fees may apply otherwise, especially if you have not had a follow-up review for 12 months or longer.
  • Unless you wish to make private arrangements, we will expect you to request the GP to arrange all medical investigations as needed – these may include blood tests, scans, ECG / EEG. GP’s will also be expected to provide repeat prescriptions on advice from an independent specialist. You would be responsible for making appointments with the GP in a timely manner to progress the above further if it applied to your situation.  
  • ADHD Assessments needing additional checks such as QB test, EP assessments including WISC or similar will be charged separately. You would self-pay if your insurance provider declines to fund these checks.
  • We do not offer remote working by Skype etc. unless this was within reason and appropriate.
  • This note is not exhaustive and special circumstances will be dealt with as need be, in any event, you would be informed along the way if the engagement was to be outside the terms above. Please check and ask if you have any questions in regards to the above at any stage of engagement.