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Last updated: 20 Jul 2021 3:23pm

Policies and procedures

A list of policies and procedures relating to City University's Neurodiversity support services

Evidence Guidance

Students wishing to register with the  Neurodiversity & Disability Service must provide suitable diagnostic/ medical evidence of their conditions. To find out more about the types of  evidence we are able to accept, please view  our Evidence Guidance.

Lateness and Cancellation Policy

Lateness

  • If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for an appointment we will be unable to see you but will offer you an opportunity to reschedule your appointment.  At times of peak demand there may be a wait of several weeks before the next available appointment.
  • If you are running late due to exceptional and unforeseen circumstances, please contact the service to check if we can still see you when you arrive by calling us on 020 7040 0246.

Cancellation

  • Should you need to, you can manage/ cancel your appointment via the MS Bookings link sent to you.
  • You must give us at least 24 hours' notice if you need to cancel an appointment. If you cancel a Neurodiversity/Disability appointment at times of peak demand there may be a wait of several weeks before the next available appointment.
  • If you do not attend or cancel a diagnostic assessment for a specific learning difference with less than 2 working days’ notice without good reason, you will be charged the full cost (currently £350).
  • If you cancel late or do not attend an appointment on two occasions, we may offer you a shorter discussion session before booking another appointment.
  • If you cancel late or do not attend a study skills session(s) these will still count towards the number of sessions you have been offered

Students who receive Disabled Students Allowances (DSA) for Specialist Study Skills

  • If you provide less than 24 hours’ cancellation notice or do not attend your appointment on two consecutive occasions, you must speak to the Neurodiversity and Disability Services Manager before further appointments can be booked.  This may involve cancelling pre-booked appointments.
  • If you cancel without providing us with 24 hours’ cancellation notice or do not attend appointment(s) without providing us with advanced notice, an invoice will be sent to your funding body and the cost will be deducted from your Disabled Students’ Allowances.
  • If we cannot claim payment for these sessions from your funding body you may be charged for the hourly support cost which is currently £60 per hour.

Revised July 2019

A contract for 1:1 Specialist Study Skills/Mentoring

Our commitments and what we expect from you.

We agree to

We agree to:

  • Provide specialist support from a qualified, DSA QAG registered practitioner.
  • Offer you the support recommended under specialist support in your needs assessment.
  • Offer you the full amount of specialist study skills recommended in your needs assessment.
  • Meet the recommendations of the DSA QAG non-medical help framework.
  • Respond to all enquiries in a timely manner with your preferred contact method.
  • Let you know in advance of any alterations to your appointment.
  • Offer you the next available appointment if your session is cancelled due to staff absence.
  • Contact you if you did not attend (DNA’d) a session to check-in with you.

You agree to

You agree to:

  • Attend all appointments independently, the only exception arising where you have a formal support worker/non-medical helper (e.g. BSL interpreter or notetaker).
  • Provide advanced notice if you wish to be accompanied by your formal support worker. This is at the discretion of your specialist study skills tutor/mentor.
  • Provide official documentation confirming the nature of the support worker role and contact details, in advance of any meetings which you would like them to attend.
  • Set yourself goals (short and/or long term)  to work towards and which we will review regularly.
  • Inform us of any difficulties requiring our input in a timely manner.
  • Sign timesheets at the end of each session.
  • Contact us in advance to book support sessions if you don’t have regular slots (please bear in mind that there are likely to be longer waiting times at peak periods). Arrive for appointments on time (we will not see you if you are more than 10 minutes late).
  • Provide us with at least 24 hours' notice via phone or email if you cannot attend an appointment.
  • Let us know if you are unhappy with any aspect of your support.

We will

We will:

  • Request a medical note from a G.P. if you do not attend or cancel more than two sessions due to illness.
  • Review your access to your service if you cancel or do not attend two or more appointments.

If you have DSA

If you have DSA:

  • We will claim a fee from your DSA allowance if 24 hours' cancellation notice is not provided.

Revised July 2019

Feedback Procedure

Providing Feedback

  • We constantly monitor our service delivery and value all feedback that helps us shape the future delivery of our service.
  • Complaints will be handled in a professional manner and with openness to discuss your dissatisfaction with any aspect of your experience within Neurodiversity and Disability Team.
  • We encourage you to provide feedback, which you can do via our service feedback form.
  • You can find  further information on formal complaint procedures here.

Confidentiality

You can find further information about how your special category data will be managed via our data protection pages.

All information held by the Multidisciplinary Team is confidential and will only be disclosed to relevant parties at your request and/or with your knowledge. Multidisciplinary Team staff attend external supervision, similarly bound by confidentiality. The only exception arises where there is concern for the safety of individuals.

In order to facilitate your support, we may be required to disclose relevant information to the following teams. Please note this list is not exhaustive. You may choose to decline to provide consent, however this may impact on our ability to provide support to you.

* G.P. Surgery
*  Care Leavers Team
* Academic Department  
*  Dyslexia Assessors
*  Exams Office
*  External Support e.g. NHS, voluntary sector and private
*  City University London Libraries
* Occupational Health / Health Care Services
* Disabled Students Allowance provider and related services
* Student Centre
* Social Services
* Student Union Advice Centre

If you receive Disabled Student's Allowances (DSAs), you may be asked for consent to enable sensitive personal data processing for audit purposes.

Revised July 2021