Referral Process

Who can make a referral to James Hopkins Trust?

Referrals to James Hopkins Trust can be made directly from families or their relatives, from consultants, general practitioners, hospital and community nurses, other health and social care professionals, schools, workers in the voluntary sector, basically anyone connected to the child. All completed referral forms need to have consent of an individual with parental responsibility.

The Children that we provide respite for will need to fulfil the following criteria

  • Age 5 or under
  • Live in Gloucestershire
  • Have a Life limiting or life threatening condition with a nursing / medical need.
  • Severely disabled with a nursing / medical need.

The respite care we provide is completely free of charge to the child and family.

What happens after the referral is made?

When we receive an application, a member of the Nursing Management Team will contact the family and arrange a convenient time to meet the individual child and family, this will usually be at home. During this primary assessment we will discuss every aspect of the child’s condition and the effects this has on both the child and the family. We will introduce the family to the type of care we can provide and discuss what would suit the family best.

Every child and family will be assessed and allocated respite on an Individual basis. This could either be:

  1. One to one respite once a week either at home or in the respite centre.
  2. A Little Kites Session at our respite centre
  3. Overnight respite at our respite centre.
  4. Use of the facilities at kites corner

Please see below for more information on each type of respite.

Our aim is to be able to make initial contact with a family and have respite in place within two months of the application.

If you would like to make a referral please download our referral form here and email it to or post it to James Hopkins Trust.