Cork North Lee Early Intervention Team

Erinville Hospital, First Floor, Mardyke Rd., Cork  (021) 492 1581

Who are we?

The HSE Early Intervention (EI) Team is for children, aged 0-6 years, and their families who have complex developmental needs and need a team-based service to address their needs. The team is made up of Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologist, Physiotherapist, and Speech and Language Therapists. 

There are currently three other Early Intervention Teams in the Cork North Lee Area:  COPE Team for children with intellectual disabilities, Enable Ireland Team for children with physical disabilities, and the North Lee ASD Team for young children with a diagnosis of or under assessment for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

The HSE EI Team sees children who need a multidisciplinary team service but do not qualify for the other three specialist EI Teams.

Where are we?

We are based in the Erinville Hospital, First Floor, Mardyke Rd., Cork. Google map location

What are we called?

The HSE Early Intervention Team is often referred to as the HSE EI Team.

Telephone Contact Details

Our contact number is: 021 492 1581.

This is a voicemail service so when you telephone our team you will be asked to leave a message and a member of our team will return your call as soon as possible.

Who might benefit from our service?

We receive referrals for children who are under 5 years of age with queried developmental needs, who are experiencing difficulty in their ability to function successfully across a variety of environments. This might include significant difficulties in at least two of the following areas: speech and language, social use of language, motor skills, sensory processing, independence skills, social interaction, behaviour,  and learning new tasks.

Children are able to access this service if they live in the Cork North Lee Local Health Office area and are not accessing/eligible for another multidisciplinary team service. Queries regarding the appropriateness of referrals are welcome and appreciated.

Children are seen for intervention until their 6th birthday or until they no longer require a team-based service.  .

What do we do?

The Early Intervention Team offers assessment and intervention services. We work together with collaboratively with others involved in supporting the child’s development including families and members of the child's wider support system. We offer a wide range of supports and services to the children and families attending the service. These inputs may include:

  • Multidisciplinary team assessments of children and families strengths and needs
  • Individual intervention
  • Group interventions
  • Referral to Primary Care service as indicated for intervention (Please note that your child may receive therapy through Community Speech and Language Therapy, Community Occupational Therapy, Community Paediatric Physiotherapy, and/or Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Service if they do not require multidiscipluinarty team services to meet their needs). 
  • Parent Programmes (e.g. Late Talkers Groups, School Readiness Groups, Incredible Years and Parents Plus)

How to make a referral?

A referral for Early Intervention services can be made by your GP, physiotherapist, speech therapist, public health nurse, occupational therapist, social worker or any other health care professional.

All referrals are processed by the Early Intervention Forum.  The Forum meets monthly and is made up of representatives of each of the local Early Intervention Teams (COPE, Enable Ireland, North Lee ASD, and HSE Team) and other early childhood specialists to review and allocate referrals to the most appropriate team to meet the child’s needs. 

‘Early Intervention 'Referral Form’ must be completed for each child referred. This form must be filled in and signed by the referral agent and parent. It can then be sent to; Early Intervention Forum, HSE Disability Services, Blackpool (Adj. to shopping centre), Cork. (086) 787 2250.

If your child has previously been assessed by a health care, medical, or educational professional please provide us with a copy of any letters or reports at the time of referral.

What should I expect after referral?

Following referral the Forum will allocate your child’s referral to the most appropriate of the four Early Intervention Teams.  After this parents and the referral agent will be notified of the outcome i.e. if a child has been accepted for evaluation or not accepted. If a child has not been accepted the reason for this will be explained.

What should I expect at the first session?

You will receive an appointment from the HSE Early Intervention Team by post, usually within three months from the date the Forum decided which team was best for your child.  The Initial Meeting takes place in the Erinville Hospital and involves meeting two or more of our team members to discuss your child’s development to date and to establish your concerns and allowing the Team to get a sense of your child’s strengths and needs.  You will be asked to return, without your child, a week later to discuss the outcome of the assessment in detail with the Team.  You will receive a written report based on this Initial Assessment.   


If you cannot attend your appointment please contact a member of the team as soon as possible so that another family can avail of your appointment.

Team Members

Occupational Therapist : Deirdre Hegarty, Gillian Hogan, Susan O Mahony

Clinical Psychologist : Fiona D’Arcy

Physiotherapist : Daphne DeCoster

Speech and Language Therapists : Kimberly Cobb, Suzie O’Riordan, Niamh Coughlan

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