Dear Health Professional
Regional Driving Assessment Centre (RDAC) like many other services has been in lockdown since March. We hope that we will soon be able to start undertaking assessments with clients. We have continued to receive and process referrals, so do please continue to send over referrals for your patients/clients either using our form via email or fax or via our website system below. The assessment is free of charge if the client has been referred by a registered health professional.
Our preparations for assessments…
We have been contacting clients to screen them for COVID-19, medical conditions and shielding status in order to begin planning in who we can see and when. Our next contact with clients will be to book them in and arrange a telephone or video interview followed by their on-road drive at one of our centres. We have a procedural document guiding our practice which has been approved by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Driving Mobility and centrally sourced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We anticipate that not all of our outreach centres will be open initially so some clients may be asked if they are prepared to travel further for their appointment. Staff and clients will be expected to wear a mask which will be provided, and there will be disposable car seat covers and cleaning of vehicles in between every client. Clients will be asked to socially distance as much as is reasonably practicable. The safety of our clients, staff and visitors is paramount and we will do all we can to minimise risk.
Please do contact us if you have any queries. Please note our new head office address below.
The RDAC is committed to the rehabilitation of individuals who have a medical condition, particularly when it affects their driving ability. We are keen to promote links with health professionals and would encourage you to learn more about us and the services we provide. We welcome, indeed encourage research and are happy to consider other areas for assessment. Should you be interested in collaboration, please contact us.
Make a direct referral
For NHS health professionals to make a direct referral to RDAC. Please complete our registration form.
Health professionals can refer anyone with a medical condition
NHS health professionals can refer anyone with a medical condition which could affect fitness to drive. RDAC provide a wide range of services; vehicle adaptions in order to learn to drive or to enable a return to driving, advice on vehicle access or stowing mobility equipment or, any other vehicle related query. Medical conditions could include; neurological conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, vision problems, psychiatric conditions, learning difficulties, degenerative diseases, frail, elderly or anyone with confidence issues after a break from driving. It is important that clients inform DVLA when they have a ‘notifiable’ medical condition (see DVLA rules for further advice). If the client is not currently driving then they may not need to notify DVLA until they are ready to return to driving. If in doubt please contact either DVLA directly or RDAC for advice (DVLA Tel: 0300 790 6806 or RDAC Tel: 0121 359 4222)