The Community Paediatric Team are advanced clinical practitioners who have experience in child health between 0 to 18years. They see children in a community setting and provide ongoing care if there is a clinical need. They do clinical assessments for children and young people with long term disability, developmental delay, neurodevelopmental conditions for example, ADHD and Autism.
- Service Manager Lead: Stephanie Courts, Clinical Service Manager
- Address: Covercroft, Coleman Road, , Droitwich, WR9 8QU
- Reception phone number: 01905 681071
- Service hours: 09.00 to 16.30
How to refer
We accept referrals from all children’s health professionals, including GPs, health visitors, school health nurses, other paediatricians, and therapists e.g. speech therapists and occupational therapists. We also accept referrals from Early Intervention Family Support workers, Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators and special schools
Please send all referals to:
Community Paediatric Service
About the service
Community Paediatricians work closely with schools, teachers, school nurses and educational psychologists to ensure that a child is looked after in a joined up way in every environment they experience.
This means that we are very aware of the problems children may have in school and we can suggest help and solutions for behaviour and learning difficulties in school as well as at home.
We have a statutory (legal) duty to tell the local education authority about any preschool children who are likely to need extra help in school. To do this we send a referral form to the Local Education Authority which is then discussed in a meeting called the Preschool Forum. In this meeting children with extra needs are discussed and appropriate help is allocated. More information about this can be found in the Worcestershire Local Offer and Graduated Response
We always ask for parents’ or guardians’ permission before this referral is completed and for this discussion to take place.
Our Doctors and Advanced Practitioners
Our doctors and advanced practitioners have a lot of experience in a wide range of conditions and are highly skilled in doing assessments to understand why children and young people experience difficulties or have delays in their development. They also have the expertise to manage complex diagnosis that lead to disabilities.
Our doctors and advanced practitioners have close links with doctors in general practice and in hospital. They refer to and liaise with a wide variety of health professionals with specialist expertise, including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and where needed Community Children’s Nursing and Palliative Care Teams.
We work with other agencies to support vulnerable children such as those in care or going through the adoption process. We also provide medical advice to education for children with special educational needs.
We see pre-school and school-age children. This is usually up to the age of 16, but in some cases we see children up to the age of 18.
What we do
The children and young people who are seen by Community Paediatrics include:
Children and young people who experience:
- Developmental delay or disorder in more than one domain
- Assessment for possible Neuro-developmental conditions due to significant concern with attention, concentration and /or hyperactivity.
- Social and communication difficulties in pre-school aged children
- Motor difficulties with neurological anomalies
- Regression of development with loss of skills
- Assessment of complex behavioural difficulties that continue following intervention from universal services such as early intervention family support workers
- Sensory impairment including aetiology of sensori-neural hearing loss
- Management and overview of complex long term health conditions requiring ongoing medical management by a Community Paediatrician such as cerebral palsy, degenerative conditions, genetic syndromes.
Community Paediatricians also have:
- Statutory responsibilities for Special Educational Needs assessments (EHCP)
- Statutory responsibilities for Child Protection, Looked after Children and adoption.
- Responsibility to participate in specialist pathways including e.g. WMSAS/Umbrella/SUDIC