Community Paediatrics - South Staffordshire
We see children from 0 to 18 years (19 years if in a special school) who have 2 or more areas of developmental delay and their families in community settings outside of hospital.
What we do
We see children for a wide variety of reasons:
- To assess and diagnose general medical problems, learning difficulties (if a medical or neurodevelopmental cause is suspected), complex disabilities, or sensory impairments such as visual difficulties or hearing loss. The team does not generally deal with one-off, short term illnesses, but offers long term support, management and co-ordination of services.
- To offer parental support, including parenting groups (child or topic specific).
- To prescribe medication - if appropriate.
- To complete child protection and Initial Health Assessments for children who are being adopted or are in foster care.
- To prepare medical advice for education health care plans.
We work in partnership with a range of other agencies including Education and Early Years Services, Social Services, the Voluntary Sector and other health professionals.
Who can use our service?
We see children who have a GP within the South Staffordshire districts. This includes Lichfield, Tamworth, Uttoxeter, Burton, Stafford and South Staffordshire.
Are there any costs?
There are no costs to the patient.
Who can make a referral?
Referrals are accepted from:
- Health Care Professionals
- Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo).
- Registered Social Workers.
How do I refer?
If you are a healthcare professional or Special Educational Needs Coordinator, please complete our referral form. Please supply as much information as possible.
Referrals will not be processed without the completed forms and parental consent.
If you are parent or carer, please speak with your GP or other healthcare professional your child is being seen by regarding your child's health for further advice.
Who will we see?
This will depend on the reason for referral.
Within the team we have:
- Community Paediatricians
- Nursery nurses
- Clinical nurse specialists
who are all specially trained in child health and development.
What happens when I come to the service?
This will vary depending on what type of appointment you attend. Our clinicians may:
- Give specialist advice on specific problems and arrange medical tests if needed
- Work closely with many other health professionals to ensure a child receives all the help they need - those professionals might include health visitors, school nurses, GPs, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) professionals and hospital-based specialists
- Work closely with, and give medical advice to, professionals in education and social care
- Give medical advice to the education authority when a child’s special educational needs (SEN) are being assessed
- Help manage the medical needs of children who are being adopted or are in foster care (looked after by the local authority).
Generally the first appointment lasts up to one hour; later review appointments are usually shorter, at around 30 minutes.
Your appointment may be completed face-to-face with a clinician or by telephone, or video consultation depending on your child’s needs - this will be decided by the clinician and further details provided to you.
What happens when I become an adult?
If needed, transition will be made to the appropriate adult services and joint appointments offered if needed.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Community Paedatrics
- 01283 505160 01283 505160
- Go to MPFT website
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- Referral required