Community Paediatrics

Community Paediatricians are specialist children’s doctors with training and expertise in developmental paediatrics and disability, social paediatrics (child protection and children in local authority care), neurodevelopmental work (ADHD and ASD diagnostic assessments) and educational paediatrics (special educational needs).

What they do

The Community Paediatricians assess and care for children with a wide range of needs and conditions, particularly children with developmental problems and complex needs. They have specific expertise in neuro-disability, looked after children, child protection and school health and have specialist clinics for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autistic spectrum disorders.

They work closely with colleagues in primary care, therapy services, CAMHS and local schools seeing children in outpatient clinics at both Wycombe and Amersham hospitals and Rayners Hedge in Aylesbury, as well as assessing children at home and at school or nursery.

Statutory role and Partnerships

The Service also has a statutory role in partnership with the Local Authority in relation to health assessments for children with Special Educational Needs which may impact on school attendance and attainment.  The information from the assessment will form part of the Education, Health and Care Plan

The other statutory role is in relation to the initial health assessments for children who are Looked After (LAC) by the Local Authority and those put forward for Adoption.

Paediatricians have a key role within the Child Development Team, which comprises a group of professionals offering assessment and ongoing support for children with emerging developmental problems, complex and additional needs. The team works with families to assess each child carefully and make joint plans to help children reach their potential. This is a service for pre-school children and children in their first year of statutory education.

Training and Qualifications

All of the Medical staff are fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC).  All of the Medical staff have the relevant training and qualifications in line with the GMC’s requirements.  All nursing staff have qualifications and training in line with the requirements set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 

Getting a referral

The service accepts referrals from professionals involved with a child and young person.

For example, a referral may be made by a School or Nursery, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Therapists, GPs, Acute Paediatricians, Tertiary Centre or other Paediatricians from neighbouring hospitals.

Who to contact

Website
Buckinghamshire Health Care | Community Paediatrics

Where to go

Address
Buckinghamshire
Venue Notes

Community paediatrics - wards and departments

  • Children’s outpatients  - Stoke Mandeville Hospital
  • Children’s outpatients - Wycombe Hospital
  • Outpatients - Amersham Hospital
  • Children's clinics, Rayners Hedge, Croft Road, Aylesbury HP21 7RD 01296 567355

as well as assessing children at home and at school or nursery.

Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Other Details

Cost Description

Community Paediatric services are commissioned by Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group.  They are a secondary care service. There is no personal cost to the individual if the child or young person is registered with a GP in Buckinghamshire.

Age Ranges
The team care for children aged 0 to 16 (up to 19 when in a special school)

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

The service accepts referrals from professionals involved with a child and young person.

For example, a referral may be made by a School or Nursery, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Therapists, GPs, Acute Paediatricians, Tertiary Centre or other Paediatricians from neighbouring hospitals.

Local Offer

Description

The service accepts referrals from professionals involved with a child and a young person.

For example, a referral may be made by a School or Nursery, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Therapists, GPs, Acute Paediatricians, Tertiary Centre or other Paediatricians from neighbouring hospitals.

Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18
12 to 15
19 to 25
2 to 4
0 to 1
8 to 11
5 to 7
SEN Provision Type
Targeted service or Specialist service (Referral required)
Last Updated
11/12/2019

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