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Sunday 24 March 2019
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Community paediatricians

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About our community paediatric service

Our community paediatricians assess children living in Derby and South Derbyshire who have a range of problems including general medical problems, delayed development, learning difficulties, behaviour problems or complex disabilities. 

As part of the assessment we may:

  • Give specialist advice on specific problems and arrange medical tests if needed
  • Work closely with many other health professionals, including health visitors, school nurses, GPs, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists, child & adolescent mental health services and hospital based specialists to ensure a child receives all the help he or she needs
  • Work closely with, and give medical advice to, professionals in education and social care when required
  • 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). 
I am a GP or primary care professional – how do I make a referral?

Referrals are made through a Single Point of Access (SPOA). Please note - we cover Derby city and the south of the county.

To make a referral, please complete the forms found on the neurodevelopmental pathway page. 

I am a GP or primary care professional - how do I contact the team?

Please contact the SPOA (single point of access administrator on 0300 7900264.

Referral criteria

  • Pre-school behaviour problems if autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is suspected
  • Pre-school developmental concerns following a developmental assessment from a health visitor
  • Children with conduct disorders where there are specific behaviours that might need medication and/or there are indicators of possible attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • School age children with poor educational progress should be seen by the school nurse for a health assessment
  • Children with dyspraxia as a sole problem will be seen as a low priority and should be handled through the physical literacy programme within schools wherever this is available. 

Referrals for the following conditions are appropriate

  • Pre-school and school concerns with more than two areas of concern about growth, social, development or behaviour, following assessment by either a health visitor, school nurse, speech and language therapist or community paediatrician (NB children with conditions listed as low priority as a sole problem may be appropriately seen if these problems feature as part of multiple concerns)
  • Child/young person at risk
  • Neuro-developmental behaviour problems

If you are not sure whether a referral fits these priority criteria, referrers should discuss with the community paediatrician concerned or with the patch consultant as appropriate.