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Tuesday 23 October 2018
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Neurodevelopmental team

Child with mother doing homework

The Neurodevelopmental team are a team of nursing staff who work closely with the community paediatrician service. Together they provide a complementary service to children and young people living in Derby and South Derbyshire who have a diagnosis, or pending diagnosis, of a neurodevelopmental condition like autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

The team help paediatricians to make observations of children and young people pending examination to aid with a speedy diagnosis. They offer support to the parents and carers with the diagnosis and treatment options.

The nurses also provide parent training courses to support parents and carers to feel confident in managing their child’s behaviours.In addition, the team provide training to professionals and schools. 

The team also meet with children and their families periodically in clinic to review their prescribed medication and consult, when necessary, with a paediatrician.

Referral criteria

Children and young people aged between 5-16 years pending diagnosis at the point of referral or post diagnosis. 

There is an ADHD referral pathway. 

Must be open to a paediatrician, and meet the ADHD criteria set in the pathway.

Referral mechanism

All referrals should be made to the community paediatricians service.