The Community Paediatric Team (also known as the Neurodevelopmental Team) is made up of Community Paediatricians and Neurodevelopmental Specialist Nurses, supported by administrative and clinical support staff.
Community Paediatricians are specialist children’s Doctors with training and expertise in developmental, social (including child protection, adoption and fostering) and educational paediatrics (special educational needs) as well as disability.
This service is available for children and young people aged 0-16 years and up to 19, if attending special schools.
It is a Consultant led service which has been commissioned by the Vale Royal and South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We work closely with other agencies to ensure that children are cared for by a multidisciplinary team depending on their individual circumstances and needs.
The department is based on two sites: Leighton Hospital in Crewe and Wharton Primary Healthcare Centre in Winsford.
What conditions do we deal with?
We assess and manage conditions like:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Delay in development
We assess and manage children with complex neurodisability, working alongside other specialist doctors and teams, for conditions like:
- Cerebral palsy
- Genetic and chromosomal problems such as down syndrome
- Other conditions such as neurofibromatosis.
Often the children we see can have a complex mix of physical and developmental problems (including learning difficulties) and we are a part of a wider team involved in their care.
How to access the service
Referrals are accepted from a wide range of sources including schools, allied professionals (i.e. Speech and Language Therapists) and primary care.
Self-referrals and direct referrals from parents/carers are not accepted, however information from parents/carers is requested on our referral forms and taken into account.