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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).
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 either:
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.
- 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.