Community Children's Doctors
This section aims to provide General Practitioners (GPs) and members of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) with some more detailed information about our services. The information below is updated regularly, but, if you need to find out more detailed information about a specific service or have a very specific question about the service or referral pathway, then please contact the service manager or the key clinician detailed opposite.
- How does a GP refer in to the service?
To refer a patient in to the service GPs should use the TRAQS service indicating clearly that it is a referral to a "Consultant Community Paediatrician".
You can also view the page that provides information for patients or carers by clicking the link below.
Types of patients regularly seen
Our service is for children and young people aged 0-16 years old but this extends to under 19 years for children with complex neurodisability educated full time in specialist provision.
We provide medical assessment, diagnosis and management of children with neurodisabilities and complex or chronic health needs, including:
- cerebral palsy and other complex neurodisabling conditions
- chromosome or syndrome disorders (e.g Down's Syndrome) requiring Community Paediatric surveillance
- developmental difficulties in preschool children
- autistic spectrum disorder in preschool children
- coordination difficulties 'dyspraxia' (medical assessment only)
- severe learning difficulties in school age children (medical assessment only)
- specialist audiology services (hyperacusis and to investigate children with hearing loss)
Patients not seen by this service
We sometimes receive inappropriate referrals for the following conditions:
- General medical conditions - for example asthma, eczema, headaches, epilepsy
- Autism assessments in the over 5s.
- ADHD assessments - we do not offer this service.
- Behavioural issues - this should initially be referred to the Local Authority Early Help Services. Family Connect for Telford (Tel 01952 385385) or Compass for Shropshire (Tel 0345 678 9021)
In children under 5 years in whom the behavior is felt to be part of a neurodevelopmental condition we may offer an initial medical assessment but not on-going behaviour management.
- Emotional/Mental Health concerns - we are a service for physical health and neurodisabilities. Mental Health and Wellbeing is commissioned separately.
- Tics and Tourette's syndrome
- 'dyslexia' and specific learning difficulties - this is assessed by educational professionals
- Obesity and growth problems – Community Paediatrics are not commissioned to provide this service but patients can get helpful advice on our Trust’s Keeping Healthy pages
- Constipation - our Trust runs a Nurse-led children's constipation service
- Sleep - we do not have specialised expertise to assess and manage sleep disorders
- Feeding problems