Caring for children with special needs and disabilities and those in need of care and protection
The Community Paediatric team is a specialist team of four consultants and three associate specialists who work with children and their families/carers. We work alongside other community health services (such as speech and language therapists, psychologists), hospitals, schools, social services and voluntary agencies to deliver holistic care for children across the following areas:
- We provide support for the assessment of children with special educational needs. We also offer paediatric audiology (hearing tests) for children 0 to 18 years old including those with special needs.
- We often see children with emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD), assessing if there is an underlying neurodevelopmental problem. We work closely with other agencies such as CAMHS, Schools, Bromley Y and Bromley Children’s Project to manage these.
- We work with other agencies to support vulnerable children e.g. those at risk of abuse or neglect, support for children in care or going through adoption.
- We offer medical assessment and ongoing support for children with chronic constipation, soiling, enuresis (bed wetting) and growth problems. We also provide vaccination medical advice at the specialist immunisation clinic. We provide medical care for children with disabilities and special needs e.g.developmental difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and chromosomal or syndromic disorders.
We at the phoenix centre are involved in training junior doctors to become specialist paediatricians. The junior doctors are part of our team who assess and treat children. All junior doctors are supervised by one of the consultant paediatricians.
Community Paediatricians also fulfil a number of statutory functions (services that we have a legal duty to offer) including:
- Designated and Named Doctors for Child Protection
- Designated Paediatrician for Unexpected Child Deaths
- Medical Adviser for Adoption and Fostering
- Designated Doctor for Looked After Children
- Doctor for Special Educational Needs
This service is provided only for Adults
What to do if you'd like to use this service
If you think your child would benefit from our service then you should speak to your family doctor (GP), school nurse, health visitor, social worker or your child's teacher. After a discussion, they can refer you to the service if they think that we can help you and your child.
A first visit to see the Paediatrician
You will receive a letter inviting you to see one of our paediatricians and you should come at the time requested. Our paediatricians are very friendly and used to seeing children and their parents or carers every day. We will talk to you about your particular concerns or conditions to find out more. We will assess your child and may also ask you to provide us with additional information to help us to understand more about you and offer helpful advice. We may also refer you to other services that can help you, such as speech and language therapy, child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and other local authority educational services.
More about some of the things that the Community Paediatrician might help you with
The Community Paediatrician offers support and medical care on a wide range of conditions. Some of these are described via the links below.
|Autism||Down's Syndrome ADHD (Hyperactivity)|
|Vaccinations||Constipation & Soiling Contraception and reproductive health|
- Information on sleep and how to build a picture of your sleep pattern, for existing patients of the service. This helps us give advice on sleep difficulties.
- This leaflets offers advice and ways to manage your child's behaviour.
- The above link provides Information on our local ADHD service and how to be referred