Community Paediatricians

The Community Paediatric team specialise in child development and disability. We provide a diagnostic service for children presenting with features that indicate possible:

  • global developmental delay
  • physical disability
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • ADHD
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)
  • Complex tic disorders

We do not provide the following:

  • on-going behavioural support for Autism or ADHD
  • second opinions
  • investigate, diagnose or manage attachment difficulties
  • investigate, diagnose or manage sleep problems as a lone presenting issue
  • investigate mild learning difficulties or specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia
  • see children with isolated speech and language delay
  • assess children under the age of 6 years with behavioural needs.
  • provide behavioural support for children presenting with challenging behaviour 

The Roles and Responsibilities of GWH Community Paediatrics Team

The Team have a statutory responsibility which involves the following:

Clinical Team Responsibilities  

  • Undertake medicals for children coming into care and reviews for some children in care.
  • Undertake medicals for children and young people being adopted and meet with adoptive parents to review medical information.
  • Undertake SEND medicals on children and young people who are going through the EHCP assessment process.

Non-Direct Clinical Responsibilities

  • Screen and provide medical advice on adults looking to become foster parents.
  • Screen and provide medical advice on adults looking to become adoptive parents.
  • Provide advice to adoption panels. 

The roles within the Team:

The team has a variety of roles that support the statutory work including:

  • Adoption Medical Advisor Role
  • Designated Doctor, Children Looked After
  • Named Doctor for Children Looked After
  • Designated Medical Officer, SEND
  • Designated Doctor for Safeguarding 

It is important to note that this work must be completed according to statutory guidelines and takes priority.

The team also carry out non-statutory work:

Neurodevelopmental Conditions (NDC) Pathway:

There are three consultants that assess new patients who require a diagnostic assessment through the pathway. 

Follow up patient appointments: 

These are offered by the consultants and can also involve the three Neurodevelopmental Nurse Specialists and one speciality doctor.


Sometimes Community Paediatricians use melatonin in children with autism to reduce the time it takes to get to sleep. Further important information about Melatonin and how it is used can be found here - Melatonin Information Paediatric

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