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Community Paediatric Department

Description

Community Paediatricians provide out-patient Paediatric Services in community settings for children aged 0-16 years, working closely with Multi-agency Support Teams, Children’s Social Care, Schools & Nurseries, Local Education Authority, providers of Primary Care, Hospital Paediatric Services, CAMHS and Neuro-disability Services.

For further information families can contact anyone who is able to refer their child to us e.g. GP, Speech therapist, health visitor, school nurse Inclusion teams, Educational Psychologist, CAMHS, other Consultants and the Local Education Authority.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Dr Karen Arnold
Contact Position
Consultant Community Pediatricians
Telephone
0114 2717730
E-mail
Karen.Arnold@sch.nhs.uk
Website
Our Services: A-2 of services: Community Paediatric

Where to go

Name
Centenary House
Address
Community Paediatrics, Floor 2
55 Albert Terrace Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
Postcode
S6 3BR
Notes

Clinics are also held at:

Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
Sheffield S5 7AU

Darnall Children’s Centre
563 Staniforth Road
(excluding those requiring a developmental assessment).
Sheffield S9 4RA

We will make every effort to invite children to a conveniently located clinic to them.

We see children who are residents of Sheffield and thus provide services for the whole Local Authority area.


When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Monday - Friday
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Session Information
Clinics are held every day of the working week but not on weekends.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Yes
Wheelchair access details
Lift avaliable at Centenary House. Darnall Children's Centre and Nothern General Hospital are wheelchair accessible and clinics are on the ground floor
Cater for special dietary requirements
No
Supports special needs and disabilities
Yes
Special needs and disabilities details
Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
Severe Learning Difficulty
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
Yes

Other Details

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

We accept referrals from GPs, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Speech therapists, Physiotherapists and Educational Psychologists.

 

Our waiting times are usually from 6-10 weeks but we will fit in urgent referrals based on clinical need within 2-4 weeks

 

We are available on the phone to discuss referrals if referrer uncertain of the need to refer.

Age Range
0 years 0 months to 16 years 0 months
Facilities
  • Parking
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Changing facilities
Notes

For further information families can contact anyone who is able to refer their child to us e.g. GP, Speech therapist, health visitor, school nurse Inclusion teams, Educational Psychologist, CAMHS, other Consultants and the Local Education Authority.


Local Offer

Description

The service provides the following: :

  1. Assessment and management of preschool children where there are concerns regarding their development.
  2. Assessment of preschool children with behaviour problems where it is either associated with a developmental problem or it is felt that a medical assessment may contribute. Behaviour interventions are not offered but children signposted to appropriate services after assessment.
  3. Assessment of school aged children with learning problems with or without associated behaviour problems where there may be concern regarding an underlying medical problem or concerns that a general health problem is impacting on their education and social function
  4. Assessment of school aged children with motor coordination problems and onward referral to occupational therapy service where needed.
  5. Provision of medical advice to the Local Education Authority for children undergoing statutory assessment of their special educational needs..
  6. A city wide comprehensive service is provided for children with continence problems. Please see separate information regarding this for details.

 During the clinical assessment:

  • We will find out what concerns parents/ carers child have, we will take some information about   the family and take the child’s medical and developmental history.
  • We will see how the child is progressing in as many areas as necessary including learning and physical skills, speech, vision and hearing.  The child will also have a thorough medical examination including measurement of height and weight and developmental assessment where indicated.
  • After this we will discuss our findings with parents/ carers and decide whether any further action such as arranging investigations or referrals to other services may be necessary.

Sometimes we will arrange to see the child again in a few months to review progress and decide if anything else needs to be done.

Contact Name
K Arnold
Contact Telephone
0114 2717730
Contact Email
Karen.Arnold@sch.nhs.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)

General Extended Local Offer Response

Eligibility criteria for your service and any priority groups 

The service provides the following: :

  1. Assessment and management of preschool children where there are concerns regarding their development.
  2. Assessment of preschool children with behaviour problems where it is either associated with a developmental problem or it is felt that a medical assessment may contribute. Behaviour interventions are not offered but children signposted to appropriate services after assessment.
  3. Assessment of school aged children with learning problems with or without associated behaviour problems where there may be concern regarding an underlying medical problem or concerns that a general health problem is impacting on their education and social function
  4. Assessment of school aged children with motor coordination problems and onward referral to occupational therapy service where needed.
  5. Provision of medical advice to the Local Education Authority for children undergoing statutory assessment of their special educational needs..
  6. A city wide comprehensive service is provided for children with continence problems. Please see separate information regarding this for details.
Do you operate a waiting list? 
Yes
Waiting list details 
  • We see patients who are referred to us by their GP, Speech therapist, health visitor, school nurse Inclusion teams, Educational Psychologist, CAMHS, other Consultants and the Local Education Authority.  
  • We do not accept direct referrals from parents/ carers or from schools / nurseries.

Our waiting list varies from 6-10 weeks. However, we will accommodate urgent referrals for clinical reasons within 2-4 weeks.

Staffing arrangements details 

Clinics at Centenary House and at Northern General hospital are manned by Receptionists and there is a support worker available to assist all children and families attending the clinic. There is a receptionist at the Children’s Centre for all clients accessing the Centre but there is no support worker.  

Interpreters and British Sign Language workers are arranged for service users when required.

Staff training to support children/young people with SEND 

All our staff attend relevant courses on various aspects of child development, behaviour problems and disability as part of their continuous professional development. We also have monthly departmental learning events.

Our staff has not had any training in Makaton or PECS.

We are able to refer directly to other specialist services within the Children’s Hospital as well as to the Neurodisability service when required. 

Communicating with service users details 

We have interpreters in our clinics where required.

We send out an information leaflet for first appointments along with the appointment letter that will tell parents about what will happen during the consultation.

We inform parents in clinic regarding the outcome of our assessment.

We offer to copy our clinical correspondence to parents and we keep them informed by telephone or by letter regarding results of investigations.

We do not offer any parent training or learning events.

We advise parents about simple strategies they could use at home for their children with developmental problems/ behaviour difficulties.


Last Updated
28/06/2018
Keywords
NHS, Sheffield, Hospitals, Neurodisability, development, developmental delay
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