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Children's Community Paediatricians

What we do

The community paediatric service is provided within four district localities and provides neuro-disability services to children up to school leaving age in accessible venues including clinics, schools, community hospital sites and health centres.

Services include specialist multi disciplinary clinics including pre-school child development, feeding, cerebral palsy and Autism services. The team liaise closely with all mainstream schools, including attendance at school based meetings where appropriate. They are responsible for the delivery of statutory duties in keeping with the Education Act and Code of Practice including duties of designated doctor for LEA liaison. 

The core services depend on multi disciplinary and multi agency liaison including participation in appropriate meetings and multi disciplinary clinics. We deliver coordinated and family centred services to children with disability and complex needs (NSF standard 4). Services are child, young person and family centred (NSF 3) and provide information and support to parents and carers (NSF 2) whilst promoting health and well being; identifying needs and intervening early (NSF 1).

The community team is responsible for providing medical reports for children who are within the Looked After System and those being considered for adoption.

They provide medical advice to adoption and fostering agency in respect of prospective foster carers and adopters, and medical advice to the adoption panels across Durham and Darlington. 

In addition, the community service provides:

  • Neonatal neuro-developmental follow up
  • Enuresis services at a secondary care level
  • Locality based epilepsy services for children with complex disability
  • Supports the provision of the tertiary neurology outreach clinics.

Consultant Paediatricians


Dr Ruth Carpenter

Neurodevelopmental paediatrics, autism, Designated Dr Looked After Children

Dr Rebecca Casans

Neurodevelopmental paediatrics, Hearing impaired liaison, adolescent medicine

Dr Susan Haves                

Neurodisability, epilepsy, palliative care

Dr Maria Willoughby

Neurodisability, epilepsy, Clinical Lead for Community Paediatrics

Dr Kim Pugh

Associate specialist, Neurodevelopment, autism psychiatry liaison

Dr Sally Wade           

Associate Specialist, Adoption and Fostering, Enuresis, and Constipation

Dr Joanne Poot

Staff grade. Adoption and fostering, enuresis, neurodevelopment

Dr Nnenna Cookey

Neurodisability, safeguarding

Dr Surendra Pandey

Neurodisability, medical education

Dr Kirsty Yates

Neurodevelopmental paediatrics, autism, adolescent medicine

Dr Joshi

Associate specialist Partial Replacement post . neurodevelopment.

Dr Haleim

Staff grade. Neurodevelopmental medicine, enuresis


'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we have this service at all and well done to you all.'

Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital