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
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
In addition, the community service provides:
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital