Community Paediatric Service

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Community Paediatricians are specialist children's doctors with training and expertise in developmental paediatrics and disability, social paediatrics (including child protection), educational paediatrics and public health for children.

The community paediatricians provide specialist paediatric services to children and young people aged 0-18 years (19 years for young people with a disability), who are registered with a Manchester GP or attend a special school in Manchester.  They are seen in clinics and health centres, as well as in children’s centres, schools and patient’s homes.  Referrals are received from a wide range of sources including hospital and community health professionals, GPs and other agencies, and predominantly relate to concerns about children’s behaviour, developmental progress, education and social circumstances.

Each senior doctor provides general services within a geographical area and also has a locality and/or city-wide responsibility in his or her area of special expertise (eg child protection, ‘Our Children’, adoption and fostering, immunisation, vision impairment, complex neurodisability, palliative care).  The citywide team includes the designated doctors for child protection and ‘Our Children’ (looked after children), and the lead for the Greater Manchester SUDC Service.  The consultants contribute to planning, organisation and management of services through a wide range of committees and working parties, both in health and multi-agency settings.

Immunisations advice

The immunisations advice service is able to support children where there are professional or parental concerns around immunisation.  Please make a referral to the Community Paediatric Service via Emis (internal) or using the Children’s Community Health Services’ referral form, highlighting within the referral that is for ‘immunisations advice’.  Parents will be offered a telephone consultation to discuss their concerns.  Dr Redfern, Consultant Paediatrician, is willing to offer advice to professionals.  Please email the referral form to

How to Contact:

The service is based at:

Community Paediatric Service
Children’s Community Health Services
First Floor
Universal Square
Devonshire Street North
M12 6JH

North team tel/email:
0161-537 0402

Central team tel/email:
0161-537 0403

South team tel/email:
0161-537 0404


8.30 am – 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.  Clinics by appointment only.

Clinics are held in various health centres and special schools across the city.

How to Refer:

Referrals should be sent to Universal Square (Central Office) using the Children’s Community Services’ referral form below  Please refer to Information standards and Referral Guidance Criteria for Community Paediatric Referrals.

Clinical staff:

Dr Rimi Bhatia
Consultant, Special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders

Dr Elizabeth Dierckx
Consultant, Lead for Greater Manchester SUDC Service, Joint named doctor for safeguarding children

Dr Sarah Dixon
Consultant, Named doctor for safeguarding children for MFT

Dr Rachel D’Souza
Consultant, Joint named doctor for ‘Our Children’ (looked after children)

Dr Hany Faza
Consultant, Lead for Epilepsy

Dr Jane Hardy
Consultant, Associate Medical Director, Special interest in nutrition in children with disability

Dr Nitin Panwar
Consultant, Clinical Lead

Dr Lisa Redfern
Consultant, Joint named doctor for safeguarding, Special interest in immunisation and undergraduate teaching

Dr Maralla Rekha
Consultant, Lead for Neurodisability, Specialist interest in visual impairment

Dr Anne Reynolds
Consultant, Lead for Adoption and Fostering

Dr Naomi Sherwood
Consultant, Joint named doctor for ‘Our Children’ (looked after children)

Dr Elizabeth Wareing
Consultant, Lead for Education, special interest in Social Communication Disorders

Victoria Robinson
Senior Specialist Nurse

Kim Southward
Specialist Nurse

Additional Information:

Service information leaflet

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