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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.

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.

Community Paediatricians work closely with Health Visitors, School Nurses, Children’s Community Nurses, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Dietetics, Physiotherapy and Orthoptics.  They also work with CAMHS, social care, hospitals, GPs and Local Authority, particularly the Education Department.

Referrals:

Referrals should be sent to Universal Square (central office) using the Children’s Community Health Services’ referral form.  Please refer to the ‘Referral Guidance and Criteria’ and ‘Information Standards for Community Paediatric Referrals’ (see ‘referrals’ below).

Location:

The service is based at:

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

North team tel/email:   
0161-537 0402
cmm-tr.communitypaediatricsnorth@nhs.net

Central team tel/email: 
0161-537 0403
mft.comm-paedslong@nhs.net

South team tel/email:
0161-537 0404
mft.comm-paedslong@nhs.net

Fax:
0161-537 0407

Hours:
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.

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 Hany Faza
Consultant, Lead for Epilepsy

Dr Jane Hardy
Consultant, Clinical Lead, Special interest in nutrition in children with disability

Dr Lisa Kauffmann
Consultant, Clinical Director, Special interest in palliative care

Dr Angela Kindleysides
Associate Specialist, Special interest in adoption and fostering and Down syndrome.

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

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)

Conditions:

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.

Referrals:

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

Additional Information:

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 may be offered a telephone consultation or an outpatient appointment to discuss their concerns.  Dr Redfern, Consultant Paediatrician, is willing to offer advice to professionals.  Please email the referral form to mft.comm-paedslong@nhs.net.