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Community paediatrics

Helping children with developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy and ADHD.

Listening to your experiences

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust is committed to developing services that meet the needs of the patients, their families, carers or a friend.

Holding a forum or focus group has been shown as being an effective way of listening to people’s views and using this to improve the service. It also gives patients a chance to share their experiences with each other. We would very much like you to be part of this community paediatrics forum.

If you are interested please get in contact with Linda Reid-Amoruso on linda.reid-amoruso@nhs.net or call 07810850863 for more details.

Paediatric assessment waiting times: An apology

Help while you are waiting for an assessment

Contact us

0300 123 4087
kcht.CommunityPaediatrics@nhs.net

For referral infomation and our referral form please see our How to refer section below.

The team covers two main geographical areas within Kent:

How we can help

Who we are

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We are a team of consultant paediatricians, specialist nurses, health care assistants and administrators.

What we do

Our service can assess, diagnose and support children with development disorders such as cerebral palsy, developmental delay, autism spectrum conditions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and muscular dystrophy. We can advise the child’s parents/ carers on useful resources and other sources of support. We can contribute towards Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs). We also have expertise in safeguarding, child protection and looked after children (LAC).

Who we see

The community paediatrics service sees children and their families for:

  • Assessments for motor disorders, neurodevelopmental conditions, neurodisability, physical and sensory medical disorders.
  • Developmental assessments
  • Sexual abuse assessments in partnership with the sexual abuse referral centre and emotional abuse and neglect with associated developmental concerns
  • Medical advice as part of the Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) process for children who may have additional educational needs.
  • Looked after children’s health assessments
  • Specialist diagnostic clinics for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for children under 11 years*.

Assessment of Attention deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for children under 11 years*

*children and young people over 11 years are seen by NELFT child and young persons neurodevelopmental and learning disability service. Please refer to: https://www.nelft.nhs.uk/nlds

  • We offer a parent strategy group following a child having a confirmed diagnosis of ADHD.
  • If a diagnosis of ADHD is made we can offer ADHD medication reviews should medication be chosen and we work in partnership with GP practices for this under shared care guidelines.
  • We work closely with a number of other services to provide effective joined up care and complete joint assessments with therapists for the assessment of motor and social communication disorders.
  • We are able to provide advice on the following areas should they form part of a developmental assessment. The Following areas are advised on when they form part of a developmental assessment when carried out by a Paediatrician (not carried out in isolation): sleep problems, enuresis/ encopresis, eating difficulties, tantrums.

Referral form

Please note that we can only accept referrals from professionals working with the family.

We are unable to accept referrals directly from families. If your child is in school or nursery, they are ideally placed to make the referral for you or this can be completed by a Health Professional.

Referral information

Where do we work from?

The services are provided in a range of venues, depending on the child / young person’s needs as well as local arrangements, these may include:

  • multi-agency children’s centres,
  • community clinics,
  • doctor’s surgeries.

Other information

Helpful links

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KELSI is an online resource for education professionals in Kent. Provided by Kent County Council.

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Early Help provide a range of services to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of children, young people and families in Kent.

Ready, Steady, Go, Hello programme

In healthcare, we use the word 'transition' to describe the process of preparing, planning and moving from children's to adult services. To support people with a long term condition through transition, we've adopted the Ready, Steady, Go transition programme.

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This programme has been developed by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and you will be directed to their dedicated website.

Your comments

December 2022
Maidstone

Polite and explained the step by step process very well.

December 2022
Maidstone

The staff were friendly and approachable. The whole situation made me and my son more comfortable.

December 2022
Maidstone

Very good, good communication, everything has been explained.

June 2022
Dartford

Friendly, polite and always call back.

March 2022
Maidstone

The appointment was on time and no travel needed, and the Nurse was very well informed. (ADHD Nurse)

March 2022
Maidstone

The doctor was so lovely and listened to all of our concerns. Gayatri really took time with us and for that we are very grateful.

March 2022
Dartford

Video call was clear and easy to attend. The Paediatric doctor we saw was also very clear, put my daughter at ease and was very easy to talk to.

February 2022
Sevenoaks

The nurse was very informative and answered our questions. Also made my son feel like he was involved in the decisions about his care. (ADHD Nurse)

February 2022
Gravesend

Good communication with doctor, able to relay any issues easily.

January 2022
Maidstone

Our concerns were listened too and we were reassured with future steps.

December 2021
Maidstone

The doctor listened and was very efficient in arranging the onward support and treatment.

January 2022
Dartford

Very informative and included my daughter in the questions.

December 2021
Maidstone

Excellent meeting, took time to talk to both myself and child and really understand the issues. Plan forward was also discussed.

December 2021
Tunbridge Wells

Professional, efficient and informative.

November 2021
Maidstone

Call quality good, on time and all information was clearly given. (ADHD Nurse)

November 2021
Paddock Wood

Carrie is always so good with our son, friendly and bubbly and always covers everything with us at every appointment. (ADHD Nurse)

November 2021
Dartford

Karen covered all the areas we were concerned abou,t very thoroughly and left us feeling that there was a clear plan in place.

October 2021
Sevenoaks

Friendly, supportive clear and concise.

October 2021
Maidstone

Very friendly knowledgeable staff. Asked lots of questions.

November 2022
Maidstone

Sam was very professional and patient with my son.

November 2022
Maidstone

Well explained and very friendly clinician putting us both at ease.

November 2022
Maidstone

The process of the test was explained well and my son enjoyed the test.

November 2022
Maidstone

No waiting time, very prompt. Great customer/client service.

October 2022
Maidstone

Process explained in full detail. Nurse engaged well with daughter and help form a good relationship.

October 2022
Maidstone

Clear instructions. Warm and friendly. Put son at ease.

October 2021
Dartford

The video call was very clear and easy to use. The assessor was very calm and listened carefully to everything that was said.

August 2021
Paddock Wood

Anne, as always, was wonderful. She is supportive, knowledgeable and shows a fantastic awareness of our history with our son. Our sessions always feel like a continuation of what has come before.

August 2021
Tunbridge Wells

Doctor was very helpful and explained a lot.

August 2021
Maidstone

Everything that needed to be discussed was and it was easier than the telephone.

September 2021
Dartford

Clear questions and able to talk openly, child felt relaxed in home environment.

September 2021
Maidstone

The video call with the paediatrician was educative and enlightening. And it addressed major concerns I had regarding my son.

September 2021
Tunbridge Wells

She listened and explored all possibilities, not just ADHD.

October 2021
Gravesend

Well explained and questions involved both parties.

October 2021
Dartford

The paediatrician was friendly and very helpful and informative. I was told everything that would happen and he was good with my son.

October 2021
Maidstone

Very friendly and informative staff.

October 2021
Maidstone

Our son really enjoyed speaking to Joseph. He felt very comfortable.

June 2021
Gravesend

Very thorough review and interaction with the child. (ADHD Nurse)

July 2021
Tunbridge Wells

Can't fault it in any way. Convenient, prompt and the nurse was fantastic. (ADHD Nurse)

July 2021
Dartford

Brilliant Doctor! Love having video consultations - so much easier for me and my child.

July 2021
Maidstone

Very straight forward, Paediatrician was lovely and explained everything really well.

July 2021
Swanley

Much easier to be in their home environment.

August 2021
Maidstone

The Doctor was very engaging with both myself and my daughter, very caring, good advice. Felt confident with her.

May 2021
Maidstone

Detailed appointment and informative. (ADHD Nurse)

May 2021
Maidstone

Explained things very well, so we understood.

June 2021
Gravesend

Welcoming, friendly and made to feel comfortable.

June 2021
Maidstone

Very good consultant who offered advice and guidance.

June 2021
Sevenoaks

Katy was kind and helpful and helped us feel at ease with the process and explained what needed to be done next and what she thought would be most helpful to (child's name).

June 2021
Tunbridge Wells

Everything was said clearly and thorough.

April 2021
Maidstone

On time, clear video chat. Joseph very welcoming.

April 2021
Tunbridge Wells

The video call was easy to enter and on time. Doctor was friendly and polite.

May 2021
Sevenoaks

Friendly, helpful and much easier than visiting hospital/clinic for the same conversation.

May 2021
Dartford

Time was taken to listen and understand both child and adult.

May 2021
Maidstone

Dr was friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and decisive

April 2021
Maidstone

Very patient and had good listening skills.

April 2021
Maidstone

Folake was very helpful explaining what today's meeting was for and what our next steps are. (ADHD Nurse)

April 2021
Tunbridge Wells

We felt the service provided and the quality of care to be excellent.

April 2021
Gravesend

The doctor was willing to listen to my view.

April 2021
Tunbridge Wells

We were able to have the appointment interaction as if we were present.

March 2021
Gravesend

Able to conduct a review meeting under the current climate and to be reassured that my Son is fit and healthy

March 2021
Paddock Wood

The doctor was very good and he explained everything.

March 2021
Tunbridge Wells

The meeting was positive and went well.

March 2021
Sevenoaks

Thorough, thoughtful, prepared and lots of discussion. Never felt hurried.

March 2021
Dartford

Everyone was caring, friendly and also explained everything in detail.

February 2021
Dartford

Doctor listened carefully, fully understood concerns and offered new options to trial.

February 2021
Sevenoaks

The video system was clear and easy to use. We were able attend easily with home school and work schedules.

February 2021
Gravesend

It was very easy to login and everything ran on time. Very efficient.

February 2021
Maidstone

Very fast diagnosis very happy, especially with Covid restrictions in place, everything has happened quickly.

July 2020
Gravesend

Have always received good service from the main Consultant.

January 2021
Maidstone

The doctor was very clear, friendly, explained things well, answered our questions, did not make us feel rushed at all and was very warm whilst being professional.

January 2021
Dartford

I did not need to wait long and the Doctor was very helpful.

January 2021
Maidstone

Very polite and professional. (ADHD Nurse)

January 2021
Tunbridge Wells

Felt I was really listened to and was able to explain everything that concerns us

January 2021
Maidstone

The paediatrician was attentive, and clear in his decisions and reasoning.

January 2021
Gravesend

All our concerns and needs were listened and supported.

February 2021
Maidstone

The doctor communicated well over the virtual platform and was able to help my daughter.

February 2021
Maidstone

The nurse was very understanding and supportive. She gave us a lot of practical advice. (ADHD Nurse)

June 2020
Gravesend

The doctor answered all my questions. I was very happy with the service over the phone.

June 2020
Maidstone

Very good consultation by the phone, but I found it hard to express how things were going. I would have like the doctor to have seen the child first. Now has to wait until this might happen to go forward.

June 2020
Maidstone

Very friendly and helpful. Reassuring. (ADHD nurse)

March 2020
Gravesend

Always thorough on reviews. Good advice always given. Very understanding.

March 2020
Dartford

Great service, friendly staff, and professional advice.

February 2020
Maidstone

I would really like to praise (Staff name) the receptionist and the HCA for really trying with my boy, as it has been hard to keep him settled and calm. (Staff name) kept him occupied when it became too much for me. Thank you so much.

February 2020
Dartford

Fabulous doctor who understood my child's condition very well and made us feel at ease.

December 2019
 Gravesend

Very good doctor, understood me well, asked me a lot of questions and gave me enough time to ask questions too.

December 2019
Gravesend

Doctors and nurses have always been a great support to us.

January 2019
ADHD Nurse - Gravesend

The lady ADHD Nurse we have seen for years is very empathic and listens. Also knows how to speak calmly and quietly to my child. (Parent)

January 2019
Sevenoaks

The Consultant listens, understands, non judgemental, takes time no rushing. (Parent)

June 2018
Gravesend

Doctor was very helpful and explain things to us and also took time to assess him properly.

June 2018
Maidstone

Very happy with whats happened regarding our son's health and wellbeing.

June 2018
Dartford

Very comfortable in discussing issues.

June 2018
Sevenoaks

Excellent, professional, approachable, great way with our son and us.

May 2018
Tunbridge Wells

Staff were professional and courteous and recognised our worries. They explained the processes and outcomes and listened to our concerns. They answered our questions and didn't try to rush us through

May 2018
Dartford

Very informative, kind and professonal overall very pleased.

April 2018
Gravesend

Full and thorough explanations given of the process; very empathetic and supportive. I felt my concerns were taken seriously.

April 2018
Tunbridge Wells

Appointment on time, efficient and friendly, informative. (ADHD nurse)

May 2018
Gravesend

The doctor and specialist therapist were amazing. They worked brilliantly with our daughter and were very professional and caring and friendly.

February 2018
Aylesford

Very nice and helpful doctor who explained the issues and the options clearly.

February 2018
Deal

I was treated with respect and everything was explained to me in a way I could understand.