Community Paediatric Service

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 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.

Service Operating 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.

Service information leaflet

Referral Process:

Referrals are received from a wide range of sources including:

  • GPs
  • Hospital and community consultants
  • Health visitors
  • School nurses
  • Therapists

Referrals should be sent to Universal Square (Central Office) using the Children’s Community Services’ referral form (see below).

Please refer to Information standards and Referral Guidance Criteria for Community Paediatric Referrals.

How to Contact:

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
mft.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


Useful links:

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath
The professional body for Community Paediatricians
https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/

Local Offer: https://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/localoffer.page?localofferchannel=0

SEND: https://www.gov.uk/topic/schools-colleges-childrens-services/special-educational-needs-disabilities