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Community Paediatricians

The Community Paediatric Doctors are a consultant led team of specialist children’s doctors. All members of the team have skills and expertise in the diagnosis and management of children with Developmental delays and disorders including conditions such as Epilepsy, Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

We get involved if there are concerns about a child’s health or development in one or more of the following developmental areas:

  • Speech, language and communication
  • Chronic ill health/ long term conditions
  • Physical health/development
  • Cognitive development (understanding) or learning
  • Social communication
  • Emotional or behavioural needs in addition to disability
  • Eating, drinking and swallowing
  • Hearing or vision

We make a holistic medical assessment of each child and identify any other coexisting medical conditions. We work closely with our multi-disciplinary teams including MOSAIC (the integrated service for disabled children) to assess and meet the health needs of children and young people with developmental disorders, disabilities or special needs. As community paediatricians we also work closely with, and provide medical advice to, the Local Authority special educational needs service and social care services. We are always mindful of children’s emotional and behavioural development and their safeguarding.

Contact details

Contact Name
Dr Deborah Hodes
Contact Position
Consultant Paediatrician
020 3317 2200


Activity location
Kentish Town Children’s Centre 2 Bartholomew Road Kentish Town London NW5 2BX The Royal Free Hospital Pond Street London NW3 2QG
Kentish Town Health Centre
Bartholomew Road

Further details

Cantelowes Ward
Last checked date
Record ID

Local Offer

About Local Offer
Local Offer Age Bands
Preparing for Adult Life 14-25
Children under 5
School Age Children & Young People 5-18
SEN Provision Type
Where is the service located and what areas does it cover?

We are based at MOSAIC, Kentish Town Children’s Centre and the Royal Free Hospital We work in hospitals and in schools across Camden. We have very close links with the local hospitals to arrange for any investigations necessary and help manage children with medical needs. We cover the whole of Camden.

Who does your service provide for?

We offer a service from birth to 18 years and in some cases to 25 years.

How can a child or young person start using the service?

Referrals are made to our service by other professionals to a Single Point of Referral (SPOR). The maximum waiting time for a child to be seen by the team is 18 weeks but most are seen sooner and when a consultation is urgent we arrange for children to have an appointment more quickly.

How are decisions made about eligibility for your service?

Referrals are discussed as soon as they are received to decide the best place for the child to be seen depending on the child's needs or disability. For more complex needs the Single Point of Referral panel, which meets fortnightly will decide on who needs to see the child as part of a joint or multi agency assessment.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

We always do our utmost to communicate with parents. Sometimes this might mean reassuring a parent that their child’s development is within the normal range – for example a child who walks later than average. We explain and answer all parents’ questions (provided we know the answers) each time the child comes to see the doctor. We have a range of information leaflet for parents on different medical conditions Although we always welcome our relatives to come to the centre, we do not ask children to interpret and we prefer not to use close relatives as interpreters. If necessary we can arrange for interpreter to come with parents to appointments. This is provided free of charge. We ask all visitors to complete a questionnaire about their experience that day and there is space for comment. So far we have had excellent satisfaction with the service

Is your service fully accessible?

The building where we are based at Kentish Town Health Centre is fully wheelchair accessible. We are all child focused and will adapt our clinics as needed to assist.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had/or will be they be getting?

Children with special educational needs and disabilities are the focus of our work in Community Child Health and our staff have had lots of one- to-one training in how to support them.

Who should a service user contact if they want to raise a concern or complain about something?

A service user who wishes to raise a concern or complain about something should contact Head of the MOSAIC service at Kentish Town Health Centre: Kentish Town Health Centre 2 Bartholomew Road London, NW5 2AJ Telephone: 020 3317 2000

Who can a parent carer/young person contact for further information?

A parent carer/young person can contact the Consultant involved in their care or the Head or Mosaic at the Kentish Town Health Centre: Kentish Town Health Centre 2 Bartholomew Road London, NW5 2AJ Telephone: 020 3317 2000

The Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Camden Local Authority. Any service or provider mentioned in this Local Offer, does not represent a recommendation or endorsement of the service or quality of the service provided. You are responsible for undertaking your own checks to determine suitability of the service and provider.

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