What does it do?
Bradford Child Development Service is a team of health professionals working jointly with children and young people with long term development or learning difficulties and their families. The people you may meet are
- Doctors (Developmental Paediatricians)
- Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy (for communication or for swallowing)
- Psychology team
- Specialist nurses (Child Development/Transition Nurse/Surgical/Continence)
- Nursery nurse and Child development assistants
The team work collaboratively alongside other agencies striving to provide an excellent service for children, young people and their families. With the child, young person and parental involvement, the health needs of child or young person are met through assessments and formulations of individualised treatment plans which promote independence and positive self-image for the child, young person and their family. The child, young person and their family are support throughout and signposted to outside agencies and organisations for further support and advice, including social care and voluntary sector.
Some of the appointments or interventions will be during hospital attendances whilst some can be via telephone or video consultations. Home visits can be facilitated on an individual needs basis by specific staff members.
Who is it for?
Children and young people with health and developmental needs including physical disability, learning disability, social communication disorders (autism) and other long term developmental conditions aged up to16 years (up to their 16th birthday) at the time of referral. They must have a Bradford GP or attend a Bradford
Referrals are accepted from your GP, other doctors (e.g. hospital doctor), Health Visitor, School Nurse or Speech and Language Therapist.
The first appointment is usually with a doctor and referrals to other members of the multidisciplinary team will be made accordingly, specific to the child or young person’s individual identified needs.
By referral from your GP, another doctor (e.g. hospital doctor), Health Visitor, School Nurse or Speech and Language Therapist. The first appointment is usually with a doctor – other members of the team are involved according to the child/young person’s specific needs.