The work of the Cheyne Child Development Service consists of the identification, assessment, investigation and support of children with long term neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodisabilities, working within a multidisciplinary team, liaising with primary and acute health care, networked with a range of tertiary care, and other agencies as appropriate.
Many children and young people within this group have complex medical conditions. In addition to their primary neurological condition, many have a variety of secondary associated problems requiring medical management, e.g. gastro-oesophageal reflux, seizures, constipation.
The core team consists of Paediatricians, Clinical Psychology, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Music Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.
The service aims to ensure that an individual child or young person’s neurodevelopmental needs are established and addressed, that appropriate programmes of intervention are made and that their needs are clearly communicated to families, carers and the multiagency services.
The Cheyne Child Development service is part of the Community Paediatric service based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. It provides to a specific geographic area from resource bases at Doughty House Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, at South Westminster Clinic in SWI and at Parkview Health Centre in W12 and at Jack Tizard special school.
Other services provided by community paediatrics include those for;
- Child public health services for vulnerable children and families including: safeguarding, child protection, ‘looked after’ children, adoption & fostering
- Audiology Services