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Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust - Community Paediatrics
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The Child Development Centre is based in Plymouth and provides assessment and intervention for children from across the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust area who show signs of atypical development. This includes the provision of some services to children in North and East Cornwall where some input is delivered locally.  The unit is a designated children’s out-patient facility.

The CDC provides nine general outpatient rooms, specialist rooms for audiology, the continence service and ophthalmology, a therapy gymnasium and a pre-school assessment facility. This includes access to a small sensory room and an outside play area. A ‘family room’ is also available and provides a non-clinical environment for meeting and discussions with families.

The following Community Paediatric services are provided by Plymouth Hospitals Trust for children living in North and East Cornwall :

  • Specialist Nursing Teams (specialist assessment group, continence service, community nurses)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology

Who to contact

Contact name
Mrs Sue Frise
Contact position
Service Line Manager Community Paediatrics
01752 439418
Fax: 01752 315090

Where to go

Plymouth Child Development Centre
Scott Business Park
Beacon Park Road

Services are housed in a single storey, level access, wheelchair accessible building. There is limited free parking available at the front of the building and additional street parking in the surrounding area.

There is a large child friendly waiting room available for children and families visiting the centre and a toilet with disabled access and baby changing facilities.

Time / date details

When is it on?
Monday - Friday (excluding bank holidays) 9am - 5pm

Other details


Referral required
Referral details

Children’s Community Nursing Team referral criteria –

•    Children aged between 0-18 yrs
•    Nursing / bed assessment for continuing health care assessment or short breaks. This should be requested via the child’s consultant
•    Specialist Training around care needs and medications for nurseries and schools (general training is provided by the school nursing service)
•    Request for ongoing nursing support / care. A referral is needed from your Consultant / GP

Referral Criteria to Children’s Community Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services

Children’s Community Therapy Services deliver Occupational Therapy, and Physiotherapy treatment, to children and young people who present with, or are being investigated for, neurological, neuro- developmental, neuro-muscular conditions, atypical development and/or disabilities.

Following assessment, where a clinical need has been identified, and it is anticipated that the outcome for the child can be improved by therapy intervention, a range of therapeutic interventions can be offered to aim to maximise the child’s developmental progress and achievements and promote the child’s inclusion in family and community life.

Who is the service for?
Children and young people from birth to the end of school year 13 in Mainstream Schools, and to the end of Year 14 in special schools, living in, or registered with, a GP in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
New referrals will be accepted up until the child’s 18th birthday.

Who is appropriate to refer?
Children who present with, or are being investigated for:
•    Neurological  conditions
•    Neuro developmental conditions
•    Neuromuscular conditions
•    Delays in achieving their movement and physical skills, or appear to be achieving them in an unusual way.
•    Congenital and acquired disabilities   
•    Children with a medical condition that results in the main presenting problem being developmental delay e.g. Hypermobility, osteogenesis imperfecta, Achondroplasia.
•    Working in partnership with specialist services, children requiring an episode of physiotherapy in the community e.g., burns, ABI, post meningitis

•    For those children meeting the Wheelchair Services criteria, assessment and prescription of a standard wheelchair or buggy
•    Children being discharged from hospital with a newly acquired condition requiring equipment to assist with activities of daily living.

And which result in difficulties in one or more of the following areas:
•    Movement skills
•    Fine motor skills
•    Activities of Daily Living

Who is not appropriate to refer?
Where the primary diagnosis or difficulty relates to:
•    Obesity management
•    ME/CF
•     A respiratory condition
•    A Musculo Skeletal or orthopaedic condition
•    A rheumatology condition
•    Pain management
•    Hypermobility
•    Emotional and behavioural difficulties
•    The need for assessment and provision of equipment or adaptations in school/nursery or home.

In addition, referrals will not be accepted for:
•    Assessment or treatment relating to the CAMHS autism assessment pathway
•    A child who has received a diagnosis of ASD via the ASDAT and for whom the main reason for referral relates to challenging behavioural needs.
•    Children who present with sensory difficulties related to eating and drinking
•    The purpose of submission of therapy advice and guidance for children as part of their Education and Healthcare Plan. To ensure up to date information about a child’s needs is submitted, this information will be provided only for children who are receiving therapy when their EHCP is being produced.

How to refer?
Paediatricians and GPs can make direct referrals.  All other referrals need to be made on the Therapy Referral Form.

Who can refer?
•    The child’s GP or Paediatrician
•    Health Visitors, School Nurses, Children’s Community Nursing Team
•    SENCOs

Inclusion details

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Staff SEND experience

Services delivered by the Child Development Centre are specialist services solely for children with SEND. Clinicians have a range of professional skills to support assessment and intervention for children with SEND and have relevant professional registration.

Support at key transition points

Clinicians will provide relevant information to support a child at key transition points – at times this may involve attending relevant multi-professional meetings/planning sessions.

Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints

Complaints can be made to the PALS Service at Derriford Hospital 0845 155 8188 ext 52153

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