Health Visitors and school nurses
The Peterborough Health Visiting Service is a universal health service for all children aged 0-5 years and their parents/carers. Working closely with the school nursing service for school-age children, health visitors aim to optimise health and promote learning through well-being and inclusion.
The Peterborough School Nursing Service offers the Healthy Child Programme. It is available to all children and aims to ensure that every child gets the start they need to lay the foundations for a healthy life.
Physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapists provide speech and language therapy
to children and young people who have speech, language and communication needs and feeding difficulties. Resources on Speech and Language Therapy can be found on the Talking Point website.
Paediatric Physiotherapists work with children presenting with general developmental delay, disorder of movement or disability due to any diagnosis, or illness for which physiotherapy intervention is indicated.
Health Occupational Therapists work with children and young people with specific challenges in achieving skills and abilities needed to live a meaningful life.
Social Care Occupational Therapists
If you are a parent or guardian of a child or young person with a physical or learning disability, then occupational therapy in the community can help you.
Occupational therapy staff can give you advice and information on activities of daily living, moving and handling issues, seating at home, housing needs and provide assistive equipment and adaptations to overcome some of the challenges you may experience.
Please download, complete and return the Children's Occupational Therapy Referral Form to the address provided on the application form for an occupational therapy assessment of your child's needs, which will be reviewed.
Childrens Community Nurses
Children's Community Nurses provide nursing to children with complex needs at home.
They provide care for children and young people from 0-16 years old who:
- need acute short-term interventions to enable them to be cared for at home
- have complex healthcare needs/long-term conditions requiring nursing support/intervention
- require palliative and end-of-life care
The Community Paediatric Service assesses and manages children (0-18 years) who live in Peterborough city or north Cambridgeshire who have significant problems with development and or disability. The service is based at the Peterborough Child Development Centre
The service accepts referrals for children, young people and families, who are registered with a GP within the Cambridgeshire CCG.
This includes, but is not exclusive to:
- Physical disability including sensory impairment
- Developmental delay/learning disability
- Social communication difficulties including autism
- Looked after children for Statutory Health Assessments
The service is accessed through referral from Early Support Pathway and Early Help Pathway.