Kao Park, London Rd, Harlow, Essex CM17 9NA 01279 808 230 vcl.essexwest-harlowcdc@nhs.net

Welcome to the West Essex Children’s Community Medical Team at Florence Nightingale Health Centre

The service consists of doctors who provide high quality specialist care in the following areas:

  • children with developmental difficulties or disability
  • children with autistic spectrum disorders and complex learning difficulties
  • safeguarding children
  • the impact of health problems in educational settings
  • children living in special circumstances e.g. children looked after by the local authority
  • medical input to the adoption process

More about us

The Children’s Community Medical Team (Community Paediatricians) see children with GPs in West Essex:

They work closely with Health Visitors, School Nurses, Children’s Community Nurses, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, and Physiotherapy. They also work with the Emotional Well-being and Mental Health service, social care, hospitals, GPs and Local Authority, particularly the Education Department.

Whether you’re visiting us for diagnosis and/or treatment, our team of specialists are here to support you.

Please type in your starting point in the box below to give you directions to the service location.

  • Referrals can be made by a GP, health visitor, school nurse, social worker in certain circumstances, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic and consultants from other specialities
  • Most referrals are discussed within a multi-disciplinary professionals team meeting to determine the most appropriate services to meet your child’s needs
  • Following receipt of the referral you may be asked to fill out various questionnaires in relation to your concerns about your child
  • You may be asked to provide a report from your child’s school or pre-school
  • Once we have the relevant information an appointment will be sent

Who is eligible for this service?

  • Those registered with a GP in West Essex
  • Children and Young People up to 18 years
  • Children and Young People up to 19 years in Special Schools

How will my child be seen?

  • Face to face consultations by appointment
  • Telephone consultation for some follow-up appointments

What will happen at my child’s appointment?

  • At the first appointment we meet with your child and parents/ carers. This initial assessment can take between 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Where appropriate a joint assessment with other members of the Child Development Centre team will take place. This is to provide you with a range of expertise and opinions without unnecessary duplication of your time.
  • We will take your child’s history; do a physical examination and a thorough developmental check. Depending on the likely diagnosis, further specific questions and in some cases a more formal questionnaire may be used.
  • For some children we will request further tests, including blood tests, x-rays and brain scans. We may also refer to other therapists and professionals for further diagnosis or treatment.

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Your child’s records

Any information held about your child is kept securely in a file or on electronic information systems. We use the information to:

  • Record important health and social care information
  • Help professionals to care for your child
  • Provide appropriate support and care to children, young people and families
  • Develop and improve services and measure how well we are doing

We will only share information about a child/young person with your consent unless required by law or the data is anonymised. However in some circumstances, when we feel that your child or others are at risk, we may share information without consent. More information on how we use health records.

Non-English speakers and other formats

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Our commitment to your child

Virgin Care takes your dignity and privacy very seriously and we will at all times respect your confidentiality. Please treat our staff with respect so we can provide you with the very best care we can. Click here to find out more about your rights and responsibilities.

Your opinion really matters to us

Please let us know if you have a comment, a compliment or a complaint by filling out one of our feedback forms or telling a member of the team. Alternatively, if you would like to make an official complaint you can find out more from our How to make a complaint section.


Local Offer
Have you heard of the Local Offer?  If you are a young person with, or have a child with special educational needs and disabilities, (SEND) the Local Offer is Hertfordshire’s central source of information for SEND services and support. Visit the website for an easily accessible one stop shop.

A service for families and individuals who have ADHD or Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.

The National Autistic Society
This website includes information about autism and Asperger syndrome, the NAS and its services and activities.

Contact A Family
This website provides advice, information and support for the families of disabled children. Both common and rare conditions are covered with links to support groups.

Down’s Syndrome Association
Provides information, support and advice for those with Down’s Syndrome and their families.

Dyspraxia Foundation
Information and links to local support groups.

Epilepsy Action
Provides information on many aspects of living with epilepsy. Offers a confidential helpline, written resources and emotional support.

The FASD Trust
Information and support for families and professionals for those with foetal alcohol syndrome disorders.

Family Lives
Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life, including parenting courses.

a UK-based charity for people with hemiplegia and their families.

Information about Hertfordshire children’s centres.

Information about services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs Hertfordshire

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) impartial information, advice and support service funded by Hertfordshire County Council for parents, carers, young people (0-25) and professionals.

Hope For Autism in West Herts
A local support group for families who have a child with autism.

The KIDS East and West HUB services offer information and support for parents and carers of disabled children/children with additional needs aged 0-19 in Hertfordshire.

Medicines for Children
Practical and reliable advice about giving medicine to your child.

Support group and services for learning disabled children and their families.

Free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health.

The Neuro Foundation
Information and support for those affected by Neurofibromatosis

The Dyscovery Centre
The Dyscovery centre resources page for parents and professionals who care for children with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome.

The rare chromosome disorder support group.

Information and support for families who have a child cerebral palsy.

Spectrum Girls
A social group for high functioning autistic / aspergers’ girls of all ages.

Tourettes Action
Provides support to those affected by Tourette syndrome and their families, offers telephone helpline service and information.

Find out more

I was treated with great care and understanding. The care I received was second to none; everyone was so lovely.

Sapphire Ward, Gravesham Hospital