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People who may help you - Health


This page of the website gives you some more information about the people who may become involved in supporting you and your child.

We have included key people who may help you but there may be others not included on the page.

If you feel we have missed someone, please get in touch using the Feedback button below.

Community Nurse

I work with patients with a range of complex needs who may find it difficult to easily visit the hospital. I can do this by visiting patients in their home but also work from clinics and health centres. I am a registered nurse and work with other services from health and social care like GPs and social workers to meet a person’s needs. This might be to treat a person’s health or can sometimes be to prevent a health problem from happening.

Community Paediatrician 

I am a specialist doctor in children’s behavioural disorders, childhood disability and complex care. I work with schools, health professionals like school nurses, Children and Young People’s Services from the local authority and parents to help children who are struggling to access school. I will see children with things like autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Down Syndrome, behaviour problems or any type of disability and can diagnose childhood deafness.


I am a family doctor and the main point of contact for general healthcare in the NHS. I may be the same person a child or young person may see each time they visit the doctors or one of a team of GPs at a doctors surgery that can help them. I usually see people from when they are small to being and adult to help make sure all of the physical, psychological and social aspects of their health are met. I can give advice about general medicine and also refer people to hospital or specialist services for treatment and care.

Health Visitor

I am a qualified and registered nurse who works with children aged 0 to 5 years old and their families to help make sure children get the best start in life. Working with parents, I look at parenting skills, their home situation and what the developmental needs of the child may be and can give advice about what help may be needed. This can be from other health services or the wider community as well as local authority. I can help with information on feeding, behaviour and development needs of a child as well as lots of other things.

Occupational Therapist (OT)

I work with children and young people with additional needs to help them overcome any problems they may have because of a condition they have. It could be causing problems mentally, physically, developmentally, socially or emotionally in taking part in daily tasks. I work with other health services, parents and professionals to help maintain or improve the skills they may have, and I focus on tasks that are important to the child or young person to be able to do.

You can find out more about sessions run by the Occupational Therapy Team by clicking here. 

Physiotherapist or Physio

I help children and young people with physical difficulties improve their movement and manage any pain so they can carry out daily tasks. I do this using exercise, manual therapy and education as well as advice. I work with other health services, parents and professionals to do this.

You can find out more about the Physiotherapy Team

Speech and Language Therapist (SALT)

I can provide treatment support and care for children and young people who have problems with communication or with eating, drinking and swallowing. I work with other health services like occupational therapists and nurses as well as teachers and parents to do this. My team work with children and young people that have been referred to them for help but can also offer help through drop in and training sessions.

You can find out more about the Speech and Language Therapy Team click here and for details of drop in and training sessions visit and

Last reviewed: 04/09/2019