Community Paediatrics

About the Service


Following the Government announcement of a further lockdown, please be aware that clinical and virtual appointments are unaffected. If you have an appointment with the service, it will still take place.

The Community Paediatrics team continues to support the local NHS response to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the majority of our work, we cannot see patients and families face to face but continue to offer support through telephone consultations and in some cases video consultations. Where possible we will contact you ahead of time by letter, text message with the date and time of the appointment but sometimes the paediatrician may call without prior notice.

We will continue:

Autism Assessments have restarted.

The majority of our ASD assessments are being undertaken as virtual video based assessments with the Multidisciplinary team. This means you and your child or young person can be seen at home via video link. A clinician will contact you in advance of an appointment to discuss the process and how the assessment will be carried out on the day. This way of working is in line with national and international expert guidance, and ensures our families and staff are kept safe. In addition this model of working is helping the team ensure that children, young people and their families can receive support based on their individual needs. Virtual assessments have already helped us to reduce the time it is currently taking to review and assess each individual.

When your child or young person is nearing the top of the waiting list, we would be grateful if you and/or the school setting where appropriate could complete and return all the forms which we will send. The forms will typically be sent by email.

If your child’s needs have changed and you no longer require an assessment appointment, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the appointment to another family. You can contact the ASD Administration team by emailing If your child is under the care of the East and North Hertfordshire Paediatricians, based at Lister or QEII Hospital, please email

Whilst you are waiting for an assessment appointment, we suggest you review the information available from the Hertfordshire County Council Local Offer. The Local Offer includes a range of materials, bookable courses and workshops which can provide invaluable guidance on supporting your child or young person, both before and after their assessment. The Local Offer website is

There are an increased number of workshops for parents, carers and families awaiting ASD assessment. You can find the dates and details for the workshops by accessing the Local Offer website link.

Making a Referral for ASD Assessment: Please see "Making a Referral" section below. Updated referral forms and guidance are now live.

Contact us:

If you need to contact the service please email using or call the referral hub on 01923 470680

If you have a query regarding your child or young person’s autism assessment and they are under the care of the West Hertfordshire Paediatricians, please email

If your child is under the care of the East and North Hertfordshire Paediatricians, based at Lister or QEII Hospital, please email

Please remember also to look on the website pages under Useful Information for further advice and support.

Professionals’ referrals to Community Paediatrics are through DXS and SystmOne as usual.

Advice and Guidance is available through the Electronic Referral System (ERS).


The Children’s Community Paediatrics Team consists of paediatricians who provide high quality specialist care in the assessment of developmental disorders and disability. The service provides statutory health assessments of looked after children and input for children with complex health care needs. Other services provided are leadership responsibility for SEND, safeguarding and looked after children.

This website is designed to give you an insight into the care that the team provides and what you should expect from this service.

Whether you’re visiting us for diagnosis and/or treatment, our team of specialists are here to support you. Please use the links on this site to find out more about what we do and how to access our services.

Who are Community Paediatricians?

Community Paediatricians are doctors who have specific expertise in assessing children with neurodevelopmental difficulties such as delayed development, ADHD, ASD, Various Syndromes etc.

Why has my child been referred to Community Paediatrician?

We do not accept referrals without informed parental consent. We expect that your child’s referrer will have discussed the reasons for referral with you before sending through documentation to us. If you are unsure why your child has been referred please contact the person who made the referral for clarification.

Why would my child need to be seen by a Community Paediatrician?

Where do Community Paediatricians work?

We work as part of a wider child development team which includes occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, and have close links with preschool educational advisers.

The child development teams are based at one of the three Children’s Centres:

Peace Children’s Centre, Watford
Marlowes Health and Wellbeing Centre, Hemel Hempstead
St Albans Child Development Centre, St Albans

We may sometimes also see your child in their nursery or school. We also work closely with heath visitors, school nurses, community children’s nurses, audiology, social care, nurseries and schools, hospital paediatricians, and children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services.

Contact the Service

Tel: 01923 470600 (Peace Children's Centre, Watford)
Tel: 01727 891100 (St Albans Children's Centre, St Albans)
Tel: 01442 275683 (The Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead)

How the Service is provided

Who is eligible for this Service

What will happen at your appointment

Useful information

Making a referral

Patient Experience