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Cheyne Child Development Service (Chelsea & Westminster Hospital)

The work of the Cheyne Child Development Service consists of the identification, assessment, investigation and support of children with long term neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodisabilities, working within a multidisciplinary team, liaising with primary and acute health care, networked with a range of tertiary care, and other agencies as appropriate.

Many children and young people within this group have complex medical conditions. In addition to their primary neurological condition, many have a variety of secondary associated problems requiring medical management, e.g. gastro-oesophageal reflux, seizures, constipation.

The core team consists of Paediatricians, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Music Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

The service aims to ensure that an individual child or young person’s neurodevelopmental needs are established and addressed, that appropriate programmes of intervention are made and that their needs are clearly communicated to families, carers and the multiagency services.

The Cheyne Child Development Service is part of the Community Paediatric service based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. It provides to a specific geographic area from resource bases at Doughty House Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and at Parkview Health Centre in W12 and at Jack Tizard special school.

Other services provided by community paediatrics include those for;

  • Child public health services for vulnerable children and families including: safeguarding, child protection, ‘looked after’ children, adoption & fostering

You can find the Referral form for the Cheyne Child Development Service on the Downloads section. 

Who to contact

 020 3315 6488

You might also be interested in:

Prospectus for Children's Health Services

The Family Friendly Framework

British Academy for Childhood Disability Guidelines

Where to go

Cheyne Child Development Service, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
SW10 9NH

Other Details


Age Ranges
0 - 18 years

Local Offer

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Who is this service available to?

The service is available to children and young people aged 0-18 who have a GP in the Hammersmith & Fulham area and in the south of Kensington & Chelsea or Westminster areas. Children with a wide range of conditions are included within this service area:

  • physical disability - e.g. cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy;
  • intellectual disability – learning difficulties (mild, moderate, severe and complex), in relation to investigation of aetiology (the cause or origin of a condition) and support of comorbidities (other co-existing conditions) ;
  • neurodevelopmental disorders e.g. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, language and communication disorders.
  • impairments of special senses – hearing and vision impairment;
  • acquired disorders
How do you access this service?

This service is categorised as a specialist service.

Children and young people (CYP) are referred into the service by health service professionals including GPs, health visitors, therapy teams and Paediatric hospital professionals and by multiagency professionals particularly by SENCOs, educational psychology and social workers.

New referrals are considered by the team at a weekly meeting. Multi-disciplinary assessments, single discipline assessments and interventions are arranged as appropriate.

We have changed our appointments to include some virtual consultations, using a video conference platform, Attend Anywhere.

When you are offered an appointment, a member of our team will discuss this with you.

How do we ensure the quality of this service?

The service reports quarterly on its performance and commissioners address any issues at quarterly meetings.

In addition the service carries out regular clinical audits of the service using national standards e.g. the NICE guidelines for individual conditions such as Autism, ADHD, Spasticity and other standards such as the Down Syndrome medical interest group (DSMIG).

Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Last Updated 05/02/2021

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