Children's Services - a brief overview

STATEMENT ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY PAEDIATRIC SERVICES DURING COVID-19

Integrated Community Paediatric Services (ICPS) are working under the risk assessment framework developed with West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT), our governing Trust. 

Our service provision from September onwards is guided by NHS England (NHSE) and Public Health England (PHE) and developed in collaboration with leads from health, education and social care.

The status of our services is that we are ‘In Recovery’ However there are still a number of constraints that are affecting service delivery:

  • We are offering a Virtual First model of care to limit face to face activity to that which is deemed essential to ensure clinically effective assessment and treatment is delivered
  • Criteria for essential face to face activity varies within the ICPS services
  • Audiology assessment must be carried out face to face
  • Some speech and language therapy cannot effectively be delivered with masks
  • Virtual appointments  may continue to be more appropriate in some services where social distancing cannot be assured
  • Access to our venues such as clinics and children’s centres is restricted
  • We are currently only offering the level of face to face activity that is safe to provide from our main service bases
  • Clinics and staff numbers in main service bases are limited by the risk assessments we have carried out
  • This means there is reduced capacity
  • In schools we are working within clear risk assessments that are school specific and adhering to the Trust risk assessment frameworks and NHSE/PHE guidelines
  • This includes NHS personal protective equipment policy and guidance
  • We are liaising with mainstream and special schools to agree how interventions will be offered safely to meet the needs of the children and the setting. 

Integrated Community Paediatric Services (ICPS) consist of six core services, and three additional services. 

We primarily support children and young people (0 to 18/19 years) with medical, developmental, neuro-disabling and cognitive disabilities and longer term health conditions. 

More information about the individual services is given on the "Our Services" page, and information about making referrals to our services is in the "Referrals" section. In most cases referrals need to come from a healthcare, social service or education professional.

ICPS Leaflets are available to be downloaded for all of our core services. 

These include information about what we do, where we see children and families, what to expect when they come for an appointment, along with contact details for all the services. 

There are also leaflets about our additional services, i.e. Child & Family Psychology Service, Suffolk Communications Aid Resource Centre and Therapy Focus Suffolk.

Our services include:

  • Medical
  • Audiology
  • Specialist Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Child & Family Psychology Service
  • SCARC
  • Therapy Focus Suffolk


To find out about support for children who have special educational needs and disabilities, which is called the Local Offer - click here. If you need more help contact the Local Offer Advisor at Suffolk County Council on 0345 606 1490. or email - LocalOffer@suffolk.gov.uk

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