Case Number 4647
Request Date 29/02/2016
Completion Date 22/03/2016

 

Details of the Request

1. The total number of children and young people diagnosed with cerebral palsy by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust within each of the last five years.

2. The total working-time equivalent (WTE) number of specialist staff employed by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from the following disciplines, trained to work with children and young people with cerebral palsy:

  1. Paediatric speech and language therapists
  2. Paediatric physiotherapists
  3. Paediatric occupational therapists

3. The total working-time equivalent (WTE) number of:

  1. Health visitors
  2. Specialist health visitors for children with special needs

employed by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

4. A copy of your care pathway for children and young people with cerebral palsy.

5. A copy of your service framework for children and young people with cerebral palsy.

6. Whether there is a specific timescale set out in your care pathway for referral for diagnosis of cerebral palsy, from the point of the formal identification of symptoms.

7. An overview of training and advice provided by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for health professionals on identifying and referring children with cerebral palsy.

 

Details of the Response

1. The total number of children and young people diagnosed with cerebral palsy by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust within each of the last five years.

In the main, cerebral palsy is a diagnosis made after detailed assessment in the community.

The Trust does not hold the data on the number who are diagnosed in an outpatient setting at the Trust although there is a clear pathway for referral into a neurodevelopmental clinic for high risk babies from the neonatal unit and early signs of cerebral palsy may be picked up there. Additional a very small number (perhaps three over ten years) are picked up in clinic following GP referral for abnormal gait or delayed milestones.

 

2. The total working-time equivalent (WTE) number of specialist staff employed by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from the following disciplines, trained to work with children and young people with cerebral palsy:

  1. Paediatric speech and language therapists - 0
  2. Paediatric physiotherapists - 0
  3. Paediatric occupational therapists - 0

 

3. The total working-time equivalent (WTE) number of:

  1. Health visitors - 0
  2. Specialist health visitors for children with special needs - 0

employed by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

 

4. A copy of your care pathway for children and young people with cerebral palsy.

This is managed by Virgin Care (Community), patients are referred to White Lodge.

 

5. A copy of your service framework for children and young people with cerebral palsy.

See answer to question 4 above.

 

6. Whether there is a specific timescale set out in your care pathway for referral for diagnosis of cerebral palsy, from the point of the formal identification of symptoms.

See answer to question 4 above.

 

7. An overview of training and advice provided by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for health professionals on identifying and referring children with cerebral palsy.

See answer to question 4 above.