A neurodisability paediatrician is a clinician who specialises in the management of children and young people with disabilities resulting from congenital or acquired long-term conditions.
These problems are generally due to impairment in the nervous or musculoskeletal systems and can be static or progressive in nature.
Although they are involved in the diagnosing, the neurodisability paediatrician’s emphasis is in managing the complex comorbidities seen, targeting the patients’ rehabilitation and enablement. While working closely with local teams in the hospital and community (such as genetics, neurology, community paediatrics, surgical specialties and palliative care, as well as NGO's and education and social services), they often provide specialist regional advice in a model of shared care.
At a tertiary level, neurodisability paediatricians have developed specialist skills within the neurosciences. This includes in the assessment of motor and neurobehavioural disorders (e.g. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism), and neurorehabilitation, and they often subspecialise in one or more of these areas.
There are a number of overlaps with community child health, paediatric neurology, and general paediatrics with a special interest in medical complexity; the following table highlights the difference between some of these specialties. Please view this comparison table to see the main similarities and differences between these specialties.
Paediatric Neurodisability Diploma
This BACD endorsed Paediatric Disability Distance Learning Course includes twelve subject units, delivered in four clinical modules, covering the many aspects of paediatric disability. It complements the RCPCH Paediatric Neurodisability training programme, as well as Community Child Health training for those with a particular interest in neurodisability.
Research as part of paediatric neurodisability training
For those wishing to have a greater academic and research focus during training or gain experience of clinical research in paediatric neurodisability, please contact the BACD Strategic Research Group to discuss potential opportunities for this.