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Islington Community Paediatric Dietetic Service

Islington

Whittington Health Islington Community Paediatric Dietetics service promotes nutritional wellbeing by assessing, diagnosing and treating diet and nutrition-related problems and providing practical and safe advice based on current scientific evidence.

Children’s dietitians assess nutritional requirements, food intake and growth in times of health and disease and tailor advice in line with the child’s age, treatment and medical condition. 


Eligibility criteria

Inclusions

Children and young people aged up to 18 years who are registered with a GP in Islington and need dietetics support, including for:

  • Non IgE cows milk protein allergy (delayed response)
  • Selective eating with one or more of the following:
    • Nutritional deficiency diagnosed through blood analysis 
    • Additional complex needs such as Autism  
    • Faltering growth or underweight BMI with evidence of growth history on referral 
    • Has attended the families for life or family kitchen programme, but referrer still has significant concern 
    • Unable to attend families for life or family kitchen programme for an understandable reason e.g. language and communication barriers, IT limitations such as no wifi
  • Faltering growth
  • Oral nutrition support (i.e. supplements)
  • Enteral tube feeding (i.e. nasogastric feeding or gastrostomy feeding)
  • Weight management from birth to four years with one or more of the following:
    • Has attended the families for life or family kitchen programme, but referrer still has significant concern 
    • Unable to attend families for life or family kitchen programme for an understandable reason e.g. language and communication barriers, IT limitations such as no wifi

Exclusions

  • Weaning difficulties: refer to health visitor
  • IgE allergy (immediate response) refer to Whittington Hospital allergy team, see allergy pathway
  • Weight management over four years refer to Healthy Living Nutritionist
  • Referrals for general fussy eating and weight management should be sent to one of the below avenues:
    • Islington Families for life and Family Kitchen Programme. This is a group-based initiative for fussy feeders as well as overweight children aged 2-11. 
    • For those under two years, their health visitor can be another port of contact
    • Weight management over four years should be sent to the Islington Healthy Living Nutritionist alongside families for life referral

How to refer

EMIS form

Referral methods: EMIS managed referral

A referral form can be found in ISL EMIS under
ISL global documents > ISL Referral Forms V1 > Additional Needs Health Service

Email the form

e: whh-tr.islchildrensreferrals@nhs.net


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Review date: Wednesday, 03 May 2023