South East London parent or guardian
Meet #YourPrimaryCare Team
Welcome to your primary care team. As the first point of contact in the healthcare system, think of us as the ‘front door’ of the NHS. Children often have complex needs that a general practitioner alone cannot address, by using a range of health professionals you and your child will receive the best help and support available, as soon as possible. This includes your general practitioners, practice nurses, and a range of other professionals.
If you call or book an appointment with your local surgery or GP, your child may be seen by someone else first. This is because they’re the best person to initially help you, and can refer you to other specialists if you need it.
General Practitioner (GP)
Care coordinators connect with children and their families or carers to discuss how best to support you, such as what services are available to support you or your child’s needs. A care coordinator may be allocated to your child if they present with an identified developing condition or disability which is impacting on or has the potential to significantly impact upon their long term development and / or function.
Care coordinators work with nurseries/schools, GPs, health visitors, doctors, preschools, and other health professionals. They will link in with other agencies involved in your child’s development to ensure the best wraparound care is given to your child at all times.
Social Prescribing Link Worker
Social prescribing link workers connect patients, and their parents or carers, with non-medical support to improve well-being. Children suffering from long-term conditions, mental health issues, loneliness, or have complex social needs are seen by link workers to improve their well-being. By providing access to local activities such as exercise, arts and crafts, group learning, and friend-making sessions, link workers aim to improve your child’s overall wellbeing, and will review their progress and improvement.
Social prescribing link workers can also help you, as a parent, if you need advice or are struggling with any long-term conditions, mental health issues, have complex social needs, supporting both your own wellbeing and helping you to be the best parent you can be, even if you are facing these challenges.