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Child development centre

Our service offers a multi-professional approach to the assessment and treatment of pre-school children with a variety of developmental needs within Poole, Bournemouth and parts of Dorset.  We aim to offer a family focused service that provides a safe and child friendly environment.  We work with parents to plan and deliver care, which will enable their children to fulfil their potential.


We also host school aged clinics for children with possible neurodevelopmental conditions.  

Further information about referring children to the Child Development Centre (CDC) can be found here.


Child Development Centre - Our Philosophy

The team at the Child Development Centre will:-


  • Provide a safe, child friendly environment in which they will undertake expert team assessments and therapy for children whose needs cannot be met in the community.
  • Work with parents to plan and deliver therapeutic intervention which will enable their children to fulfil their potential
  • Acknowledge families' individual circumstances, share and provide relevent information and allow informed choice.
  • Ensure that children are treated with tact and understanding and that their dignity and privacy is respected at all times, with every possible steps taken to minimise emotional and physical distress.
  • Work in partnership with other agencies so that children have equal access to opportunities and experiences in their community.

Who's Who

Consultant Community/ Neurodevelopmental Paediatricians

Dr Sarah Morris

Dr Jo Renshaw

Dr Janet Kelsall

Dr Naeem Mughal

Dr Del Howard

Dr Nicole Guppy


Staff and Associate Specialist Paediatricians

Dr Ros Plumpton

Dr Rachel Lachlan

Dr Vinod Dandawate

Dr Laura Ahmed

Dr Jo Frost


Speech and Language Therapists

Ext 2020

Michelle Bohill

Bryony Toombs

Susan King- Assistant

Aly Stimson- Assistant


Children's Therapy Services (Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists)

Ext 2936

Karina Parish, Occupational Therapist &Team Lead

Occupational Therapists (OT)

Jamie Cardell

Jan Cavolina

Lyndsay Court

Susan Griffiths, ASD Lead

Alannah Pasokhy-Holmes

Becca Shelton

Angela Storey 


Physiotherapists (PT)

Tanya Forster, Neonatal Lead

Lucy James

Hannah Miles

Kat Richards

Pam Mintern

Natalie O'Connor

Elsa Smith

Sarah Lund


Therapy Assistants

Lynette Evans

Marika Rolt



Developmental Play Coordinator

Ext 2014

Caroline Fawcett

Holly Barnes

Tracey Fordham

Music therapist

Matthew Sturgeon

Safeguarding children

Ext 8312

Lynne Lourence

Dr Nicole Guppy

Elizabeth Moss (administrator)


Reception and support staff

CDC Reception 0300 019 2011

Linda Soper (queries for pre-school paediatricians - Dr Morris, Dr Howard & Dr McEwan 0300 019 3034)

Elizabeth Moss (queries for school-aged paediatrician - Dr Morris and Safeguarding - 0300 019 2382 )

Sally Booker (queries for school-aged paediatrician - Dr Kelsall, Dr Guppy 0300 019 8305)

Dee Bristow (queries for school age paediatrican - Dr Mughal and Dr Renshaw 0300 019 8037)

Children's Therapy Admin support  and appointments 0300 019 2121

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Our doctors

Use the links below to find out more about our senior doctors:

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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