Children's Health and Social Care

General introduction to Children’s Health and Social Care Services


Health services can be accessed in different ways and there are Universal Services, Specialised services and others.  Universal services, are also known as primary care and are met by NHS providers; these are universally available to all.  Examples of a universal services include GP, Dental and health visiting.

Some health care services can only be accessed by an assessment or referral from a health or social care professional, these are known as Specialised Services and/or Targeted services.  Examples include speech and language therapy, Occupational therapy.

Not all health services can be provided in the Isles of Scilly and can be accessed in Cornwall.  Our health services are provided by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and some voluntary and community sector organisations.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) provides child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and specialist children’s services, including speech and language therapy, community nursing services and learning disability services.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) provide acute care and hospital services, and Community Paediatrician and some community services.

Social Care services are provided by the Council of the Isles of Scilly.


Further information


NHS Kernow

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

Council of the Isles of Scilly

NHS Handi app


The Handi app has been developed by paediatric consultants, it's full of advice on common childhood illnesses and advises on the best course of action whether to treat at home, make a GP appointment, or head to A&E - check your child's symptoms with Handi app.

Available from the Android or Apple app store.

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