Specialty Community Paediatrics is a new and expanding arm of the paediatric service provided within the public health system of Trinidad and Tobago. A good community paediatrician recognises that there are several forces such as social, spiritual and cultural beliefs that impact favourably and unfavourably on the child’s health and functioning. He/she uses all of the community’s resources in collaboration with other professionals and agencies to achieve optimal care.
Under the United Kingdom health system, Specialty Community Paediatrics covers six (6) core areas of care: developmental paediatrics, medicals for education, child protection, looked after children or children in foster care, health promotion and general paediatrics. In Trinidad and Tobago, mandatory medicals for looked after children are not yet the norm; this is an area that needs greater attention as we improve services.