Dr Sameena Shakoor
Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician
MA Hon Physidogical sciences, MBBS, MRCPCH/FRCPCH
"I enjoy working at The Spire Hospital as the staff are very accommodating and caring about my young clients and their parents."
I have been working in the South West Kent area in the NHS and privately since 1998, when I took up my first Consultant Paediatrics post, and in which I still practice. I provide paediatric assessments and reviews of disabled children at a Special School which is predominantly for children with physical disabilities. I am the locality lead for Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments, and training of junior doctors.
I see children and young people who may have behavioural/ emotional presentations to assess them for possible underlying causes including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit and/ or Hyperactivity Disorders. I am trained in using the Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales assessment for assessing the development of young children.
I have seen many hundreds of children with neurodevelopmental presentations, neurodisabled children and behavioural difficulties.
I qualified in Oxford University and University College London Medical Schools. My special interests are neurodisability and neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit and/ or Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder, for which I have received specialist training, including doing developmental assessments, DISCO and ADOS for ASD assessments.
I have held executive offices as the Regional Co-ordinator for the British Association of Community Child Health and British Association of Childhood Disability. I represent the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the Paediatric Continence Forum, a Parliamentary lobbying group.
I have held the Clinical Lead and Director roles in the NHS Trust in which I work currently, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust.
I am the Designated Doctor for Safeguarding for DGS and West Kent CCGs. I am also the elected South Regional representative for the National Network for Designated Health Professionals (NNDHP)
Children who have cognitive problems, possible Developmental Co-ordination Disorders (dyspraxia) or only sensory processing problems can present with behaviour difficulties at home or school.
I am happy to see them for an initial assessment to rule out medical paediatric problems. However if the only reason for assessment is learning/ cognitive problems, possible Developmental Co-ordination Disorder or sensory processing problems you may be better off seeing an educational psychologist (for learning issues) or occupational therapist (sensory and co-ordination) in the first instance. Similarly if you are only concerned about a child's speech and language, see a speech therapist first. I would see them after that if required to rule out a neurodevelopmental cause for the problems.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Sameena Shakoor at Spire include:
MA Hon (Oxon) MBBS MRCP FRCPCH / Oxford University and University College London Hospital / 1986
MA in Physiological Sciences (Oxford University) and Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, London
A Hon - Masters Oxford University Medical school. MBBS -given to physicians on completion of training
British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD)
Membership of Royal College of Physicians (Paediatrics) (Collegiate Member) (MRCP)
Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH)
British Association of Community Child Health (BACCH)
I was Clinical Director of Community Paediatrics in North and West Kent 2008-2013 (NHS)