Dr Mireille Formosa is a Consultant Paediatrician with an interest in Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics. She graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University of Malta in 1999, following which she started paediatric training. She moved to the UK and started working in the NHS in 2005. She completed her paediatric training and received a Completion of training certificate (CCT) in General Paediatrics in the UK in 2011. She started her first job as a Consultant Paediatrician at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in February of the same year.
This job entailed acute hospital paediatrics, neonates, safeguarding and community neurodevelopmental paediatrics. As time went by, she developed an interest in the latter and increased her commitment to community neurodevelopment paediatrics in 2015.
Her current role in the NHS includes developmental assessments on children of varying ages, care of children and young people with neurodisability, moderate to severe learning difficulties, genetic conditions and complex health problems impacting on their development. She is actively involved in assessments for ASD and in the assessment and management of children with ADHD. She is also involved in the care of Looked After and Adopted children. She provides medical advice for the purposes of statutory assessments of children's educational and healthcare needs. She is vigilant towards maltreatment of children and young people and maintains an active role in safeguarding. She is also regularly involved in teaching of medical students, medical and nursing staff and other professionals supporting children and young people.
Dr Formosa continues to do regular acute paediatric hospital clinics at the Royal Lancaster infirmary, where she manages children and young people presenting with a variety of physical health symptoms and signs e.g. children with respiratory problems, kidney problems, epilepsy, poor growth etc. She feels that her hospital role has been really helpful to continue to manage any child or young person she has the opportunity to help, holistically.
During her years as a consultant she has developed an interest in ASD and is currently the Paediatric Autism lead for her Trust. She was also actively involved in developing a pathway for autism for children and young people in North Lancashire. She is currently part of the Multiagency Autism Strategy group in North Lancashire. She is also a Cygnet parent and professional instructor. These are Barnardos support programs that help increase understanding of autistic spectrum conditions and develop strategies how to deal with certain difficulties and behaviours. In addition, she has trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2 (ADOS-2).
Furthermore, Dr Formosa has an interest in the mental health of children and young people. She is a mental health champion in her Trust and is part of the Children and Young People Mental Health network. She has also trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Dr Formosa is part of the team to assess and manage children and young people with ADHD in North Lancashire. She has expertise in the assessment and management of ADHD and related conditions in children and young people.
Dr Formosa is passionate about the care of children and young people and is a keen believer that children and their families have the right to timely, high quality care, advice and support for as long as it is needed.
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