GOSH covers all craniofacial anomalies, hemifacial microsomia, microtia and facial palsy. Within the craniofacial and plastic surgery teams the following expertise is offered: plastic surgery, neurosurgery, maxillofacial surgery, ENT, ophthalmology, general paediatrics, anaesthetics, orthodontics, genetics, hand surgery, neurology, radiology, psychology, social work, speech therapy, and sleep medicine/home ventilation. All care is coordinated by 2 full-time nurse specialists, dedicated to craniofacial anomalies.
GOSH contributes, via the 4 unit model, to the leadership and planning of craniofacial care on a national level and are involved in developing national guidelines and standards of care in close collaboration with the patient and families' society "Headlines". On an international level outcome standards are being developed in ICHOM: cleft lip/palate is completed, craniofacial microsomia is in development and craniosynostosis is scheduled for next year.
As one of the NHS designated centres the team works in close liaison with patients' local paediatricians and general practitioners to supply "joined-up" care.
The team offers an annual formal fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery, with many of the graduating fellows going on to full independent craniofacial practice. The unit also routinely offers teaching for medical students, neurosurgical and plastic surgery residents, pediatricians, nurses and allied health professionals.
Team members participate in the European Society of Craniofacial Surgery and the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, as well as specialty specific groups such as Plastic Surgical and Neurosurgical Societies.
Research is an integrated part of care and this is done in close collaboration with all team members within the center, and there are strong academic links with partner units in Erasmus Rotterdam, Sick Kids Toronto, Boston Childrens Hospital, Alder Hey, Oxford and Birmingham Children's Hospitals.
The unit has an international reputation in clinical and academic craniofacial surgery and prioritises advances that bring a real benefit to patients.
** Members of CRANIO Network Board: Greg James and Neil Bulstrode