NHS Cleft Teams

What is the Cleft Lip and Palate Service?

The NHS Cleft Lip and Palate Service provides specialist support and clinical care to people with cleft lip and/or palate and their families from diagnosis to adulthood. Adult patients who have received surgery in the past may return for further treatment at any age. Psychological support and genetic counselling is also available for families of people with cleft lip and/or palate.

The model for the Cleft Services in the UK are ‘hub’ hospitals supported by ‘spoke’ clinics in local centres.

There are 9 Cleft Services around the UK. Within these, there are individual Cleft Units (or Cleft Centres) within hospitals which are staffed by Cleft Teams. These teams of cleft specialists are sometimes called ‘Multidisciplinary Teams’ or ‘MDT’s, which simply means there are a number of specialists from different disciplines (e.g. plastic surgery, dentistry, psychology) all working together.

For example, the North Thames Cleft Service covers both the Cleft Unit in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and the Cleft Unit in Broomfield Hospital in Essex, and it is supported by clinics in these hospitals as well as others around the area. Depending on your location, your local clinic may be in the same place as your Cleft Team.

A Cleft Team should be made up of the following cleft specialists:

  • Lead Cleft Surgeon
  • Lead Paediatric Anaesthetist
  • Lead Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry
  • Lead Consultant Orthodontist
  • Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
  • Lead Consultant Paediatrician
  • Lead Consultant ENT (Ear,Nose & Throat) Surgeon and/or Audiological Physician / Paediatric Audiologist
  • Lead Consultant/Clinical Nurse Specialist (sometimes called a ‘Cleft Nurse’)
  • Lead Clinical Psychologist
  • Lead Consultant Restorative Dentist
  • Lead Consultant Clinical Geneticist

The specialists in each team, as well as where they are based and what they do, will vary from place to place.

Contacting a Cleft Team

Like most NHS specialist services, Cleft Teams usually need a referral from another service like a GP or midwife in order to take on new patients.

Newly diagnosed babies, and expectant parents who have just received a diagnosis, should be referred to their nearest Cleft Team very quickly, usually within 24 hours.

Older children with a late diagnosis of cleft palate may get a referral from their GP.

Adults or anyone who has left the service will usually need to get a referral from their GP or dentist for further specialist treatment. More information.

NHS Cleft Services and Teams

Cleft Net East

Covering the East of England Region.

Addenbrookes Hospital

Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ   View Map

Troy Pullen (Cleft Team Co-ordinator)   T: 01223 596 092 or Email troy.pullen@addenbrookes.nhs.uk


North Thames Cleft Service

Based in the South East of England. The Service is hosted jointly by Great Ormond Street Hospital and Broomfield Hospital.

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Great Ormond Street , WC1N 3JH   View Map

Kirsty-Anne Jasper (Cleft Service Co-ordinator)   T: 020 7829 7922 or Email kirsty-anne.jasper@gosh.nhs.uk

St. Andrew’s Centre, Broomfield Hospital

East Wing, Broomfield Hospital, Court Road, Chelmsford CM1 7ET   View Map

Karen Wilson (Cleft Coordinator)   T: 01245 516 201 or Email to karen.wilson@meht.nhs.uk


Northern and Yorkshire Cleft Service

Covering the North East of England Region.

Leeds General Infirmary

Great George Street, Leeds   View Map

Ms Andrea Nye (Cleft Co-ordinator)   T: 0113 3925115 

Royal Victoria Infirmary

Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne   View Map

Stacey Marley (Cleft Coordinator)   T: 0191 2820750 or email Stacey.Marley@nuth.nhs.uk


Northern Ireland Cleft Service

Covering the Northern Ireland Region.

Royal Victoria Hospital

Falls Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland   View Map

Pamela Foster (Cleft Lip & Palate Co-ordinator)   T: 028 9024 0503


Northwest England, Isle of Man, North Wales Cleft Service

Covering the North West of England and the north of the Wales Region.

Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool

Eaton Road, Liverpool , Merseyside, L12 2AP   View Map

Miss Hannah Lawless (Cleft Unit Co-ordinator)   T: 0151 252 5209 or Email Hannah.lawless@alderhey.nhs.uk

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Oxford road, Manchester   View Map

Ms Claire Richardson (Cleft Team Co-ordinator)   T: 0161 701 9091 or Email claire.richardson@cmft.nhs.uk


Scottish Cleft Service

Covering all of Scotland.

Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow

1345 Govan Road, GLASGOW   View Map

Erin Ward (Cleft Service Coordinator)   T: 0141 451 6730 Email: Erin.Ward@ggc.scot.nhs.uk


South Thames Cleft Service

Based in the South East of England, covers families south of the Thames river.

St Thomas Hospital

1st Floor, South Wing, St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7EH   View Map

Luke Thomas (Assistant Service Manager)   T: 020 7188 1321 or Email cleftservices@gstt.nhs.uk


South Wales South West Managed Clinical Network

Covers south Wales and the South West of England Region.

Bristol Dental Hospital

South West Cleft Service, Bristol Dental Hospital, Lower Maudlin Street, BRISTOL   View Map

Ms Lesley Sanders ((Cleft Team Co-ordinator))   T: 0117 342 1177 email: lesley.sanders@uhbristol.nhs.uk

Morriston Hospital, Swansea

Morriston, Swansea, SA6 6NL   View Map

Ms Andrea Thomas (Cleft Team Co-ordinator)   T: 01792 703 810 email: andrea.thomas4@wales.nhs.uk


Spires Cleft Service

Covers much of south central England, with Salisbury in the South West and Oxford in the South East of England Regions.

Mr Stephen Robinson (Clinical Director)   T: 02392 286099 or Email stephen.robinson@salisbury.nhs.uk

Salisbury District Hospital

Salisbury, Wiltshire   View Map

Ms Mary-Ann Brewer (Cleft Service Co-ordinator (Salisbury))   T: 01722 345 521 or Email mary-ann.brewer@salisbury.nhs.uk

The John Radcliffe, Oxford

Headley Way, Headington, Oxford   View Map

Mr Steven Berry (Service Co-ordinator (Oxford))   T: 01865 234252 or Email steven.berry@ouh.nhs.uk


Trent Cleft Service

Based in the Central England Region.

Nottingham City Hospital

City Hospital Campus, Hucknall Road , Nottingham , NG5 1PB   View Map

Cleft Team   T: 0115 9691169 & ask for the cleft team


West Midlands Cleft Service

Based in the Central England Region.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital (Under 16s)

Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6NH   View Map

Email cleft.services@bch.nhs.uk

Telephone: 0121 333 8235

Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Over 16s)

Mindelsohn Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2GW View Map

Email cleft.services@bch.nhs.uk

Telephone: 0121 627 2000


Non-UK Cleft Services

Republic of Ireland

For help and support in the Republic of Ireland, contact CLAPA Ireland.

Children’s University Hospital

Temple Street, Dublin 1

Ms Anne McGillivary (Cleft & Craniofacial Service Manager)   T: 00 353 1 8784882/ 00 353 879888725 Email: anne.mcgillivary@cuh.ie

Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12, IRELAND   View Map

Laura Duggan (Cleft Coordinator)   T: 00 353 1 4162832

St James’s Hospital

Temple Street , Dublin 1, Republic of Ireland

Ms Laura Duggan (Cleft Coordinator)   T: 00 353 1 4162832

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