NHS Cleft Teams

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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.

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. These centres are supported by local cleft clinics around the region.

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.

Find Your Cleft Team


1. Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow

National Cleft Surgical Service for Scotland

Royal Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow

1345 Govan Road, GLASGOW, G51 4TF   View Map

To discuss clinical care or appointments (including if you are an adult wishing to explore additional treatment) please contact:

Cleft Service Coordinator T: 0141 451 6730 E-mail: [email protected]

Adults looking for an assessment can email either [email protected]

If you are a professional involved in Cleft Care in Scotland and would like to link with others working in the area,  Cleft Care Scotland is the Managed Clinical Network for those working in cleft.

Northern Ireland

2. Royal Belfast Children’s Hospital for Sick Children

Northern Ireland Cleft Service

Adjacent to Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

Falls Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland   View Map

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

England & Wales

3. Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Northern & Yorkshire Cleft Service

Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne   View Map

Stacey Marley (Cleft Coordinator)   T: 0191 2820750 or email [email protected]

4. Leeds General Infirmary

Northern & Yorkshire Cleft Service

Great George Street, Leeds   View Map

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

5. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool

Northwest England, Isle of Man and North Wales Cleft Service

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

Elizabeth Mors (Cleft Pathway Co-ordinator)   T: 0151 252 5209 or Email [email protected]


Sandra McCosh (Cleft Pathway Co-ordinator)   T: 0151 293 3685 or Email [email protected]


6. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Northwest England, Isle of Man and North Wales Cleft Service

Oxford Road, Manchester   View Map

Ms Claire Richardson (Cleft Team Co-ordinator)   T: 0161 701 9091 or Email [email protected]


7. Nottingham City Hospital

Trent Cleft Service

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

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

8. Birmingham Children’s Hospital

West Midlands Cleft Service

Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6NH   View Map

Email [email protected]

Telephone: 0121 333 8235

Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Over 16s)

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

Email [email protected]

Telephone: 0121 627 2000

9. Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Cleft Net East

Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ   View Map

Tiffany Eagling (Cleft Team Co-ordinator)   T: 01223 596 272

Email: [email protected]

10. Morriston Hospital, Swansea

The Welsh Centre for Cleft Lip and Palate

Morriston, Swansea, SA6 6NL   View Map

T: 0117 3421177

Email: [email protected]

11. University of Bristol Dental Hospital

South West Cleft Service

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

Admin (Cleft Team Admin)
T: 01792 703810

[email protected] 

12. Salisbury District Hospital

Spires Cleft Service

Salisbury, Wiltshire   View Map

Cleft Service Co-ordinator (Salisbury)   T: 01722 345 521 

13. John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Spires Cleft Service

Headley Way, Headington, Oxford   View Map

Mr Steven Berry (Service Co-ordinator (Oxford))   T: 01865 234252 or Email [email protected]

14. Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

North Thames Cleft Service

Great Ormond Street, LONDON WC1N 3JH   View Map

Martina Drozd (Cleft Secretary) or Shahena Mumin (Cleft Secretary)   T: 020 7829 7922 or Email [email protected]

15. Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London

The Evelina Centre for Cleft Lip and Palate

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 [email protected]

16. Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford

North Thames Cleft Service

St Andrew’s Centr

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

Karen Wilson (Cleft Coordinator)   T: 01245 516 201 or Email to [email protected]

17. The Royal Dental London Hospital, London

Turner St, London E1 1FR  View Map

Email to [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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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