Area of expertise: adoption and fostering, looked after children
Dr Wickramasinghe has worked as a community children's doctor in a senior role for the past eight years. Her focus is predominantly with looked after children and young people.
She routinely practices developmental clinical work and is on the senior rota for child protection. She is particularly interested in listening to children's views and experiences and how their behaviours communicate this within clinical practice.
Her main role is as medical adviser to Lambeth children's social care services. This involves:
- assessing and advising on health needs holistically for children who are in the process of adoption or other permanence options
- medically counselling prospective adopters
- delivering training to adopters, foster carers and social care staff.
She has a duty to provide advice relating to the potential impact on children of adult health profiles for all substitute carers for Lambeth and liaises closely with GP colleagues in this area.
She also sits on Lambeth's adoption and permanence panel and works closely with social care colleagues to fulfil the role. The service is dynamic and responsive to the frequent changes in statutory requirements relating to adoption.