The Child Development Centre of Apollo Gleneagles Hospital (CDC, AGH), India’s first Child Development Centre incorporate healthcare set up has become a reality with Dr. Anjan Bhattacharya’s sheer determination. This is a unique service development in the Indian scenario, the impact of which now reverberates throughout the nation with positive impact for children with EBD [Educational/Emotional, Behavioral and Developmental] problems, which constitute 1 in 4 to 1 in 6 children throughout the globe*. His pioneering spirits have broken through the traditional hurdles in this field of science, setting international standards as benchmarks in India in this topic. It is known as Child Development Centre, Apollo Multispeciality Hospital, Kolkata now. Dr. Anjan Bhattacharya has worked in Newham University Hospital and Newham Primary Care Trust, London as a Developmental Paediatrician. He worked for 12 years in the UK in Paediatrics. He has skills in assessing children’s mental development using Griffiths tool and Bayleys III Scale for Infants and Toddlers. He uses the Gold Standard diagnostic evaluation of children with Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule [ADOS-2] and Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised [ADI - R] techniques. His ADOS skills are recently updated, where he led a team of five (including himself) to be trained in the latest ADOS2, which can diagnose Autism, post infancy, from Oxford, the UK by Dr. Carol Stott. Once again, he has taken up work in the UK as Locum Consultant in Developmental Paediatrics, starting at St. Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, UK. He is a Royal College RCPCH, UK examiner for MRCPCH UK and DCH, UK examinations. He has been the Host Examiner for MRCPCH, UK Final Examinations for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK. He is also an Honorary Affiliate Tutor and Course Co-ordinator of Sydney Child Health Program [Formerly DCH/IPPC Course] of Sydney University Australia. He is the ex-head of the Post Graduate DNB Program of AGH, Kolkata, and DNB Centre Appraiser of NBE, New Delhi. He worked as an international medical expert in a medicolegal case involving childhood disability in Singapore. He has written textbook chapters on the topic in India. He was an office-bearer of three chapters of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, nationally and WBAP in the state. His pioneering Kolkata Development Model is currently gaining momentum as one of the most effective universal solutions for Early Detection and Early Intervention Practice Standards globally! In London Pediatric Conference, he refines the model in his keynote address. His EACD poster co-authored with the head of Rare Care, Europe, Dr. Liesbeth Siderius included his Kolkata Developmental Model in her work***. Dr. Anjan Bhattacharya was invited as a guest lecturer for the 2018 annual conference for RCPCH, UK (a rare honor) as the sole invited guest lecturer from India to this prestigious academic conference to talk about “Development Paediatrics in the 21st Century” sharing the podium with the then and the current Presidents of the Royal College. He was also a keynote address speaker at the Paris International Conference in 2018 and in London in 2019, where he led a team of five from his team as speakers from India. * Citation: Bhattacharya A (2014) The Next Decade in Diagnostic Medicine Belong to Screening and Early Detection for Early Intervention. General Med 2:e107. DOI: 10.4172/2327-5146.1000e107 ** Veronica Schiariti, Louise C. Mâsse, Alarcos Cieza, Anne F. Klassen, Karen Sauve, Robert Armstrong, and Maureen O'Donnell. Toward the Development of the International Classification of Functioning Core Sets for Children With Cerebral Palsy: A Global Expert Survey. J Child Neurol published online 21 February 2013. DOI: 10.1177/0883073813475481. http://jcn.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/02/21/0883073813475481 *** Anjan Bhattacharya. “Relevance of the Universal Practice Model for Early Detection and Early Intervention in Children with Special Needs - The Kolkata Development Model”. EC Paediatrics 8.9 (2019).
Dr. Anjan Bhattacharya's expertise was recognized internationally by the WHO (World Health Organization) whereupon he participated in the collaborative globally pioneering research of WHO on the core standard setting of ICF (International Classification on Functioning) in children, using Cerebral Palsy (CP) as its pioneering model**. He followed this up by organizing International Training in India in December 2013 and a globally pioneering validation study is presented at the EACD (European Academy of Childhood Disability) annual conference in Stockholm in June 2016. Dr. Bhattacharya brings this standard to his Indian Centre at CDC, AMHL, Kolkata. His team of multidisciplinary professionals has consistently produced scientific presentations at the European Academy of Childhood Disability since 2017 till date. Recently, he led a collaborative multicentric international study with Queensland University, Australia on Community Based Early Detection using GM tool with 98% accuracy by 3 months of postnatal age and effectivity of Community Based Early Intervention in CP, called LEAP-CP Study.