We provide holistic care to sick children by providing nursing care in the community setting, empowering and enabling the child, family/carers' to become more competent in the management of the child's condition, thereby reducing the need for hospital admissions or enabling early discharge.
The Community Children's Nurses provide nursing care to children and young people with a life limiting, life threatening condition, complex disability, long term conditions such as asthma, eczema or constipation as well as palliative and end of life care.
We also provide:
- Direct nursing care to all children and young people aged 0 -18 years (19 years if attending a special school) in the Borough of Walsall.
- Assessment, intervention, advice and guidance to children and their families
- High levels of skilled nursing care for children with complex conditions who require medication, treatment and technology dependent care within a community setting and in specific schools in Walsall
The Community Children's Nursing teams objectives are:
- To empower and enable children and their carers to become more competent in the management of their child's condition, thereby reducing the need for hospital admissions and enabling early discharge into the community
- To be first contact point for case managed children, to co-ordinate appropriate healthcare and support, to meet the child's holistic needs
- To improve quality of life of children and young people and reduce the risk of acute episodes
- To ensure the early recognition or change of condition facilitating early interventions, providing least intensive care in the least intensive setting
- To provide ongoing preventive care and support at a time and in a venue of client choice
- To liase with hospital staff involved in care following admissions, informing them of the child's usual status and aiming to reduce length of stay
- To co-ordinate care services, delivered in the community, to meet the needs of the child and family through the Lead Professional role.
- To monitor the progress of children with long term conditions promoting the healthiest possible lifestyle and offering them and their parents/carers appropriate education about their condition.
- To provide support and information to children and their carers to facilitate the best quality of life for the child and promote early detection of change
- To act as an advocate for the needs and wishes of the child and family and work to ensure informed consent and involvement in decision making
- To give or signpost advice and information on a range of health issues, liaising with other organisations, seeking to empower and enable independence of children and their families/carers
- To contribute to the learning experience of student nurses and other healthcare professionals
- To promote and adapt partnership working with agencies external to healthcare
- To ensure that the appropriate referral pathways are made
- To deliver culturally appropriate services
- To leave written information with the family detailing the type of services that are offered and what they can expect from the service
- To support children through key stages of transition and support young people in their transition to adult services
- To provide appropriate supplies and equipment for children who are technology dependent
- To meet the needs of children, families and carers in issues surrounding end of life care, death and bereavement
The Community Children’s Nursing Service (CCNS) in Walsall provide a high quality evidence based nursing service, caring for children and young people with disabling, life limiting, life threatening, complex needs and long term health conditions. The aim is to support the holistic health, educational and social care needs of sick children, by providing nursing care in the community setting, empowering and enabling the child, family/carers' to become more competent in the management of the child's condition, thereby reducing the need for hospital admissions, enabling early discharge and providing end of life care.
The Community Children’s Nursing Service also provides nursing care to;
- children who have attended hospital for treatment of an acute illness but their nursing care can be delivered safely in the community hence reducing the length of stay in hospital.
- Children and Young People (CYP) aged 0-19 years living in Walsall who are registered with a Walsall GP.
- Children and Young People in Mary Elliot Special School, Old Hall Special School & Oakwood Special School thereby enabling CYP to access education.
The Community Children’s Nursing Service provides a nurse led clinic in the community for children with asthma, eczema & constipation.
The Community Children’s Nursing Service consists of registered sick children’s nurses; some have further qualifications in their area of speciality such as asthma diploma, independent nurse prescribing & advance nursing practice. Also Assistant Practitioners with a Nursery Nurse qualification.