Community nurses

What is the role of the children’s community nurse?

The service is provided by a multi-skilled team of registered nurses, giving clinical care, advice, support and education to families and school staff, children and young people up to the age of 19 years old, with chronic health conditions.

The team work in partnership with parents and carers, education teams, children’s community nurses, continuing care, social care and the wider multi-professional team to enable children and young people to access the curriculum.

Do the nurses have contact with other professionals who see my child?

Yes. We liaise with paediatricians locally and at specialist centres, professionals within MCH, including Tissue Viability, phlebotomy and therapists, and other outside agencies, such as social care and schools, to provide a holistic approach to the care of the children and young people.

Do the Nurses provide training?

We provide training to parents, carers, education staff, respite provision and voluntary agencies in the management of children with a variety of medical conditions and clinical interventions required as a consequence of them.

What is the role of nurses in schools and nurseries?

We are not based in schools or nurseries, but provide specialist nursing advice to support to them in relation to individual children on our caseload with long term health conditions.

We also give advice to schools in the management of children with asthma/wheeze and specialist continence advice. (Children with continence issues should initially be assessed and advised by the Public Health nursing team).

What is a Care Plan?

We support schools in developing individual health care plans to meet the health care needs of children and young people with long term health conditions.

Do you offer family support?

Yes. We act as an advocate and provide advice and support to families meeting their children’s health care needs. We are responsible for sign-posting to and referring to specialist services as necessary, sourcing relevant information, liaising with and when appropriate taking the Lead Professional role in conjunction with the family and other health care professionals.

Learning disability nurses

What is the role of the learning disability nurse?

The service is provided by a multi-skilled team of registered learning disability nurses. We give advice and support to children and young people aged 3-19 years old with learning disabilities and educate families and school staff. We particularly specialise in the areas of sleep, behaviour and continence. The team work in partnership with parents and carers, education teams, children’s community nurses, continuing care, social care and the wider multi-professional team.

We liaise with other agencies and signpost to other services including therapists and paediatricians within our service. We also provide a holistic approach to the care of the children and young people.

What is the role of the learning disability nurse in Learning Disability schools?

We are not based in schools, but provide specialist nursing support to Dane Court, Bradfields and Rivermead schools.

We work closely with the children’s community nurses to give advice on medical aspects within a child’s health care plan.

What is a Care Plan?

We develop individual care plans with the school to meet the health care needs of children and young people through a process of assessment, planning, implementing care and evaluation of outcomes.

Do the Nurses provide training?

We provide training to parents, carers, education staff, respite provision and voluntary agencies in a variety of clinical interventions specific to individual care plans, to include rescue medication (buccal midazolam/rectal diazepam), asthma, epilepsy awareness and the management of anaphylaxis (Epipen).

Do the nurses run clinics?

Yes. We hold regular clinics to review children’s continence needs.

Do you offer family support?

Yes. We act as an advocate and provide advice and support to families meeting their children’s health care needs. They are responsible for sign-posting to and referring to specialist services as necessary, sourcing relevant information, liaising with and when appropriate taking the Lead Professional role in conjunction with the family and other health care professionals.

Special schools

What is the role of the nurse in a special school?

The service is provided by a multi-skilled team of registered nurses. We advise, support and educate families and school staff, children and young people aged 3-19 years old, with learning disabilities and associated additional health care needs within the special school setting. The team work in partnership with parents and carers, education teams, children’s community nurses, continuing care, social care and the wider multi-professional team to enable children and young people to access the curriculum.

 

We liaise with other agencies and signposting to other services including therapists and Paediatricians within our service. We also provide a holistic approach to the care of the children and young people at school.

My child has complex needs - will I meet a nurse before my child starts at the school?

Yes. We will make a joint visit to your home with the school staff, before your child starts school.

What is a Care Plan?

We develop individual care plans with the school to meet the health care needs of children and young people through a process of assessment, planning, implementing care and evaluation of outcomes.

Do the Nurses provide training?

We provide training to parents, carers, education staff, respite provision and voluntary agencies in a variety of clinical interventions specific to individual care plans, to include, administration of medicines, enteral feeding, rescue medication (buccal midazolam/rectal diazepam), asthma, epilepsy awareness, oxygen therapy, suction, and the management of anaphylaxis (Epipen).

Do the nurses run clinics?

Yes. We work in partnership with dieticians to coordinate health care clinics held within the special school setting in order to ensure that children and young people spend as little time as possible attending appointments outside the school setting. We also invite parents to clinics in school at least once a year to review all of their child’s health needs and medications.

Do you offer family support?

Yes. We act as an advocate and provide advice and support to families meeting their children’s health care needs. They are responsible for sign-posting to and referring to specialist services as necessary, sourcing relevant information, liaising with and when appropriate taking the Lead Professional role in conjunction with the family and other health care professionals.