Children’s Community Nursing Team – Halton & St Helens

What does the Children’s Community Nursing Team do?

The Children’s Community Nurse Team (CCNT) provides support to children and young people with complex health needs requiring follow-up care or treatment in the community delivered by a registered children’s nurse.

This could include:

  • Children and young people who are reliant on medical technology, such as naso-gastric feeding tube, gastrostomy, tracheostomy and ventilation.
  • Children and Young People with ‘life limiting or life threatening conditions’
  • Children/ Young people who require a package of health support to stay at home
  • Facilitate preferred place of care for the end of life for a child/young person and their family.

The Children’s Community Nursing Team can deliver training and advice to families and settings that will enable a child /young person to access their Community i.e.Nursery, School, Youth Clubs etc.

Examples of training that can be delivered include Gastrostomy care, Tracheostomy care, and administration of medication.Oral and nasal suction.


Where is the Service based?

We are based in Woodview Child Development Centre in Widnes.

The Children’s Community Nursing Team work across the boroughs of Halton and St Helen’s and are part of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust.


Who does the service provide for?

The Children’s Community Nursing Team provides support to children and young people aged 0- 19 years with complex health needs across Halton and St Helen’s.

To make a referral contact the team to discuss the service and support required.


How can I start to use the service?

To make a referral contact the Children’s Community Nursing Team to discuss the service and support required.

You can contact the team on 0151 495 5400 or fax number 0151 495 5440 between Monday and Friday between 9am and 5pm.

Referrals can be accepted from:

  • Parents/carers
  • Professionals
  • Voluntary services

Professionals making a referral will need the young person or family’s permission.

On receipt of a referral contact will be made with the family and young person within 24 hours during office hours. There are no waiting lists.


How are decisions made about who can use the service?

Children who need the service described above are likely to be eligible for this service.

For further information about a referral to the Children’s Community Nursing Team contact the service directly and speak to a children’s nurse.


How we communicate with service users and how you are involved in decision making / planning

The view of the child / young person and their carers underpins all planning and care co-ordination.

We seek the views of service users and carers with feedback forms and some facilitated Patient Partner group sessions that let us know what you think about our service.

The Children’s Community Nursing Team and work in partnership with families to develop safe packages of care for the children and young people in their home.

The team work with the hospitals, education, health services, statutory services and voluntary agencies to deliver agreed outcomes.

We routinely ask for feedback from you to see how we are doing. This may be a request for verbal feedback, or we will ask you to complete an anonymous feedback form.

Families are also requested to complete Talk to Us Forms at various stages of involvement:

TalktoUs

This information will be treated confidentially, and may be used by the team in order to improve our service.


Is the service fully accessible?

Visits can be arranged to take place at home or in a setting that fits with the child/ young person eg hospital, school etc.

Individual health care assessments and plans will be made to support delivery of safe care and to identify training needs of carers.

Access to language interpretation services can be arranged.


What training do the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have? 

All staff are fully informed about the SEND agenda.

The Children’s Community Nursing Team has specialist nurses and assistant practitioners. We work with all the services involved with a child/young person that requires an Education Healthcare Plan. All staff have enhanced CRB/DBS checks.


Our Service Promise

Children’s Community Nursing Service Promise


Who can I contact for further information?

You can contact the team on at:

The Children’s Community Nursing Team
Woodview Child Development Centre
Crow Wood Lane
Widnes
WA8 3LZ

Telephone: 0151 495 5400
Textphone: 18001 0151 495 5400
Fax: 0151 495 5440


Information sharing

In order to offer integrated, high quality services for children, all of our Childrens Services work closely with preschools, nurseries and schools.

We share information about the outcomes of assessments and the strategies recommended in order that preschools, nurseries and schools implement the same strategies on a daily basis.

We also inform preschools, nurseries and schools when a parent does not attend an appointment.

This will greatly help your child, but it you do not wish information to be shared you may withdraw your consent at any time.


Related websites

NHS at home: children’s community nursing services


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