Conditions in scope

We might see children or young people in Devon who have:

  • Breathing/airway difficulties
  • Compromised mobility
  • Eating and drinking difficulty
  • Complex continence problems
  • Sleeping disorders caused by a medical condition
  • Personal care/skin problems
  • Seizures

How can we help?

We are a skilled team of specialist community children’s nurses and we provide a wide range of nursing and extended nursing roles. We facilitate the promotion of health needs and the delivery of medical care and treatments for children with complex health needs.

By working with children and young people within their usual environment, we are able to reduce the number of hospital stays/visits. This helps towards ensuring that the child or young person has access to the same care opportunities as those without additional needs.

For children and young people with complex health needs who require hospital admission, liaison with the community nursing team will ensure that the child or young person is admitted for as short a period of time as possible.

The Children’s Community Nursing Service are active members of the palliative care pathway for children and young people. We facilitate the provision of appropriate nursing care to meet the complex healthcare needs of children and young people on this pathway.

See also: Palliative Care and Specialist School Nursing

What happens next?

Referrals are reviewed by the team leaders and if accepted, allocation to a children’s community nurse is usually made very quickly for most referrals.