The Better at Home Campaign is calling for more support for affected families through greater funding for community children’s nurses.
RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘It is unacceptable that children suffering from long term conditions are stuck in hospital when they can be cared for at home with their family around them.
‘We want the government to invest more in community children’s nurses and provide the necessary resources so that no child is stuck unnecessarily in hospital,’ he said. ‘Health and social services also need to work more closely together and look at why this is happening and how it can be addressed.’
The WellChild charity has for the past three years funded a small number of children’s nurse positions around the UK, where they work to bridge the gap between hospital and home.
‘We encounter numerous examples of children staying in hospital longer than necessary causing undue stress to the whole family,’ said charity chief executive Kedge Martin.