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Campaign to treat more sick children at home

Children’s charity WellChild has launched a joint campaign with the RCN calling for improved care for children and young people with long-term care needs.

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.

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  • Resources need to be available in the acute setting to allow nursing staff the time and space to support the teaching and assessing of parents to allow them to feel comfortable and confident to take their child home

    However, this is not just an issue about nursing. Resources need to be available to enable adaptation to the home evironment particularly for the child with chronic/complex needs and a multi-disciplinary approach to clearly outline whose role and responsibility these issues are. This is a comon source of delay in my experience and keeps children hospitalised longer than they need to be

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