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Child and young people nursing scholarship launched  

A joint £1000 nursing scholarship linked to improving the care of children and young people in the community setting has been announced by national charity for sick children WellChild and the Association of British Paediatric Nurses.

The scheme is open to ABPN members holding a RSCN/RN child qualification or on a programme of study leading to RSCN/RN child qualification. Applicants should focus on an aspect of the nursing care for a child or young person with complex health care needs within their home and community setting and considering the whole family. Submissions should be received by 10 September 2010.

Successful applicants will be required to publish an article in the ABPN Journal of Child Health Care and present a paper at a national conference. Full details and how to apply can be found on the ABPN website.

WellChild and ABPN are delighted to announce this first award, which will be made on as a means of furthering their shared objectives of improving nursing care at home and supported by community services for children and young people with complex healthcare needs.

Director of programmes for WellChild Linda Partridge said: “WellChild and the ABPN share a common aim of advancing the field of children’s and young people’s nurses. Through this joint nursing scholarship we hope to further this shared aim and in particular to advance the cause of children and young people to be cared for at home. We look forward to receiving high quality applications.”

WellChild funds WellChild Nurses to care for children and young people with long term complex health conditions, supports research on a range of child health issues and provides practical help through its Helping Hands programme. Since 2008 WellChild has been campaigning, in conjunction with the Royal College of Nursing, through the Better at Home Campaign which calls on government to give all children and young people with long term health needs the chance to be cared for at home. 

The campaign has received overwhelming and widespread support from over 80 parliamentarians, senior nurses, leading professionals and key stakeholders in children’s healthcare from the statutory and voluntary sectors.

The WellChild Nurses programme was established to address a clear gap in the provision of care and support for children and young people with long-term serious illness and complex conditions. WellChild Nurses provide the support needed to allow these children and young people to be cared for at home.

The programme began as a pilot in 2006, the success of which has resulted in the creation of permanent posts in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cambridge, Cumbria, Liverpool, London and Oxford. Further nurses will be added to the team in 2010 in Ayrshire and Arran and Mid and West Wales. WellChild has recently launched the WellChild Nurse Appeal – Reach Out for Sick Children which will enable more nurse posts to be funded across the UK

A key objective of the Association of British Paediatric Nurses is to promote the art and science of children and young people’s nursing, and to provide facilities for nurses to further their education, skills, and personal and professional development in caring for the needs of sick and well children and young people and their families.

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