A children’s charity has announced its commitment to funding new transition nursing posts to support young people in need, in partnership with the NHS.
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity is inviting trusts across the NHS to apply for up to five Roald Dahl specialist transition nursing posts to help address the growing need to provide support for young people moving to adult healthcare services.
“Transition from child to adult healthcare services can have a considerable impact on the young person and the entire family”
The specialist posts are part of a drive to fill the gap in transition of care provision and will help improve health outcomes for young people with chronic life-long conditions, noted the charity.
Applications are expected to be band 7 to 8 or equivalent and will need to be fully supported by each trusts’ chief nurse or head of children’s nursing and are welcome until the end of March.
The charity has already established four nursing posts in this area, across different NHS trusts and said it will continue to develop transition services, as part of its strategy to lead the way in facilitating these roles.
For the trusts that take up the opportunity of the new posts, the charity have vowed to work closely with them to ensure the appointed applicants bring about “real change for families at the heart of their care”.
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity was set up over 25 years ago by Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl and today has over 70 Roald Dahl nurses caring for over 21,000 seriously ill children across the UK.
“The nursing professionals we appoint help to ‘bridge the gap’ by helping the young person navigate a system that can be frightening to face alone”
Nursing positions under the charity are permanent and are funded by it for two years, on the condition that the NHS trust commits to funding for another three years.
Typically, the posts continue to be funded by the trust for many years, as they become “invaluable” to the organisation and the families involved, noted the charity.
Those appointed in the new transition posts will be offered the ‘Roald Dahl Professional Development Package’ which gives access to training and development to all Roald Dahl nurses, to support their service-delivery and personal and professional development.
Sophie Dziwinski, head of programmes at the charity and who manages the Roald Dahl Nursing programme, sees commitment to this strategy as “life-changing for the families who will benefit from the posts”.
She said: “Every nurse within our marvellous community of healthcare professionals brings specialist skills, dedication and determination to deliver the best possible healthcare.”
The charity believes that every seriously ill child should have a specialist nurse and receive equal access to and the best quality care.
Ms Dziwinski explained how it has been a “great privilege” to witness first-hand, the difference having a dedicated nurse can make to a family caring for a seriously ill child.
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“Transition from child to adult healthcare services can have a considerable impact on the young person and the entire family, who are already having to manage their serious health condition and deal with the challenges of being a teenager,” she said.
“The nursing professionals we appoint help to ‘bridge the gap’ by helping the young person navigate a system that can be frightening to face alone,” she added.
“Our decision to fund up to five posts each year for the next two years means that the charity’s aim is to make as much impact as possible to help many more young people with long-term conditions who need and deserve more support,” said Ms Dziwinski.
As part of the terms of engagement for the new posts, the charity will receive regular reports on the work of the posts during the first two years and regularly thereafter to form part of a wider evaluation project being undertaken by the charity in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.
This also supports the charity’s commitment to ensuring the value of specialist nursing posts is demonstrated for the charity’s funders and the NHS, noted the charity.