The Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched a new project focused on helping community nurses to support young people with long-term conditions during the transition from paediatric to adult services.
Queen’s Nurse Candice Pellett will lead the two-year project, which is funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.
Ms Pellett has recently completed key reports for the QNI on the causes of delayed discharge and the importance of the specialist district nursing qualification.
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The institute noted that making the transition from a structured and supportive paediatric environment to adult services can be a “bewildering and distressing experience” for young people.
It added that there was currently a limited evidence base around the importance and risks of the transition period, particularly in primary and community care, even though this was where the majority of the healthcare took place.
“Nurses have a pivotal role to play in supporting young people to transition smoothly”
The QNI said the project was seeking to deliver a “comprehensive programme to support community nurses in their uniquely important role in this area”.
It will assess the needs of primary and community nurses, decide on the most appropriate resources and learning materials for them and develop and test a transition of care pathway.
Ms Pellett said: “The project has really struck a chord with colleagues that I have met, mostly from a professional perspective but sometimes from personal experience of being a patient.
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“Nurses have a pivotal role to play in supporting young people to transition smoothly between paediatric and adult services, and this new project will enable them to do this more effectively,” she said.
She added: “During the first phase of the project we will be circulating a questionnaire to collect nurses’ views and experiences. We will also be arranging focus groups in several regional areas over the coming months.”
Nurses who would like to be involved and have input in the work can contact Ms Pellett via email at Candice.Pellett@qni.org.uk or call 020 7549 1402