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Proposals outline role of childrens' nurses

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All nurses who work with children will play active roles in improving the quality of care for children and young people with long term health needs, suggest government proposals outlined today.

Launching the consultation on The National Framework for Assessing Children’s Continuing Care, the Department of Health said it aims to create a ‘tailor made package of care’ for each child or young person who requires extended care due to disability, accident or illness.

Healthcare professionals from the NHS, schools and social services will work together to assess a child’s long-term care needs based on the same set of criteria across the country, and to support parents and carers in managing their child’s care needs at home or in schools.

Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said: ‘It is important that there is greater transparency around how decisions about a child’s care are made. This framework will ensure that all children who may need continuing care are assessed against the same criteria wherever they live.

‘The framework will also ensure that the child and their family are kept at the heart of this process,’ he added.

The consultation period for the framework runs until 31 December 2008.

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