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Benefits to ill and disabled children in the community highlighted

28th March 2011

The critical role community nurses play in ensuring ill and disabled children get tailored care and support, was set out today by Public Health Minister Anne Milton as she published a new report aimed at helping commissioners and providers improve services.

Speaking at the first National Conference on Child Health in the Community in Telford, Ms Milton outlined the Government’s commitment to providing greater support to ill and disabled children and their families. The Minister also set out how the report, “NHS at Home: Community Children’s Nursing Services should help improve awareness of the key role community children’s nurses play.

Anne Milton said:

"Every child should have access to care and services according to their unique needs. Facing major treatment, disability or long-term illness can be stressful and fearful for both children and their families - but particularly at a young age. At a time like this children want their families close by.

“For too long, services have been organised to fit the convenience of the system. An improved health service will put the best interests of the patient first - that is why we are modernising the NHS.

“Community children’s nurses are often the people that make that happen and the key role they play must be recognised when looking at commissioning and providing services.  We want to make sure that can happen everywhere, whenever it’s necessary.”

The publication will also go some way towards meeting the vision for choice outlined in the document that accompanied the NHS White Paper, ‘Achieving Equity and Excellence for Children’. This vision is that children receive care that enables them to be at home with their families as much as possible and treatment that will enable them to lead as normal a life as possible.

NHS at Home: Community Children’s Nursing Services, shares the key messages important in securing a comprehensive, safe and sustainable local service and gives examples of local services already providing aspects of this.

 

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