Our team and their roles – Community Paediatrics and Looked After Children’s Team in St Helens

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Our team consists of a number of different skilled and experienced practitioners.

These include:

The Advanced Nurse Practitioner is a specialist nurse with additional qualifications and experience in children’s nursing.

They will coordinate the triage of new referrals, offer clinical assessments and liaise with other members of the team to support the coordination of care.

Our Community Paediatricians, with the support of Speciality Doctors and the Advanced Nurse Practitioner provide medical assessment and care for the children and young people referred to the service, where the expertise of a doctor is required.

They will work closely with the wider members of the team involved in the assessment, diagnosis and support of each child, and also with other teams eg Speech and Language Therapists and CAMHS. Our Community Paediatricians provide clinical oversight of the service.

Our Specialist Nurses and their support workers will carry out assessments to support families and carers with the management of medically-related behaviour problems.

They may also provide strategies for families to implement at home. Where appropriate, they will liaise with other agencies who offer parenting support as well as supporting Health Visitors and School Nurses in relation to behaviour management.

There is a Looked after Nurse who will carry out health assessments for children who are ‘looked after’ or in care, who are in the local independent schools and those ranging in age from 16-18 who are not in education or training.

Part of their role is also supporting children in their transition from childhood to adulthood up until the age of 19.

There are also two Specialist Nurses for Looked after Children.  Their roles include the following:

  • Completing health assessments
  • Co-ordination of health care including new into care medicals
  • Quality Assurance of Medicals, Adoption Medicals and Review Health Assessments
  • Advice to social care and health colleagues
  • Training to social care and health colleagues
  • Operational meetings to improve health input
  • Attendance at the Emotional Wellbeing Panel
  • Attendance at the Children in Care Council
  • Subject specific meetings e.g. Leaving Care Passports
  • Introduction of systems to improve health input (e.g. Drug and Alcohol Screening Tool/ improved system for foster carer health reports)
  • Liaison with health colleagues in areas where St Helens children are placed
  • Dissemination of information within Bridgewater

The team also work closely with providers of other services in the borough (eg Education, Local Authority, charities and our fellow health professionals)

Our admin team support the doctors and nurses to organise the service and ensure it runs smoothly. If you ring our office our friendly admin team will do their best to help you.

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