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Children's Community Nursing (CCN) Southampton

The Children's Community Nursing Team are a team of Paediatric Nurses with specialist skills and experience in nursing children and young people at home, as well as in other community settings. Their aim is to support families in order to minimise disruption to family life - so prompting the psychological and emotional well being of the child and family/carer. This includes children recovering from surgery or trauma, children with certain chronic illnesses and some children with long-term complex disabilities who are dependent on health care technology.

For children with complex health needs including life limiting and/or threatening conditions, the team also includes a Social Worker, a Psychotherapist and a Health Care Assistant providing crisis respite. These services are offered to the child and their immediate family.

Symptom management is also offered, including advance care planning and palliative care.

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Referral criteria

Referrals must meet one of the following criteria:

  • The client group will be children from 0-18 years of age with an identified nursing need, registered with a GP in Southampton City PCT, The New Forest (excluding Ringwood and Fordingbridge), Eastleigh Southern Parishes (excluding Eastleigh North) and Test Valley South including Romsey.
  • Young people in specialist educational placements supported by a statement will also receive a service up to transition into adult services at age 19 years.

Referrals are accepted from:

  • GP's and other professionals
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Other Health Trusts
  • Schools
  • Social Services
  • Parents / Carers
  • Voluntary Agencies
  • Self referrals (children with life limiting/threatening conditions seeking non-nursing support)

Please telephone the Community Children's Nursing Team to provide the team with initial details about the child and confirm they meet the criteria. You will be provided with a referral form to complete and return.

Full service description

The Community Children’s Nursing (CCN) Service can provide specialist paediatric nursing care for children at home with nursing needs. This includes those recovering from surgery or trauma, children with certain chronic illnesses and some children with long-term complex disabilities who are dependent on health care technology.

The aim of the service is to provide a high quality home paediatric nursing service. Objectives include early, safe, planned discharge for children with complex health care needs and the reduction in frequency and length of stay in hospital for children with ongoing treatment.

The nurses undertake practical nursing care in partnership with children and parents/carers. They also provide education and support for the family whilst maintaining close liaison with the hospital, GP's and Primary Health Care Team.

For children with complex health needs including life limiting and/or threatening conditions, the team also includes a Social Worker, who can provide assistance and advice on:

  • Financial matters including benefits and charity applications
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Charity applications including funding and wishes
  • Holidays
  • Respite

Crisis respite is sometimes offered to these families from a trained health care assistant.

The team's Psychotherapist can offer support relating to:

  • Pre and post bereavement
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis

The Psychotherapist is able to work with the child, their parents/carers and/or their siblings.

Symptom management is also offered, including advance care planning and palliative care.

Other information & documentation

The CCN team work closely with the Children's Asthma Team, Children's Diabetes Team, Children's Outreach Assessment and Support Team and Transition for Children with Complex Health Needs and Long Term Conditions.

Contact Information

02380 540031

02380 528299

Adelaide Health Centre, 2nd Floor, William MacLeod Way, Southampton, SO16 4XE

Opening hours

  • Monday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Special Notice
There is also a 24 hour answerphone. Messages left after 4pm will be dealt with at 8.30am the following day. If you do leave a message, please give your name, address and telephone number along with a short message.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

pals@solent.nhs.uk

 0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005.

The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.

Email: InformationGovernanceTeam@solent.nhs.uk

Phone: 0300 123 3919

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
Southampton
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at:

communications@solent.nhs.uk 

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.