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Solent NHS Trust nurse recognised by national charity for supporting adolescents transitioning to adulthood

Karina Redfern, a nurse at Solent NHS Trust has been recognised by the Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity by being selected as one of their Roald Dahl Nurse Specialists for her contributions to Transition services.

Roald Dahl (RD) nurses are trained and dedicated experts in their specialisms. They provide support for children and families living with some of the most serious and complex health conditions in the UK. The dedication and expertise of Roald Dahl Nurses reduces visits to Emergency Departments, and in turn, hospital admissions, and consultant appointments.

Karina, Transition Nurse Specialist, supports children as they transition from child to adult healthcare services. A transition specialist nurse will work with early teens to 25-year-olds solely on this area, creating pathways for them to follow as they move through the system, supporting them clinically and emotionally.

Karina admits: “There are so many benefits to being a RD Nurse. A big one is the Marvellous Family Support Service which offers financial support, family workshops and emotional support to families. It’s also great to be in a community of like-minded inspirational nurses that are advocating for the best care for their patients and families. It allows us to problem solve together, use each other’s resources and learn from one another to ensure that those people we care for have the best possible health outcomes, and remain well and independent throughout their lives.”

Angela Anderson, Chief of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, at Solent NHS Trust, adds: “We’re incredibly proud that Karina has been recognised for her efforts by the Roald Dahl Charity. As the first in Solent, it raises awareness for the vital work that Karina does and highlights the support that the charity provides for the families. We look forward to seeing how this partnership makes a positive difference to our patients in the future.”

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