Home from home support for seriously ill children

News: WellChild suite training demo

Vital support for seriously ill children and their families is being transformed thanks to a unique project between Oxleas and national charity, WellChild.

Our Greenwich and Bexley Children’s Community Nursing teams are working closely with the families and carers of seriously ill children with complex needs to support them in giving care at home.

The training is provided via the WellChild Better at Home training suite at Bostall House, Goldie Leigh – which simulates a home-from-home space where parents and carers can learn the often life-saving interventions needed by their child in a safe environment.

Set up like a child’s bedroom, our suite is based in the community in the offices of the Children’s Continuing care and Children’s Special Schools Nursing Team. The aim of clinical skills training for parents and carers is to supportively nurture their competence and confidence in caring for their child, thus supporting early discharge from hospital and preventing hospital readmission.

Great out of hospital care

Becks Mortimer, Head of Nursing for our children and young people’s services, said: “The difference this suite will make to patients is absolutely huge – we want to support our children with complex health needs to spend as short a time in hospital as possible and provide great out of hospital care.”

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Published on 30th November 2022