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Children's Community Nursing Team (CCNT)

The Children's Community Nursing service (CCNT) at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, provides direct nursing care, advice and education on caring for children.

The Children's Community Nursing service (CCNT) at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, provides direct nursing care to children and education for families and other professionals to allow the children to be safely nursed in other environments. The service provides liaison between agencies and support to families with children with a medical or nursing need.

The team provides support for children with long term illnesses

Hospice care for children is a part of the broader, palliative care approach for children with life limiting conditions.

A "life limiting condition" is described as one where there is no reasonable hope of cure and from which children and young people will die.

This includes some conditions that cause progressive deterioration, some conditions that will lead to premature death, and some conditions that are not progressive conditions, but which are irreversible, cause severe disability and susceptibility to health complications, leading to a likelihood of premature death.

Age range covered by the service

Presently the service provides care for children aged between 0 -16 in full-time education, 19 years if they fit the special needs criteria. However the 16 -18 year olds attending school, (Not college or in the work place) are currently being discussed.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility for the service is to have an acute or chronic health need, requiring a nursing intervention. Having a disability is not a direct referral criterion unless there is a need for one of the above service provider actions.

Routes of referral

Referrals are accepted from all avenues. Local and regional hospitals other professionals, for children fitting the above criteria that live within the Borough of South Tyneside with a local GP.

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