Working in partnership with families, to provide nursing care to children and young people in community settings, to prevent hospitalisation.


  • Work effectively to become a cohesive and efficient team
  • Marketing of the CCN service further to team and geographical expansion, to increase the quantity and quality of referrals to the service
  • Staff development is planned and implemented to ensure the team is skilled to deliver the service.


Community Children’s Nursing - Information for Parents and Carers

9am-9pm 7 days a week (excluding Bank Holidays)

9am-5pm on Bank Holidays

When the CCN Service is unavailable please ring 111 to access GP services or use Accident & Emergency where appropiate.

In the event of an emergency ring 999

The team covers a specific set of GP practices, this includes Burton, Stretton, Rolleston, Tutbury, Hatton, Uttoxeter, Handsacre, Armitage, Yoxall, Barton, Alrewas, Fradley, Tamworth, Burntwood, Lichfield, Swadlincote, Newhall, Church Gresley, Castle Gresley and Overseal. If you are unsure if we cover your area please get in touch.

We accept referrals for children registered with GP practices within the areas we cover (please see the section above).

In addition, we also take referrals for children just across the county border, registered with GP practices in South Derbyshire.

The Team

Heather Parr.jpgQualifications

  • Registered General Nurse
  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse
  • ENB 998 – Teaching and Assessing
  • BSc (HONS) Community Health Nursing – Children's Route
  • Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescribing
  • Physical Assessment of the Ill and Injured Child and Young Person
  • General Certificate in Leadership and Management


I worked in general paediatrics at Burton Hospital for seven years before joining the team in September 1999. I took over the role of Team Leader in 2008, and continue to enjoy the challenge of meeting both clinical and managerial duties. My special interests surround benchmarking and standards, and service development.


  • Registered Nurse Dip HE – Child Branch
  • Practical Oncology Course
  • Physical Assessment of the Ill and Injured Child and Young Person
  • Pain Management Module
  • Infection Control Module
  • The Principles and Practice of Palliative and End of Life Care


I joined the team in May 2006, after working on a general paediatric ward, followed by a short period in Paediatric Intensive Care at Leicester. I have a special interest in palliative and bereavement care and act as the link within the team for this aspect of our work. I am also interested in management of acute illness and phlebotomy. 

Joanna Beard.jpgQualifications

  • Children’s Nursing – Alderhey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool
  • Mentorship
  • Diploma in tropical nursing, self-funded at Liverpool school of tropical medicine
  • Breast Feeding Advocate - Unicef


I took a gap year to India on a medical/nursing placement, working in a leprosy hospital and various community projects. My roles since qualifying as a nurse include the Neonatal unit at Wolverhampton New Cross, acting as breast feeding advocate; Paediatric Intensive Care at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, during which I did a one year secondment doing some research into Rapid, a form of wireless monitoring in partnership with McClaren; a six month secondment to Malawi and finally working as a staff nurse with the health visiting team. I joined the CCN team in July of 2018, and currently act as a link nurse for Student placements, and have an interest in education and promoting staff wellbeing.

QualificationsJodi Jones, Children's Community Nurses

  • Registered Children’s Nurse – Wolverhampton University


I am new to the Community nursing team, joining in March 2022. My previous experience is from Nottingham QMC where I worked 1 year on a high dependency surgical ward and almost 5 years on a general medical ward where I looked after patients with a variety of medical conditions including, diabetes, asthma, IBD, cystic fibrosis and other complex medical conditions.

QualificationsTrudy Purshouse, Children's Community Nurse

  • Registered Children’s Nurse – University of Wolverhampton
  • Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescribing
  • Physical Assessment of the Ill and Injured Child and Young Person
  • SLAIP Mentorship Course

I joined the team in July 2021 after working in a CCN team in a different area for 10 years.

I enjoy Children’s Community Nursing providing clinical care to children and supporting families within their home environment enabling them to stay at home as much as possible.

I completed my Nurse prescribing in February 2021 and I have recently completed my Venepuncture training within the CCN team which is a new skill for me.

QualificationsZara Salloway, Childrens community nurse

  • RN Child Branch - St Bartholomew School of Nursing, City University.
  • ENB 998 Teaching Qualification.
  • High Dependancy of acutely unwell child course.
  • Palliative Care Course.
  • Paediatric Acute Assessment.
  • Qualified in 1999.

I worked at Royal London Hospital before moving to The Midlands where I then worked at Birmingham Children's Hospital. I was a junior sister on the ward for several years, before moving into community nursing in 2010. 

Emilia Simpson, Children's Community Nurse


  • Registered Nurse Dip HE – Child Branch
  • Mentorship in Practice
  • Paediatric Practical Oncology – Supportive Care Module


I joined the CCN team in 2014 after working on a general paediatric ward for 8 years.  Children with healthcare problems can spend so much time in a hospital setting, but this role alleviates that and promotes care in the home. I enjoy the clinical nature, whilst being able to develop good working relationships with families and other professionals involved in their care.  I especially find supporting families through difficult and challenging times, a rewarding aspect of our role.  I am also the Cystic Fibrosis link nurse for the team and liaise with the CF team at UHNM in Stoke to coordinate care for these children in the community. 

Lucy Willetts.jpgQualifications

  • Registered Children’s Nurse – Cardiff University
  • Paediatric Assessment Skills Course
  • Mentorship Course


I joined the CCN team in May 2016, having previously worked on a burns unit and also in a medical and surgical day unit. In addition to my role, I also act as Safeguarding link within the team.

Danielle Williams.jpgQualifications

  • Diploma Health Education Children Nursing
  • Preparation for mentors at Birmingham City University
  • High Dependency Course at Birmingham City University
  • Paediatric Assessment Course at Birmingham Children’s Hospital


I became a Community Children’s Nurse in October 2016, having previously working on a Neurosurgical ward at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for 4 years. My special area of interest is Paediatric Oncology, and I am currently the link worker for Oncology patients within the team.

Yvonne Woolley, Family Support Worker


I joined the CCN team in 2020 after working with children for most of my career within schools and social work. 

I am very passionate about my role within the team, and strive to give the best care, support and advice to our patients and their families. I always aim to make a difference in our children's lives.

Zoe Hayward.jpg


I joined the CCN team in January 2022, after previously working as an On-Call Firefighter. My duties vary from data management, sorting and dealing with post, formatting and typing letters, ordering supplies for patients and the CCN team plus many more administritaive duties.


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