Children should only be admitted to hospital when the medical and nursing care they require cannot be given at home / community without real disadvantage.

Objectives

Workforce planning:

  • Staff development is planned to ensure a skilled workforce is able to deliver the service specification

Strengthening partnerships to enhance service efficacy:

  • Link with GP practices and partner organisations
  • Work with Community Children's Nursing teams across the Trust.

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Community Children’s Nursing - Information for Parents and Carers

9am-9pm, 7 days a week

9am-5pm, Bank Holidays

When the CCN Service is unavailable please ring 111 to access GP services.

In the event of an emergency ring 999

The team covers specific areas, including Stafford and surrounding villages, Stone and surrounding villages, Cannock, Eccleshall, Norton Canes, Great Wyrley, Cheslyn Hay, Rugeley, Handsacre, Armitage, Brereton, Penkridge, Wheaton Aston, Codsall and Brewood. If you are unsure if we cover your area please get in touch.

Referrals are made by health professionals, including GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and hospital staff. Acute referrals are made by telephone and long term referrals are made by telephone, letter or email.

All children referred to the service must have a specific nursing need. The service provides care for children and young people aged 0-18 years if in full time education.

The children's phlebotomy service provides non-urgent blood tests for children in a primary care setting. The service is led by the CCN team.

All children are to be referred via GP or the Child Development Centre. The parent/ carer are to be given the contact number for the community children's nurses, where they are able to ring and make an appointment. The clinics are held at Stafford County Hospital and Cannock Chase Hospital.

Blood forms must be completed by the requesting doctor and brought to the appointment. An anaesthetic cream should be applied prior to the appointment, this is obtained on prescription from the GP. All children must attend with an adult who has parental responsibility.

The Children's Constipation Clinic supports children and families to become self-caring with constipation, by offering education and lifestyle advice to manage their condition.

Referrals are made by your GP. Clinics are held at County Hospital in Stafford on a Wednesday twice a month.

Alison Totty, Team LeaderPhoto of Alison Totty

Qualifications:

  • Registered General Nurse
  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse
  • Bsc (Hons) Specialist Community Practitioner
  • Msc Advanced Nurse Prescriber
  • Independent Nurse Prescriber

I have worked in the CCN team since 1996. Previous to this I have worked on a general and surgical paediatric ward. I have a specialist interest in eczema, professional development and palliative care.

Michelle Lyons, Team LeaderPhoto of Michelle Lyons

Qualifications:

  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse
  • Bsc (Hons) Specialist Community Practitioner
  • ENB 998 Physical Assessment Course
  • Independent Nurse Prescriber
  • ILM Leadership and Management
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner

I have worked in the CCN team since 2005. Previous to this I have worked on a general paediatric ward and a hospital at home team. I have specialist interests in acute illness, respiratory and service development.

Jaime Grist, Community Children's NursePhoto of Jaime Grist

Qualifications:

  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse
  • Mentorship
  • Physical Assessment Course

I joined the CCN team in 2015 and worked previously on a general medical ward at Birmingham childrens hospital for 14 years. Interests gastroenterology.

 

Ellie Holland, Children's Community NursePhoto of Ellie Holland

Qualifications:

  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse
  • Diploma in Higher Education in Tropical Nursing
  • Mentorship
  • Physical Assessment Course

I have worked in the CCN team since 2010. Previous to this I have worked in primary healthcare in Uganda and for Medicine San frontiers in DRC, worked in general and specialist paediatric ward. I have a specialist interest in eczema and infection control.

Jennifer Holleran, Community Children's NursePhoto of Jennifer Holleran

Qualifications:

  • Registered Nurse Child Branch
  • Mentorship

I have worked in the CCN team since 2019. Previous to this I have worked on a number of general children’s wards, Paediatric A&E and Children’s High Dependency Unit. I have an interest in mentoring and supporting the student nurses.

 

Gemma James, Community Children's NursePhoto of Gemma James

Qualifications:

  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse
  • Mentorship
  • Physical Assessment Course

I joined the CCN team in 2015 and worked previously on a general paediatric ward with medical and surgical needs. Also on the acute assessment and high dependency unit. Interests acute illness and respiratory.

Helen Jones, Community Children's NursePhoto of Helen Jones

Qualifications:

  • Registered General Nurse
  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse
  • District Nurse Diploma
  • ENB 978
  • Community Nurse Prescriber
  • Physical Assessment Course
  • Mentorship

I have worked in the CCN team since 1999. Previous to this I have worked in the CCN in Stoke, Cystic Fibrosis Nurse, District Nurse, paediatric ward, gynaecological ward. I have a specialist interest in teaching, supporting and mentoring student nurses and clinical supervision for CCN teams.

Hayley Minnard, Community Children's NursePhoto of Haley Minnard

Qualifications:

  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse
  • Mentorship 
  • Physical Assessment Course
  • Independent Nurse Prescriber

I have worked in the CCN team since 2010. Previous to this I have worked on a general paediatric ward. I have a specialist interest in wound care and I am the safeguarding link nurse.

Helen Smith, Community Children's NursePhoto of Helen Smith

Qualifications:

  • Registered General Nurse
  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse
  • ENB 998
  • Independent Nurse Prescriber
  • Physical Assessment Course
  • ILM Leadership and Management

I have worked in the CCN team since 2010. Previous to this I have worked on a general paediatric ward, oncology/haematology ward, high dependency unit. I have also worked at King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Saudia Arabia. I have a specialist interest in wound management, transition. I am the link nurse for infection control and for student nurses.

Bethany Sawczak, Community Children's Nurse

Qualifications:

  • Registered Nurse Child Branch

I have worked in the CCN team since December 2018. Prior to this I worked on a general paediatric ward caring for surgical and medical needs.  I also have experience in children’s A&E, community respite care and Neurosurgical.

Karen Weaver, Family Support WorkerPhoto of Karen Weaver

Qualifications:

  • NVQ level 3 in Health & Social Care
  • 2 day Breast Feeding course

I joined the CCN team in 2015 and worked previously on a general paediatric ward with medical and surgical needs and also an acute assessment unit. I have an interest in health promotion and breastfeeding problems.

 

Emma Brown, Secretary/AdministratorPhoto of Emma Brown

Qualifications:

  • RSA Typewriting & Word processing, Stage 1 & 2
  • NVQ Level 3 diploma in Business Administration

I have worked in the CCN Team since 2016. I have worked in administration for 20 years. Previous role was in the prison services.

Community Children's Nursing Contact Details

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Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Headquarters, St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3SR

E-mail: enquiries@mpft.nhs.uk 

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