Children's Community Nursing
We provide nursing services for children and young people with acute and complex health nursing needs across Berkshire.
This is made up of Specialist School Nursing and Respite care for children with a nursing need and learning difficulty in Berkshire East. There are some differences in the services offered in the east and west of the county.
The Children's Community Nursing services in Berkshire West transferred to us on 1 October 2019. The new base is at the University of Reading, London Road, RG1 5EY. This is an exciting opportunity for the Children's Community Nursing team to work in very close collaboration with the specialist school nursing team, which will ensure that good quality nursing care is delivered in the most efficient way to children and young people across a variety of community settings.
Children’s Community Nursing
Our Children’s Community Nursing service covers Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.
We provide nursing services to children and young people up to age 18 with acute and complex nursing needs. We provide nursing services within the child or young person's home or within the community.
We also offer specialist training in helping to care for your child's specific need for parents and carers within their own home, in special schools along side the Specialist School Nurse, and in designated Local Authority Respite Centres.
The team works very closely with the Specialist Schools Nursing team who provide health and nursing care to children attending the special schools below.
Specialist School Nursing
We provide specialist nursing services for children and young people up to age 19 who have complex needs and are enrolled in the following special schools:
- Brookfield's Special School in Tilehurst, Reading
- Avenue Special School, Reading
- The Castle Special School, Newbury
- Addington Special School, Wokingham
The nurses within the schools deliver nursing care that is specific to the child's needs. In conjunction with parents/carers the nurse will develop a care plan which outlines the nursing needs for your child. Once the plan has been agreed with parents/carers the nurse will ensure that appropriate staff are trained so that your child can attend school safely.
Berkshire Healthcare and Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service work in close partnership to support the delivery of children’s palliative care within the Trust. An Alexander’s Nurse is based within the Berkshire West Children’s Community Nursing Team. The role is one of an experienced and skilled practitioner who provides holistic nursing care and support to children and their families.
Children’s Community Nursing
Our Children's Community Nursing service covers Bracknell, Slough, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead.
We provide nursing services to children and young people up to age 18 with complex health needs and learning difficulties. The nursing care can be provided within the child or young person's home.
We also offer specialist training for parents/carers in helping to care for the child's specific need within their own home, in special schools, and in designated Local Authority short break settings.
Each of our Children's Community Nurses has responsibility for and provides heath and nursing care to children attending these special schools:
- Arbour Vale School, Slough
- Manor Green School, Maidenhead
- Kennel Lane School, Bracknell
- Priory School, Burnham, Slough
We provide respite care at our Manor Green Children's Respite Centre in Maidenhead for children and young people with a nursing need who have a learning difficulty.
Our Specialist School Nurses deliver health and nursing care to all children and young people attending special schools in Berkshire West and East so no referral is required.
If you are a parent or carer and you feel that your child needs a referral to our Children's Community Nursing team, please visit your GP. We accept referrals from health service providers, education professionals and social care workers as long as the child or young person:
- is under the care of a consultant and;
- has a nursing need and;
- is registered with a Berkshire General Practitioner.
If this criteria is met, please make a referral using the Children's Community Nursing referral form.