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Children’s community nursing services: models of care delivery. A review of the United Kingdom literature

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  • Nicola Eaton PhD BSc RGN RSCN PGCE

    1. Research Fellow, Wales Office of Research and Development and Lecturer, School of Health Science, University of Wales, Swansea, Wales
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Nicola Eaton 43 Castle Rise, Rumney, Cardiff CF3 4BB, Wales. E-mail: n.eaton@swansea.ac.uk

Abstract

Children’s community nursing services: models of care delivery. A review of the United Kingdom literature

Children’s community nursing (CCN) services in the United Kingdom (UK) have slowly become recognized as an important component in the care of sick children. However, as yet not every child has access to a CCN scheme should the need arise. In the literature there are many descriptions of CCN schemes set up in various parts of the United Kingdom based on a variety of models. This article describes six models of CCN and discusses the main components considered important when implementing or evaluating those models. Components include qualifications of the members of the team, communication between members of the multidisciplinary team, clinical responsibility, resources, willingness and ability of parents to provide care, and accessibility of services. The benefits and limitations of the models are also considered.

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