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Looked After Children Health Team (West Sussex

We are a team of specialist nurses who are committed to improving the health outcomes for children and young people who are looked after. We are a county-wide team, striving to deliver a supportive, informative and highly effective service to address and meet the health needs of children and young people who are under the care of West Sussex local authority.

We achieve this by:

  • Undertaking and overseeing nurse led health assessments. These are bi-annual for children under 5 years old and annually for children aged 5-18 years.
  • Providing all children and young people who are looked after with the contact details of their specialist nurse.
  • Delivering effective health promotion advice and interventions to vulnerable young people.
  • Adopting a holistic, trauma-informed approach to each young person’s needs.
  • Supporting and advising carers, Social Workers and other professionals to improve the health outcomes of looked after children and young people.
  • Providing young people with a summary of their health history as they transition to adulthood.
  • Attending meetings pertinent to the wellbeing of children and young people (strategy discussions, Child We Care For reviews, Safeguarding meetings, etc).
  • Proactively engaging with residential care home staff and young people in supported living accommodation.
  • Attending at Therapeutic Access Panel (TAP).
  • Maintaining oversight of all West Sussex children and young people placed outside of West Sussex to ensure continuity of healthcare.
  • Completing health assessments, upon request, for children and young people placed in West Sussex by other Local Authorities.
  • Service Location:
    West Sussex
  • How To Access:

    The Looked After Children Nurse Specialist Team can be accessed via the following routes:

    • Telephone
    • Email
    • Task via SystmOne.
    • Via other health professionals such as Doctors, School Nurses and Health Visitors.

    No referral is necessary. The team is notified of all children placed in care within West Sussex. This begins the process of health needs evaluation.

    The Looked After Children Nurse Specialist Team is not an emergency service and does not have an 'out of hours' service.

  • Contact Details:

    Team email: sc-tr.wsxlacnurses@nhs.net

    Central telephone number: 01273 265952

    South East Team (Worthing)

    3rd Floor, Bridge House, Barrington Road, Worthing
    c/o Brighton General Hospital,
    Elm Grove,
    BN2 3EW.

    South West Team (Westhampnett)

    Westhampnett CDC
    28-29 Westhampnett Rd,
    West Sussex,
    PO19 7HH

    North East Team (Haywards Heath)

    Nightingale Primary Care Centre,
    Butlers Green Road, 
    Haywards Heath,
    RH16 4BN.

  • Opening Hours:
    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • How to find us:

    Please contact us via email or telephone.

  • More Information:
  • Directorate:
    Children, Specialist and Wellbeing Services
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