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Looked After Children Nurse Specialist Team

A team of specialist nurses who are committed to improving the health outcomes for children and young people who are looked after. This specialist, county-wide team strive to deliver a supportive, informative and highly effective service to address and meet the health needs of children and young people who are looked after

We achieve this by:

  • Undertaking and overseeing nurse led health assessments which are bi-annual for children under 5 years old and annually for children aged of 5- 18 years
  • Providing all children and young people who are looked after with a direct contact number of their specialist nurse.
  • Delivering effective health promotion to vulnerable young people
  • Adopting a holistic approach to each individuals needs
  • Supporting and advising foster carers to improve health needs of looked after children and young people
  • Provide all 16-17 year olds with a summary of their health history
  • Attend meetings pertinent to the wellbeing of children and young people (strategy, CLA reviews)
  • Proactive engagement with residential care home staff and residents, and young people in supported living accommodation.
  • Attendance at foster panel
  • Attendance at Therapeutic Access Panel (TAP)
  • Oversight of all West Sussex children and young people placed out of West Sussex , coordinating health assessments, and liaising with providers in placement area to ensure continuity of healthcare
  • Service Location:
    West Sussex
  • How To Access:

    Foster families, Social Workers and other professionals can access the services of the Looked After Children Nurse Specialist Team via the following routes:

    • Telephone
    • Email
    • Meetings
    • Via other health professionals such as Doctors, School Nurses and Health Visitors
    • The Virtual School

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

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

  • Contact Details:
    Team email: sc-tr.wsxlacnurses@nhs.net

    Worthing Team (South East)
    Centenary House, Durrington c/o
    Brighton General Hospital,
    Elm Grove,
    Brighton,
    BN2 3EW.
    Office Telephone: 01273 265952

    South West Team
    Westhampnett CDC
    28-29 Westhampnett Rd,
    Chichester,
    West Sussex,
    PO19 7HH
    Office Telephone: 01243 793661

    North East Team
    Haywards Heath Health Centre,
    Heath Road,
    Haywards Heath,
    RH16 3BB
    Office Telephone 01444 413928

    How to find us
    We are available at the listed addresses by appointment
  • Opening Hours:
    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • How to find us:
    We are available at the listed addresses by appointment.
  • More Information:
  • Directorate:
    CHRW
  • Reference Directory ID:
    16318
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