Children's Community Nursing (West Sussex)

Sussex Community NHS Trust is the lead provider of Children’s Community Nursing Services (CCNS) across West Sussex and is committed to transforming into a comprehensive model of community nursing, which best meets the needs of all four groups of children and young people identified within NHS at Home (Department of Health 2011).

  • Children with acute, short term conditions
  • Children with long term conditions
  • Children with complex health needs, disability and continuing care needs
  • Children with life limiting and life threatening conditions

West Sussex covers a wide geographical area with a population of 186,300 children and young people between 0-19 years, making up around 23% of the total population.

The CNNS is made up of:

  • Three locality Children’s Community Nursing teams in the North Crawley, South Lancing and West Chichester;
  • The Snowdrop Care at Home Specialist Palliative Care Team;
  • Special School Nursing
  • Specialist children’s Continence Team
  • WellChild Children’s Community Nurse

Professional, operational and strategic leadership is provided through the Head of Children’s Community Nursing with additional leadership for quality and standards provided through the Children’s Community Nursing Matrons.

Currently the service provides children’s community nursing for children and young people with long term conditions, complex needs, and palliative care, including end of life care. The children can present with acute illness in addition to requiring skilled nursing intervention to manage highly complex health and developmental needs throughout childhood and at transition to adult services. The CCNS works closely with social care, education and third sector organisations to implement the statutory requirements of the Children and Families Act 2014 and we are actively involved with partners in developing children and young people’s urgent care pathways.

We work through clinical partnerships of shared care with 5 tertiary centres; 4 local acute Trust providers, community, primary care and third sector providers eg Snowdrop Care at Home, Chestnut Tree House and Chase Shooting Star.

Our CCNS offers innovation, partnership and excellence in community care and we are highly committed to active on going engagement with children and families to shape and improve services. We aspire to be what children, families and our partners need us to be to enable the very best health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people in West Sussex.


Arundel, Barnham, Billingshurst, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Horsham, Lancing, Littlehampton, Midhurst, Petworth, Selsey, Shoreham, Worthing

How To Access

Referrals are accepted from GP’s, Consultant Paediatricians, Health Visitors, School Nurses, other Health Professionals, Social Workers and Child and Family Mental Health Services. Parent referrals are also accepted.

Contact Details

For the Crawley (North) team contact:
Rachel Barry , Team Leader
5th Floor
Crawley Hospital
West Green Drive
Crawley RH11 7DH
Please note from 1/8/19 our new number will be 01293 301013
Fax: 01293 744995

For the Worthing (South) Team contact:
Sue Kendall, Team Leader
Children’s Community Nursing Team (South)
Unit 3, Ground Floor,
The Quadrant
Marlborough Road,
Lancing Business Park
Lancing BN15 8UW
Tel: 01273 696011 ext.6200

For the Chichester (West) team contact:
Gill Cunningham, Team Leader or
Jane Evans, Snowdrop Palliative Care Team Leader
The Westhampnett Child Development Centre
28-29 Westhampnett Road
Chichester PO19 7HH
Tel: 01243 793619
Fax: 01243 793628

Opening Hours

The South Children’s Community Nursing Team based in Lancing (ONLY) will be extending their hours to provide a service from 8.00am - 2.00pm Saturdays, Sundays and on bank holidays.

West Children’s Community Nursing team provide a service from Monday to Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm , Saturdays 8.00am - 12.30pm.

North Children’s Community Nursing Team provide a service Monday to Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm, Saturdays 9.00am - 1.30pm.

End of Life Care: 24hr standby care in partnership with Snowdrop at Home care and Chestnut Tree House

How to find us

See contact details above.

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