Linda Partridge, WellChild’s Director of Programmes, said:
“We’re very grateful to Derbyshire Freemasons for their generous grant. We’ve worked to make sure that the essential service provided by WellChild Nurses in regions of the UK have a long-reaching impact. Our target is for every seriously ill child or young person to have access to a WellChild Nurse, and I am delighted that we have now been able to extend that support into Derby.”
Stephen Varley from Derbyshire Freemasons said:
“We are very pleased to be able to support the new Children’s Nurse in Derby. WellChild Nurses do an outstanding job supporting children and families and keeping the amount of time they spend in hospital to an absolute minimum. This is hugely important for the children and their families, but also helps hospitals to make the best use of their resources.”
Nina’s manager, Jo Watson, Lead Nurse at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, said:
“As Nina has settled into her new role as our WellChild Nurse we have already seen enormous benefits for our children, young people and their families with complex needs. Our families now have a central resource to coordinate the care of their child and I have personally seen the positive impact this has had on individual families. We look forward to Nina and her WellChild role continuing to develop to improve the care we provide in partnership with our children, young people and their families with complex needs.”
WellChild’s pilot Children’s Nurse programme began in 2006, and its success has already resulted in the creation of posts in Ayrshire, Birmingham, Bristol, Belfast, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cumbria, Cornwall, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Hywel Dda in Wales, Kirklees, Liverpool, London, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Newcastle, Nottingham, Southampton, Sheffield, Walsall and West Sussex. Further posts will be funded during this year. WellChild continues to fundraise to add to its team so that these children across the United Kingdom will benefit from its services.