#notanurse_but

Join our parent-driven campaign to help shine a light on the reality of life caring for a child with exceptional health needs at home.

The #notanurse_but video diaries have been viewed over 75,000 times, gained widespread coverage and have helped us connect with more families across the UK in need of help.

Across the UK, thousands of parents, siblings and carers are delivering high levels of medical care to their children at home. For many, the physical, emotional and financial strain is unseen, unrecognised and often misunderstood.

#notanurse_but is a parent-driven campaign that aims to shine a light on the reality of life behind closed doors for these families. It’s goal – to gather the evidence and highlight to decision makers the massive gaps in support that currently exist and need to be filled.

#notanurse_but at RCPCHWhat we have achieved so far…

We started by supporting a group of parents to share their personal stories via a series of powerful video diaries.

The films have been viewed over 75,000 times, gained widespread coverage and have helped us connect with more families across the UK in need of help. They have also been used to educate health and community professionals on what families caring for a child with exceptional health needs at home are going through behind closed doors.

For me the biggest achievement so far is seeing so many families coming forward and sharing their experiences. We are not nurses, but do whatever it takes to keep our children safe and well at home

Leanne, #notanurse_but video diarist and Mum

Help shape a better future for families across the UK

Through the #notanurse_but campaign, we want to reach and connect with as many parents, carers and professionals as we can in order to identify the changes required. Please help us.

Register with the campaign

We are looking for parents and carers to share their journey and tell us what needs to change. Register with us now and receive a #notanurse_but pack.

Parent, carers and professionals can register here

Help spread the word

  • Create your own video diary and email it to us at notanurse_but@wellchild.org.uk
  • Add #notanurse_but to your profile pic – Register your support on Twibbon and get a #notanurse_but logo added to your Facebook and Twitter profile pics
  • Social media – share the campaign page, your experiences and the stories of others using #notanurse_but
  • Tell your friends, family, colleagues and wider networks

Download the following resources to help you

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Make your own video diary

Diaries are a really powerful way of sharing your experiences.  They can really help to tell the world about your experiences providing high levels of medical care to your child, your frustrations and what needs to change. You can use them to share what you have got in place that works, or what would help you – emotionally, practically, or financially?

Here are some top tips for recording your own diary, and how you can send back to us:

  • Use your phone, iPad or camera.
  • Shoot in landscape.
  • Record 30 secs to a few minutes of footage. Try not to exceed 3 minutes.
  • Try to keep background noise to a minimum so we can hear the people in the video properly.
  • Send to us:

Attend or organise a #notanurse_but coffee morning

#notanurse_but coffee mornings are taking place across the UK to enable parents and carers to meet up and share their experiences. Discussions at the coffee mornings highlight the impact that the right support can have on families, but also the significant gaps in support available to families caring for children with exceptional health needs. They also provide an opportunity for professionals working with or on behalf of families to come along to find out more about the campaign and how they can support us.

Find our more about the #notanurse_but coffee mornings