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Continuing care nurses

A continuing care package will be required when a child or young person has needs arising from a disability, accident, or illness that can't be met by existing universal or specialist services alone.

Children and young people’s continuing care is a national NHS framework and involves three phases of:

  1. assessing if a continuing care package is needed
  2. a panel deciding if the child or young person has a continuing care need
  3. the development of a care package.

An alternative to a care package is a personal health budget.

A personal health budget is NHS money that is spent on children and young people with assessed continuing care needs. It is another way of giving care flexibly, allowing individuals and families to have more control over the funding to meet health and wellbeing needs in way that works for them.

Children with complex needs may also require support from other services - they may have special educational needs and need support from social care, the Children with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs teams. All agencies will work together to gain a collaborative approach to your child’s care. 

Age range

From birth to 19 years

The service

We are experienced paediatric nurses, supported by the manager of the Complex Needs Nursing Service, Evelina London Children’s Healthcare

We provide a continuing care service for children, young people, their families and carers who reside within Southwark and Lambeth. We're based in the community, so when you have to visit the hospital, we will work closely with the specialists, your GP and community paediatricians to ensure a continued supportive service.

  • Continuing care nurses work closely with families to assess their needs and organise care packages when they are required
  • We support children and young people with complex health needs to be cared for at home
  • To work in partnership with Children and Young people, their families, carers to prevent unnecessary hospital admission
  • To work in partnership with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), care providers, GP, community paediatricians, paediatric specialists, Dieticians, Therapists, Head Teacher, Social Care or Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
  • To signpost and facilitate vital respite for families with local organisations
  • Support children requiring Non Invasive ventilation with consumables and arranging servicing of equipment
  • A key contact for families enabling signposting to other available services
  • Information and advice is available from school nurse or the Team Leader.

All contacts with children and their families are treated in a confidential way as per Trust policy.

Who is the service for?

The service is available for children with complex health needs who are registered with a GP in Southwark or Lambeth. 

Who can access the service?

Any parent or carer of a child or young person with a complex health need may access this service. This may be for advice or a referral. Once a referral has been received the continuing care nurses will arrange to meet with the family. This could be in the hospital, home, or respite setting.

Continuing care nurses will complete a face to face assessment with the family of the child and will also contact appropriate healthcare professionals involved in the child’s care. Advice or signposting maybe given by telephone.

You can refer your child to our service or ask your specialist, Social worker or GP to do this for you.

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Confidentiality and impartiality

All contacts with children and their families are treated in a confidential way as per Trust policy.

Do I need to pay for the service?

The service is free if you are entitled to NHS care and are  registered with a GP practice in Lambeth or Southwark.

Contact us

The Continuing Care service is available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The office is closed on weekends and bank holidays. You can send an email or leave a message on the answer phone and we will contact you within two working days. If you visit the centre it is located within the congestion charge zone.

Continuing Care Nurse: Lambeth

Mary Sheridan Centre for Child Health

Wooden Spoon House

5 Dugard Way

Kennington, SE11 4TH

Reception: 020 3049 4005

Continuing Care Nurse: 020 3049 6026

Continuing Care Nurse: Southwark

Sunshine House

27 Peckham Road

London, SE5 8UH

Reception: 020 3049 8100

Continuing Care Nurse: 020 3049 8003