Community children's nursing: developing a bespoke model of post-registration education

Robin Hyde*, Jenny Gallagher, Kim Donnelly, Christine Thompson, Catherine Macfarlane

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Community children's nurses provide a vital service between the hospital and home environment, supporting children, young people and families with their health needs. In the UK, the number of educational pathways providing a specialist practitioner qualification in community children's nursing has declined significantly in recent years. This has left many community children's nursing services with little or no access to educational programmes, despite the rising demand. The four UK governments, together with regulatory bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, have embarked on ambitious transformation of post-registration career frameworks and standards, the long-term impact of which is uncertain. This article discusses an approach that one community children's nursing service in Scotland took to address these challenges by liaising with a local university and accessing a bespoke advanced practice programme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-21
Number of pages6
JournalNursing children and young people
Issue number3
Early online date3 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2023


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