Key issues and topics of interest to nurses working with infants, children and young people
Potential hazards in the home during self-isolation
With infants and young children spending more time indoors it is important that we all remind parents of potential hazards in the home, including hazards such as blind cords. There have been one or two deaths recently of young infants/children getting tied up in blind cords. Info can be found at CAPT and NHS advice for new parents.
Effective (Deep) suctioning and appropriate delegation
The Royal College of Nursing has received enquiries following the publication of ‘Meeting health needs in educational and other community settings. A guide for nurses caring for children and young people’, specifically in respect of the delegation of suctioning tasks.
Clinical advice and guidance regarding ‘Effective (Deep) suctioning’ and appropriate delegation should be principally sought from the following:
- The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
- The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC)
- Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP) Respiratory Committee
iHV launches ‘Health Visiting in England: A Vision for the Future’
The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) has published ‘Health Visiting in England: A Vision for the Future’, their evidence-based blue print to rebuild health visiting services. Developed in response to the government’s request for stakeholder engagement to inform their plans to refresh the health visiting model for England and the Healthy Child Programme, and taking into account the worrying loss of health visitors over the past 4 years, this publication sets out a new model of health visiting advising eight universal contacts and a particular focus on fifteen areas where health visiting can have a high impact on health outcomes.
HPV universal immunisation programme
Public Health England have advised that the routine HPV universal immunisation programme will be offered to boys, in addition to girls, as part of the routine school aged schedule in England from 1 September 2019. This follows the government’s announcement in July 2018 to include HPV vaccination of boys, which was based on the advice of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The mental health needs of young people with learning disabilities are overlooked despite an increased risk - new report
Children and young people with learning disabilities are much more likely to develop mental health problems yet their needs are too often overlooked warns a new report by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.
Overshadowed finds that children and young people with learning disabilities are more than four times more likely to develop a mental health problem than average. This means that 14% or one in seven of all children and young people with mental health difficulties in the UK will also have a learning disability.
The Disabled Children’s Partnership has identified a £434 million funding gap for social care support for disabled children and their families. The survey of 3,400 parents found:
- only 4% of parents say they receive the right support to care for their disabled children safely
- 53% of parents have been forced to give up a paid job to care for their disabled child
- more than a third (37%) of parent carers say their disabled child has missed school or college because the staff or services are not available to support them
- a third (33%) of parents/ carers say their disabled child has been in unnecessary extra pain because the right equipment, doctor or health service hasn’t been available.