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Eastern region: Cambridgeshire nursing innovation celebrated for improving care of children

10 Aug 2016

The work of three Royal College of Nursing members from Cambridgeshire has been featured in a celebration of nursing innovations from across the region.

Carol Evans, a community psychiatric nurse from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust, and colleagues Anthonia Williams and Emma Calvert set up the Project For Schools to help support teachers working with children with mental and emotional problems.

The project has now been featured in the Nursing Standard journal along with other pioneering work by nurses across the East of England to help celebrate the RCN’s centenary year.

Project For Schools was launched in response to long waits for child and adolescent mental health services and a recognition of the challenges teachers experience when faced with children who need extra support.

Carol, who is based in Peterborough, and her colleagues set up a daily Advice Line for teachers to discuss concerns and ask for assistance and advice. Information packs have been produced for schools to help support children who are struggling with mental or emotional problems before they become worse. A training package was also created to raise awareness of issues such as autism, ADHD and anxiety. 

The team already work with around half of the 70 primary schools in the region with plans to target the remainder in September. It is also hoped the scheme can be extended into secondary schools.

Carol, who is also the RCN Eastern board chair, said: “Teachers are very positive about the project and we’ve had really good feedback. “It’s satisfying to know that we’re helping children to get recognition for the difficulties they face and that our support to the teachers is being used and valued.”

Karen Webb, RCN Eastern Regional Director, said: “Initiatives like this demonstrate the innovative and inspirational approach taken by nurses who are constantly striving to improve the experience of their patients.

“Across the Eastern region we are aware of many more cases of nurses leading innovations in their workplaces which will leave a long-lasting legacy of better care and excellent service.”

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