This service, a strand of our children’s community nursing team at the James Paget University Hospitals, consists of an experienced respite coordinator, managing a team of carers to provide the family/child with respite breaks within the child’s home.
Each respite package is carefully assessed by the coordinator to determine eligibility to the service and specific care needs the client may have. Families are then assigned a respite carer and any additional training for the child’s specific needs are given with the parent’s involvement. Clients can be referred by any professional working within that family from health, social care or education.
Other strands of respite the family may be receiving are identified by the referrer. The coordinator will assess this as part of eligibility to this service. Home respite is open to all patients aged 0-18 years (up 19 years if severe learning difficulties) with a Great Yarmouth and Waveney GP. The service is funded by the local Clinical Commissioning Group for children and young people’s services.
Criteria for access are patients with complex conditions, medical and technical needs with/without a learning disability. The coordinator reviews the care packages regularly and package of care hours are determined with the family using a care domain level of need approach. Packages are generally of three to five hours duration each week or fortnight and can be flexible morning, afternoon, evening or twilight. The service is provided all year around except Bank Holidays and tailored to the family’s request, such as half term holidays.
All the carers have childcare qualifications, DBS checked and undergo yearly mandatory training as employees of the local hospital NHS Trust.
Or contact CCNT, James Paget University Hospitals on 01493 453175
A phone call to the coordinator by the professional referrer, followed by a written referral. The coordinator will ask the referrer to gain consent from the family and will send the referrer a leaflet to give to the family regarding the service. The coordinator will contact the family within two to three weeks to discuss further and arrange a home visit to assess.
All respite packages are reviewed every six months. The coordinator will determine with the family the appropriate adult team to refer the young adult on to if respite support is still needed in or outside the home or outside the home.