The Integrated Children’s Community Nursing (iCCN) Service
The Integrated Children’s Community Nursing (iCCN) Service is provided by Solent NHS Trust to provide care to Children/Young People across Portsmouth, Fareham & Gosport and SE Hampshire.
The service aims to provide a high quality in reach and outreach nursing service and to enable early, safe planned discharge from hospital and to prevent unnecessary admissions. These services are a link between primary and secondary care and support and encourage the development of partnership working.
The iCCN service works in partnership with Acute and Community Paediatricians, GP’s, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Therapists, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Schools, Children’s Services and voluntary organisations to help the children and young people achieve their full potential and live as full a life as possible.
This care is delivered in the community location that is the most appropriate for that child or young person e.g. home, school, community clinic or respite centre
The iCCN service also provides nursing support into 3 special schools – The Mary Rose Academy in Portsmouth, St Francis School in Fareham and Rachel Madocks School in South East Hampshire.
The iCCN service has a clear vision is to provide seamless care to children with a nursing need, including those who have
• Complex health needs,
• Chronic illness or conditions,
• Life limiting/threatening conditions,
• Palliative care needs
• End of life care needs
• Short term care – such as Wound care & Intravenous antibiotics
• Urgent care (COAST) to support acutely unwell children with one of the 5 commissioned conditions to be cared for in their own homes.
Eligibility Criteria and working hours
Community Childrens Nursing (CCN)
0 – 19 years with a long or short term health condition/need requiring nursing care/input who are registered with a GP in Portsmouth city, Fareham & Gosport and SE Hampshire and have been referred by a GP, Hospital Consultant or Nurse Specialist.
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm
24/7 Support to named children requiring end of life care
Urgent care / Children’s Outreach Assessment & Support Team (COAST)
0 -16 years old who are registered with a GP in Portsmouth, Fareham & Gosport and SE Hampshire. Who have been clinically assessed by a GP/Nurse Practitioner or Hospital Doctor and requires on-going review and assessment with one of the following 5 conditions:
3. Chest Infection
4. Viral induced wheeze
5. Exacerbation Asthma
Monday – Thursday 10am – 8pm
Friday 8-6 (all patients will be discharged by 5pm)
Weekends No service at present
Bank holidays 10-6pm (No service on Christmas Day)
Specialist School Nurse (Across: Mary Rose Academy, St. Francis and Rachel Madocks Schools)
The Specialist School Nurse (SSN) service aims to support children with Severe/ Profound and Multiple learning difficulties and Complex Health Needs to access specialist education regularly alongside the Local Education Authority. The SSN team work within the schools, but are employees of Solent NHS Trust. The SSNs are able to offer the school staff training, clinical expertise and some hands on clinical care, whilst providing health promotion to those who are on the school roll. The service aims to improve school attendances, provide a network of support with wider health service team, and improve overall quality of life and outcomes for children and young people attending these schools.
Monday – Friday: Term-Time Only. We are available during school hours. Please seek school opening hours from the appropriate school.
Children’s Continuing Care Team (CCCT)
The CCC team provide individualised packages of care to children and young people with long term, complex health needs, many of whom are technology dependant. This care is provided around the clock and all receiving the service must meet the criteria for children’s continuing care. Direct nursing care is provided 24/7 by a team of Health Care Support Workers (HCSW) with CCN input.
Children 0-18 years old who have been assessed as meeting the criteria for Children’s Continuing Health Care and are registered with a GP in Portsmouth, Fareham & Gosport and SE Hampshire.
Monday – Friday 8.30 – 4.30pm (Office)
Home care packages are delivered 24/7 as per commissioning for each individual child
Children’s Community Asthma Nurse Specialist
The Community Children’s Asthma service aims to educate and empower children and their families in all aspects of asthma management. Through offering advice, support and education, the service aims to reduce hospital attendances and admissions and improve overall quality of life and outcomes for children and young people living with asthma.
Where the iCCN service is based?
Battenburg Child Development Centre,
What the organisation provides – types of interventions and support:
The following are examples of the types of interventions to prevent children having to travel to, or be admitted into hospital ( this list is not exhaustive)
• Intravenous therapy
• Taking blood from central lines
• Provide support with gastrostomy feeding or nasogastric tube feeding
• Administration of injections
• Wound management
• Training for parents, carers and other professionals in a variety of care needs
• Tracheostomy care management
• Long term ventilation support
• Ongoing review and assessment of acute episodes of illness
• Care planning and evaluation
• Palliative and End of life care – Support to enable children to die at home if this is the chosen place to be
How can this service be accessed?
iCCN service will consider emailed referrals from a professional.
Telephone referral may be required to discuss the suitability of the referral and to ensure caseload capacity.
Parents/carers of children on the iCCN caseload can contact the team directly.
Who to contact if you are unhappy with the service or to make a complaint
We are always trying to improve our service and welcome any suggestions, comments or concerns.
In the first instance please bring them to the attention of the appropriate Team leader or Operational manager on 0300 123 6631
Alternatively speak or write to our Patient Advice and Liaison (PALS) and Complaints Service: 0800 0132 319
Where to find further information