Oscar Maclean Foundation Funds New Post for Sick Children in Jersey

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Oscar Maclean Foundation Funds New Post for Sick Children in Jersey

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We are thrilled to announce that the new Parent Partnership Worker post sponsored by the Oscar Maclean Foundation is now live and we congratulate Renee de la Haye on her appointment. Renee has started the job in September and is already handling her first cases. Good luck, Renee!

Renee has been working with the Paediatricians and Family Nursing and Home Care Children’s Nursing Team to prepare for the implementation of the Children’s Palliative Care Pathway. From this work, a further 20 families have been identified who would benefit from key working support and the Paediatricians are making referrals once they have had the opportunity to speak to families and gain their consent. It is anticipated that the number of families accessing support by the end of December will have reached 10.

The Parent Partnership Worker role has a crucial role in coordinating the support provided by others. This places a heavy emphasis on the Parent Partnership Worker building a rapport with the large range of professionals who support children with chronic health needs. It is therefore extremely pleasing to update that there has been a lot of work in this area with links either established or strengthened with the following key partner agencies:

– Family Nursing and Home Care both due to their long standing work in this area and due to them being the lead agency on the new Children’s Palliative Care Pathway. Weekly meetings between the Parent Partnership Worker and Family Nursing and Home Care have therefore been set up.
– A whole range of colleagues at the General hospital including the Consultant Paediatricians, Robin ward staff, the specialist Oncology Nurse and colleagues with either a managerial or safeguarding remit for children. The Parent Partnership Worker has also met with the Overseas travel department in recognition of the impact of off island travel for some families.
– Colleagues providing parenting support services at The Bridge, including those working for Brighter Futures and the Jersey Child Care Trust.
– Local Schools
– Short breaks Services
– Portage Home visiting Service
– Early help Coordinator
– Complex Needs Social Work Team
– Educational Psychologists
– Pathways Family Centre
– Diabetic Nursing Team

Feedback from families and professionals has consistently reinforced the need for this service and its potential impact for families.

You can read more about Renee’s appointment and industry feedback using the links below:


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