Exclusive: Overcoming the barriers to hospital discharge for children with complex needs

More children are remaining in hospital because parents are not supported properly

WellChild report reveals that three quarters of professionals have no protected time to deliver training to parents and carers

There are estimated to be more than 70,000 children in the UK living with complex care needs. Many face long stays in hospital, where they receive care from dedicated staff.

Once discharged, support may be provided by nurses in the community, but most of the time it is the child’s family who provide the care.

As a result, parents and carers require a huge range of skills, from dealing with long-term ventilation to tube feeding.

But, to date, the way these training needs are addressed is patchy, according to research by WellChild.

After holding a summit on the issue in 2015, the charity warned that a problem was


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