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Nurses4cleft.org. NURSING. Sue Butcher. SRN RSCN SCM Clinical Nurse Specialist, South Thames Cleft Centre Chairman Nurses Special Interest Group, Cleft Lip and Palate. What do specialist nurses do?. Nine centres some still dual sites

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Nurses4cleft.org

NURSING

Sue Butcher. SRN RSCN SCM

Clinical Nurse Specialist, South Thames Cleft Centre

Chairman Nurses Special Interest Group, Cleft Lip and Palate.


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What do specialist nurses do?

  • Nine centres some still dual sites

  • Nine+ different ways of delivering specialist nursing care

  • Dependent on geography, funding and philosophy

  • National minimum standards of care


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On call

Clinic

Pre ABG

Teaching

Hospital post op discharge

Home visit post op follow up

Phone calls for progress report

18/12 assessment

Feeding support

Liaison

Preoperative

Prebirth feeding

Antenatal

So what do I do?A typical working week


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NATIONAL STANDARDS

  • These are the minimum standards of care that should be offered to families with a baby with cleft lip and or palate.

  • Nine Birth Standards

  • Seven Antenatal Standards

  • Ten Perioperative standards (being reviewed)

  • NSF, this refers to the National Service Framework for children, young people and maternity services. Department of Health, 2004


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FOR THE BIRTH OF A BABY WITH CLEFT LIP AND /OR PALATE

Standard 1.

All babies born with a cleft lip and/or palate are to be diagnosed at birth. (NSF 1 & 11)

Standard 2.

All babies are to be referred by relevant professionals to the cleft team within 24hrs of diagnosis.

(NSF 1 & 11)

Standard 3.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist should visit within 24 hours of receiving referral.

(NSF 2 & 11)


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Standard 4.

A feeding plan should be devised and documented that supports the mother’s preference for feeding at the first visit.

(NSF 1, 2 & 11)

Standard 5.

All babies should have a nationally recognised feeding assessment prior to the introduction of assisted feeding.

(NSF 1, 7 &11)

Standard 6.

All mothers who choose to breast feed should be offered an electric breast pump, for as long as they require, at no cost to themselves.

(NSF 2, 3 & 11)


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Standard 7.

All parents to be offered

Counselling and support

Verbal and written information re cleft treatment and management

Contact with a family of a child with a similar diagnosis

Written information about CLAPA.

(NSF 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 & 11)


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Standard 8.

All babies with cleft palate referred to local audiology/ENT

(NSF 1, 3 & 7)

Standard 9.

All babies should be visited at home by a Clinical Nurse Specialist within one week of discharge (NSF 1, 2, 3 & 8)


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FOR THE ANTENATAL DIAGNOSIS OF A FACIAL CLEFT

Standard 1.

Parents are to be referred by relevant professionals to the cleft team on the day of initial diagnosis. (NSF 1, 2, &7)

Standard 2.

Parents are to be given written details of the cleft team, on the day of initial diagnosis.

(NSF 1, 2 & 7)

Standard 3.

Parents are to be contacted by the Clinical Nurse Specialist within 24 hours of receiving referral.

(NSF 1, 2, 4 &7)


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Standard 4.

Parents are to be offered a visit at an appropriate and negotiated time and place.

(NSF 1, 2, & 7)

Standard 5.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist shall make contact with the primary health care team during the antenatal period. (NSF 1, 2, 4 & 7)


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Standard 6.

All parents are to be offered these services in the 2nd and 3rd trimester.

Counselling and support

Appropriate feeding preparation and plan for immediate postnatal period.

Verbal and written information re cleft treatment and management.

Opportunity to meet other families

Opportunity to meet the cleft team

Written information about CLAPA (NSF 1, 2 & 7)

Standard 7.

The prenatal diagnosis of classification of lip and alveolar clefting should correspond with the diagnosis at birth. (NSF 2 & 7)


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Development of the Specialist Nurses Role

  • 18 month joint review clinics with SALT

  • Support for older children around ABG and Orthognathic surgery

  • Audit

  • Research


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Challenges and Problems

  • Caseload allocation (recommended 1:25)

  • Budget reductions leading to-

    • Downgrading and “skill mixing” –replacing highly skilled CSN

    • Covering wards


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Do we make a difference?

“Thank you for all your support, all our worries were dealt with so well and now we can look forward to an exciting future”

“I felt you were there for us and ensured that we had the best care possible, I can’t really express how much that support has mean to us”

“There were times when we didn’t know how we would have got through this without you”


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