The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) and Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) have published new Standards for Community Children’s Nurse Education and Practice. The new voluntary Standards were launched at the QNI’s Conference in London on 25th September.

The (QNI) and (QNIS) worked together with leading experts to develop the new voluntary standards to support Community Children’s Nurse (CCN) education and practice in all four countries of the UK.  The standards make explicit the practice expectations of Community Children’s Nurses on completing a Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ).

The Community Children’s Nurse (CCN) role is highly complex and requires skills in negotiating, coaching, teaching and supporting children and young people and their carers, whilst collaborating with a range of other agencies and services. Working in partnership, they enable children and young people to remain safely in the community and transition to adult services in due course.

The CCN standards project is the third project in the voluntary standards series and follows on from voluntary standards for District Nurses (2015) and voluntary standards for Senior General Practice Nurses (2017).  The project advisory group included representation from the four UK countries reflecting perspectives from education commissioners, service and education providers, third sector providers, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, clinical commissioners and the Royal College of Nursing.

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