The Children's Trust provides a nurse-led service for children and young people aged 0-18 who are technology-dependent, some of whom have a brain injury and/or associated complex health needs.
This includes children who:
have a tracheostomy
require artificial ventilation
are fed via parenteral nutrition
need central line management or intravenous medication.
A dedicated inter-professional team works to meet the needs of each child, young person and their family using individually tailored programmes. These include:
step down care from hospital to home
residential rehabilitation for children who are technology-dependent as the result of a brain injury
education for technology-dependent children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)
round-the-clock nursing support
individual packages of care for babies and children with complex health needs from across the UK
a welcoming home-from-home environment
training for parents and the local care team
an understanding of the child's long-term needs
age-appropriate play activities
Enquiries are welcomed from any individual who feels that a child may benefit from our services, including clinicians, social works and family members. To make a referral or to find out more about The Children's Trust's services for technology-dependent children, please contact the Placements & Commissioning Team.
The Children's Trust Tadworth Court Tadworth Surrey KT20 5RU
The Children's Trust's step down care service was established in 2006 and aims to help children and young people who are technology dependent to make the transition from hospital to home.
For children and young people who have a tracheostomy and/or are dependent on long-term ventilation and are unable to return home straight away from a hospital or clinical setting, The Children's Trust provides a homely and friendly environment. Support is offered around the clock. This service not only delivers positive outcomes but can also relieve pressure on acute specialist hospital beds. Close links are maintained with the referring hospital and consultant.
The service aims to:
Maximise each child or young person's potential
Offer specialist therapy and education input where appropriate
Enhance quality of life with access to play and leisure activities
Develop an understanding of the child's long-term needs
Manage and support a child or young person's transition home
Provide training for families and community teams
Prevent secondary problems developing
There are opportunities for therapy, education, leisure and age-appropriate activities and trips which may not be available within a hospital setting, as well as access to on-site facilities including a hydrotherapy pool.
After assessment, an individual package of care and therapy is developed. It focuses on the child or young person's medical, physical, emotional, social, therapeutic, psychological, cognitive and educational needs.
Download our guide to our services for technology-dependent children