Children’s Paediatric Nursing Team

The Paediatric Community Nursing Team (PCN Team) provides clinical nursing care for children that have complex and on-going health needs in the community. The team cares for children between the ages of 0 – 16 years that would need to return to hospital or their GP for their health care needs.

The service is managed and delivered by nursing staff who have a registered sick children’s qualification and who have received additional and ongoing training specifically to care for sick and unwell children.

The service operates in partnership with the child and family to promote hospital avoidance, unnecessary hospital admission and facilitation of early discharge. This is encouraged by teaching and supporting children and their families to manage their conditions at home.

Where service is based

Children are predominantly visited within their own homes but may be seen at Southend Hospital children’s ward, children’s centres and schools or nurseries.

The service has an administrator based at The Old Pharmacy at Rochford Hospital

Hours of operation

07:00 – 23:00 hours, Monday to Friday including bank holidays.

The administration telephone line is staffed from 9:30-15:30 Monday to Friday, with 24-hour voicemail facility.

Outside of these hours the service operates an on call system seven days a week, 365 days a year for urgent enquiries.

How to contact the Service

Paediatric Community Nursing Team Secretary: 01702 372076
Paediatric Community Nursing Team Service email: epunft.paediatriccommunity-nursingteam@nhs.net
On call mobile: 07966 792396

How to access the service

Please ask for a referral from one of the following:

  • multidisciplinary team
  • Health Professionals providing care to the child, including consultants, clinical nurse specialists, GPs and health visitors

Referrals are also accepted from families who have previously been on the PCN caseload and discharged.