Celebrating the Year of the Nurse & Midwife

Posted by
Vicky Hewlett
Posted on
10:10am, 14th February
photo of Roald Dahl Nurses

2020 has been designated the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organisation to honour the vital role played by nurses and midwives around the globe. Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity is marking this special year with a number of initiatives including:

  • A focus on transition of care to improve the pathway for children moving from paediatric to adult services including a call out to recruit two new Specialist Transition Roald Dahl Nurses and welcoming three new starters.
  • A special challenge event inviting supporters to ‘Run for Their Roald Dahl Nurse’ at 10k races across the UK.
  • Leadership training workshops for our nurses.
  • A video series highlighting the important work our 76 Roald Dahl Specialist Children’s Nurses do helping and empowering seriously ill children across the UK.

The video series highlights the unique role played by a specialist nurse and we know that our Roald Dahl Nurses make a particularly unique and important contribution. 

In addition to providing best-in-class medical support, Roald Dahl Nurses who specialise in a variety of areas from Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia to Rare Diseases, Epilepsy, acquired brain injury and undiagnosed conditions, are leaders in:

  • Co-ordination of care, ensuring children who are often under a large number of consultants and healthcare professionals, have as seamless an experience as possible.
  • Educating teachers and schools on the needs of pupils who have a long-term serious health condition.
  • Educating other healthcare professionals in the hospitals and the community on the needs of children with the serious long-term conditions that they specialise in.
  • Best practice sharing to ensure their peers and other healthcare professionals benefit from the expert knowledge Roald Dahl Nurses have as well as learning about innovative approaches they have introduced to solve problems and improve efficiencies.
  • Transition of care when children move from paediatrics to adult services.

Ultimately, Roald Dahl Nurses become the healthcare professional that the children and parents trust. They are always there for them at appointments and on the end of a phone when the parents need reassurance when their child is having a health crisi or simply when they need someone to listen to them. 

Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses demonstrate their impact and value in a variety of ways from improving appointment attendance to saving the NHS money through reducing A&E attendance and hospital admissions. 

And our Roald Dahl Nurses love what they do! They find their jobs rewarding and enjoy the often life-long relationships they build with the children they care for. But don’t take our word for it – watch the videos in this post and hear from some of our marvellous Roald Dahl Nurses in their own words!

To help us create more Roald Dahl Nurse posts to continue this vital work, find more on how you can support us here.