Our Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants
The Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants (Care Teams) are the heartbeat of Demelza and have the knowledge, skills and compassion that make them invaluable. They are trained to the highest standards, with qualifications in children’s, learning disability and adult nursing. As well as clinical expertise, they all have strong communication and listening skills, essential to forming good relationships.
Because we work on a one-to-one basis, each child staying at Demelza will be allocated a carer to look after them. The Registered Nurse or Health Care Assistant will do everything for the child or young person they are looking after, giving them continuity of care. Depending on the needs of the child or young person, this can include dealing with a tracheostomy, ventilation, central lines, feeding tubes, seizure management, behaviour management, pain and symptom management and complex medication regimes, in addition to personal care.
Unlike on a hospital ward, Demelza Care Teams have the time to get to know the children, young people and families they work with. By being with the family, discussing the support they need and observing their routines, our Care Teams can work with them in a more tailored and effective way, understanding how to get the best from their time together.
Spending time with families at Demelza gives our Care Teams the chance to build strong and trusting relationships. Using the hydrotherapy pool, taking part in therapy sessions and playing with the children are all important elements of the Care Team’s work.