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The Out of Hospital Strategies and Care Award 2023

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This award recognises those who have demonstrated a contribution to out of hospital strategies and care, through one or more of the strategies below:

  • Facilitate effective coordination and continuity of care.
  • Minimise the pressure on our health system.
  • Delivery of quality care closer to home.


Home Enteral Nutrition Nursing Service (HENNS) in the Community

Children with complex health needs requiring enteral nutrition via a feeding device such as a gastrostomy tube or “PEG” normally require a hospital visit to change their tubes every 6 months. The HENNS team developed a model of care where Encompass nursing staff are able to visit the family at home, school or childcare which minimises the pressure on our hospital and delivers quality care closer to home.


CAMHS Paediatric Eating Disorder Service

This service helps young people with eating disorders and has improved out of hospital strategies and care by reducing the wait times for diagnosis and reducing the waitlist from more than 80 children and young people in April 2022, to zero by December 2022.

The WCH Foundation Cocoon Program

This program is providing coordinated care and early intervention to vulnerable babies under 12 months who are either under DCP safety plans or at risk of entering foster care. It allows the clinical team to identify any developmental challenges or risks as they arise to prevent further complexities and fewer re-admissions. The program runs a clinic each week where caregivers can see all the clinicians they need in the one visit simultaneously. This allows vulnerable babies to have their needs placed at the centre of the wrap-around support to assist their physical and emotional wellbeing.