12 August 2019

Young people in Newham with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and complex health needs are getting a Marvellous boost to their care - and it’s all down to the generosity of a charity set up in memory of much loved children’s author Roald Dahl.

East London NHS Foundation Trust is one of three NHS Trusts benefitting from Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity's decision to fund a Roald Dahl Specialist Transition Nurse post. 

The new appointee will work directly with children and families across the borough to support them as they make their transition from child to adult health services.

The highly specialist role being created in Newham is part of the charity’s ongoing strategy to address the gap in quality transition care in the UK.

The charity has already funded four Roald Dahl Specialist Transition Nurse posts and plans to fund further Transition posts in 2020 (NHS Trusts interested in applying for funding for a Specialist Transition Post can email transition@roalddahlcharity.org to express interest).

The candidate appointed will be joining the East London NHS Foundation Trust’s Specialist Children’s and Young People’s Services (SCYPS) based at the borough’s West Ham Lane Care Centre.

The Transition posts add to the over 70 Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses who care for seriously ill children across the UK.

Roald Dahl Nurses care for youngsters who have long-term, incurable conditions including epilepsy, acquired brain injury, rare diseases, sickle cell and thalassemia.

Transition is a key element in all Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses’ work as they empower their patients and families to be more independent as they move into adult care.

“We had strong interest from NHS Trusts nationally with 17 applications in total for funding which shows the need for support of young people moving from paediatric to adult services,” said Sophie Dziwinski, Head of Programmes for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

‘We conducted a formal review of all applications and are delighted to be able to award funding to three NHS Trusts including the East London Foundation Trust.”

On learning that the application for the Roald Dahl Specialist Transition Nurse post had been successful, Sarah Wilson, Director for ELFT’s Child and Adolescent Services, said:

"We are so pleased to receive this money for a Roald Dahl Specialist Transition Nurse post.

"This role will enable us to provide much needed support for young people moving from paediatric to adult services which can often be an uncertain time for them.

"It will make a real difference and provide additional support at a critical time."

Applications for the post are open now and full details can be found on the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children's Charity website here.

For more information, please visit www.roalddahl.com/charity/transition