Editorial EDITOR Christine Walker Tel: +44 (0)20 8872 3154 Email: [email protected] CONSULTANT EDITORS Doreen Crawford Senior lecturer in nursing and midwifery, De Montfort University, Leicester Annette Dearmun Divisional head of governance and nursing (children and women’s division), Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Antoinette Bewley Senior lecturer, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk Susan Chapman Honorary consultant, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust David Clarke Lecturer in nursing, Cardiff University Imelda Coyne Professor of children’s nursing and director of children’s research, Trinity College Dublin Mats Eriksson Associate professor, Örebro University Hospital, Sweden Huda Abu-Saad Huijer Professor of nursing science, American University of Beirut Regina Lai Tong Lee Associate professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China Orla McAlinden Lecturer in nursing (children and young people), Queen’s University Belfast Toby Mohammed Head of practice development, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Linda Shields Professor of tropical health nursing, James Cook University and Townsville Health Service District; honorary professor, Queensland University, Australia Fiona Smith Professional lead in children’s and young people’s nursing, RCN Joanna Smith Senior lecturer in children’s nursing, University of Huddersfield Jocelyne Tourigny Professor and assistant director graduate programs, Ottowa, Canada Mark Whiting Consultant nurse, Peace Children’s Centre, Watford, and WellChild professor of community children’s nursing, University of Hertfordshire

Child health must be a priority The dust is beginning to settle after the election. Not everyone is happy, but living in a democracy means that the results are respected and life moves on. The implications for the NHS are, at present, speculative. However, prime minister David Cameron has, in the past, spoken with heartfelt honesty about what children’s nurses did for his son and what their actions meant to him and his family during difficult times. Perhaps we can be optimistic that child health will become the priority it should be and that children in the UK can look forward to improved health outcomes.

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Nurses are pragmatic people who find solutions and make things work, and children’s nurses generally have positive attitudes to emerging policy, reports and recommendations. This can be seen from their responses to the Shape of Caring review. There is a lot to appreciate in Lord Willis’s report: recognition of healthcare assistants and widening entry to nurse education, as well as his views about a standardised programme of preparation and on mentoring.

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Nurses are pragmatic people who find solutions, and children’s nurses generally have positive attitudes to emerging policy

Doreen Crawford Consultant editor

However, a move towards a more generic programme ought to be rejected. A whole-person approach with one year to ‘specialise’ has no evidence base, will do nothing to enhance the quality of health care offered to children or improve child health. This month’s journal examines the challenges for practitioners of working with parents who have sought information online and considers the new reality of nursing in the digital age (page 34). On page 22, there is a positive review of the benefits for infants and families of kangaroo care and, on page 28, there is a welcome consideration of a study on how staff and service users perceive out-of-hospital provision, with recommendations for education. A further article (page 16) focuses on the importance of educating teenagers and accommodating normal adolescent behaviour with the need for compliance with treatment for food allergy. Doreen Crawford is senior lecturer in nursing and midwifery, De Montfort University, Leicester

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