The Children’s Service at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) provides acute and community services to the child population of the city of Bradford.
Children’s Services comprises of three inpatient wards, a children’s assessment unit, a children’s outpatient department, child development service, community paediatric service, community nursing and continuing care team, palliative care service, continence service, the clinical nurse specialist teams and the medical secretary teams.
Children’s Services includes a state-of-the-art children’s unit on the BRI site. Any child who requires intensive care is transferred to a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), as we do not have a PICU within our children’s service.
The children’s unit is covered by a committed medical, nursing and support teams. The medical team consists of consultants, specialist registrars and junior doctors. The nursing teams consist of a senior sister or charge nurse, junior sisters, advanced clinical practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and staff nurses, the majority of which are all trained in the children’s nursing specialty.
The support team consists of play leaders, healthcare assistants and housekeepers. The medical and nursing teams work in collaboration with dietitians, physiotherapists, psychologists and occupational therapists. Children who are admitted to Ward 2 are usually cared for by a surgical team; this includes the general surgery team, plastic surgery team, ear nose and throat team, orthopaedic team, ophthalmology team, maxillo-facial team or the community dental team. The whole service is supported by the management team, along with the administrative team which includes medical secretaries and support staff.
The Children’s Services Directorate incorporates the Neonatal Service.