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Helena Specialist Nursing Team and Ryegate House

Helena Team and Ryegate House

Why we exist – Our purpose

We exist to enable children, young people and families to live their best lives.

We believe that they deserve choices, and we are passionate about working together to provide a unique service that gives them opportunities and empowers their voice.

How we will deliver our purpose – Our priorities

We will:

  1. Empower children, families and carers through personalised care, education and support
  2. Empower and educate ourselves, learning and developing to provide outstanding expertise
  3. Respectfully work together and collaborate across the Trust and the wider community to provide holistic care
  4. Build strong foundations and resilience within our team – because if we’re ok, they’re ok.

Helena Specialist Nursing Team

Our community based team provides continuing care packages to children and young people either in the family home or in education settings.  Our team is made up of highly skilled nurses, nurse associates, assistant practitioners, support workers and administrative staff who together strive to provide gold standard personalised care to children and young people within the Sheffield area.

A referral into the service can be made by any professional involved in a child’s care using the continuing care pre-assessment checklist below.

All referrals are to be sent to 

Education and Training

The team also offer training of parent/carers and teachers/assistants in the following subjects:

  • Respiratory care including oral and nasal suction, and nebulisation..
  • Tracheostomy care

Our training is tailored to meet the child or young person’s specific needs based on individualised care plans supported by their clinician.

This specialist health training is often delivered as part of a child or young person’s continuing care package.  For those children and young people who are not in receipt of continuing care there will be a cost for this service.  Please enquire about costings via email and we will happily discuss this with you prior to accepting your referral in.

Request for training forms can be sent electronically via email to:

For further information please see our training prospectus.

Ryegate House training

Ryegate House

Ryegate House is part of Sheffield Children’s. This is a fully accessible, six bedded facility which provides short breaks with 24 hour nursing care for children and young people aged 0-19 years with complex neurological health conditions. Our primary purpose is to provide opportunities for children or young people with complex health need to spend time away from their primary carers. This includes day, evening, overnight or weekend respite.

Access to the service will be via a single referral and assessment route integrated with the children’s continuing care assessments and the local authority short breaks processes.

For further information regarding making a referral please see the Ryegate House prospectus and Referral Checklist.

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