This educational and promotional event is supported and funded by Flynn Pharma Ltd.
Hitting the Snooze Button – Why Do We Need a Community Paediatric Sleep Support Service?
Meet the Speakers
Dr Fairfield is the clinical lead for the Community Paediatric service in the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT). She has an interest in neurodisability and is currently acting as the Medical Advisor to the trust’s adoption panel. Over recent years as part of a wider group within WHSCT, Dr Fairfield has sought to improve services offered to children with sleep disturbance in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders, given the significant negative impact sleep disturbance has not only on the child but on the wider family unit.
After qualifying as a Children's Nurse in 1997, Briege worked in the Acute Paediatric Ward in Altnagelvin until 2018. (21 fantastic years!) She worked as a Staff Nurse until 2010 when she became the Deputy Ward Sister. During this time Briege had some rotational periods in the Neo-Natal Unit. In 2018 she moved to the Community Childrens Nursing Team (WHSCT- Northern Sector) caring for children with complex medical & nursing needs where she remained for 4 years, during which time Briege became an independent nurse prescriber. In 2019 she completed a qualification in Sleep Counselling in Cognitive and Behavioural Techniques and in 2022, was successful in her application for the 1st Community Paediatric Nurse Specialist post within both Northern & Southern Sectors of the WHSCT. As part of Briege's role, she supports children & families with neurodevelopmental disorders that experience sleep difficulties. Briege works as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team, and she looks forward to developing & expanding her role in the future. As the chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu said; “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”
What will the webinar cover?
Key learning objectives
- To explore the guidance for the pharmacological management of insomnia in the paediatric population with neurodevelopmental disorders
- To show how a new community paediatric sleep support service is managed and what we can all learn from providing this service