Our care

Acorns provides care for babies, children and young people, who have life limiting or life threatening conditions. We offer a network of specialist palliative nursing care and support for local families.

Caring for a child with complex medical needs can place unimaginable demands on a family, both physically and emotionally. When time is short every moment is precious which is why, as well as providing specialist care, we help families to make lasting memories.

Quite simply, we’re here to support families on their journeys, in any way we can. Our package of care is tailored for each individual child to meet their medical, emotional, cultural, religious and spiritual needs.

In the past year, we have supported over 732 children and more than 940 families across the West Midlands, including those who have been bereaved.

Find out more about our care services

Our hospices

We provide care from our three hospices, as well as in the family home and the community. Our hospices are open 24/7, 365 days a year, ensuring we’re here for children and families when they need us most.

  • Acorns in Birmingham, based in Selly Oak, supports families from across Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Coventry
  • Acorns in the Black Country, based in Walsall, supports families from Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and Shropshire
  • Acorns for the Three Counties, based in Worcester, supports families from Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and South Warwickshire

Each of our hospices are purpose built with 10 specially decorated bedrooms catering for children and young people from birth to 18 years of age. They are designed to be a homely environment to help children enjoy their stay and make the most of every day. See inside our hospices.

A smiling boy with a feeding tube in his nose is sitting with his mum in the sensory room at Acorns Birmingham hospice. There are colourful lights, mirrors and toys in the background

Supporting the whole family

A holistic service meets the needs of the children and young people as well as the whole family, including siblings, parents and grandparents.

Our key services include providing day care and short breaks for children at our hospices, therapeutic and psychosocial support, family and siblings services, emergency and end of life care and post bereavement support.

View our care services for children to find out how we aim to make every day a child spends with us a special one, or see our family services to understand how we support the whole family.

Our specialist Care team

When a child is at Acorns Children’s Hospice, they are in safe hands. Our care is delivered by specialist in-house teams of registered children’s nurses, health care assistants, physiotherapists, family practitioners and volunteers. The hospices also have daily visits from local GPs and access to the expertise of Acorns own paediatric palliative care consultant.

Acorns nurses are all registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council as either paediatric (children’s) nurses, general or adult nurses and learning disabilities nurses. They are the same trained nurses as you find in the NHS but may not be as easily recognisable as they don’t wear uniforms. They have a variety of experiences and come from a whole range of different backgrounds such as general hospitals, community, intensive care units or schools to name a few.

A little boy with a tube in his nose is held on a sofa by an Acorns staff member

Each hospice has a team of local GPs who have been working with Acorns for many years and are available for all children as necessary 24 hours a day as well as visiting or contacting the hospice every day. We seek to work in partnership with medical teams already providing care to the child and family.

Acorns is dedicated to learning and development and we actively encourage and support all our staff to continually train and update their practice. We ensure that our care teams’ skills and knowledge are up to date and effective in the care they give through continual learning.

We build in-house teams with the aim of providing children and families with the very best care designed around their individual needs.

Read our family stories