Our Impact

Our impact in numbers

Over 150 Roald Dahl Nurses established*

Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses are a vital lifeline to the children and their families, supporting them clinically and emotionally.

*includes one play specialist and two occupational therapists.

Over 36,000 children and young people supported**

"If we didn't have our Roald Dahl Nurse, we'd feel completely alone." Parent of a seriously ill child.

**Seriously ill children supported at any one time. This number is estimated.

Over 65 Partnerships with NHS Trusts and Health Boards

We highly value our relationships with the NHS, creating and innovating seriously ill children's healthcare with them, improving outcomes and making better lives.

9.47 out of 10 - how satisfied families are with their Roald Dahl Nurse

In a recent survey we found that families value their Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses very highly.

"Our Roald Dahl Nurse has been a beacon of light in our darkest of hours." Parent of a seriously ill child.

Over 30 nurse-led innovation projects developed and delivered

We support Roald Dahl Nurses to solve problems creatively. Using a cohort approach, and through forming partnerships we work closely with our nurses to improve healthcare outcomes for children through innovation.

The impact of Roald Dahl Nurse Specialists

In order to better understand the contribution of Roald Dahl Nurses to children's healthcare, we commissioned Sheffield Hallam University to independently explore and evaluate, from the perspectives of multiple stakeholder groups, the role and impact of Roald Dahl Nurses.

Sheffield Hallam University has evidenced that Roald Dahl Nurses, regardless of their specialty, location, organisation or service focus, have a profoundly positive impact on the stakeholders around them.

Roald Dahl Nurses have proved to be invaluable assets and indispensable not only for the children and families in their caseload, but also the NHS Trusts and Health Boards where they work, the medical teams and the community at large.

Roald Dahl Nurses' four impact areas


Quality and experience of care

family centered

Holistic family-centered care


Efficiencies and cost-effectiveness


Leadership and innovation

Sheffield Hallam University Research

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'Marvellous Nurses' - Highlights of SHU study
Sheffield Hallam University
SHU - Full Evaluation Report

Impact Newsletters and Annual Review

Our Impact Newsletters and Annual Reviews showcase our work and how the help of our incredible supporters impacts the children and families we serve.

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Annual Review 2022/23
Lisa Smith   St Peter's and Ashford
Charity Update - December 2022
small Elizabeth   Zenith Global Health Award   Oct 2019 2
Impact Newsletter - Spring 2022

Find out other information about our impact.

Alfie's Story 2023
Our impact on families - meet Alfie
Roald Dahl Nurse map
Find out where Roald Dahl Nurses are
Roald Dahl Nurse with two children
Read more about our work
What the charity has done for us is priceless. We need our Roald Dahl Nurse.
- Parent of a seriously ill child