We know that when children become ill it is a worrying time for parents and carers. Assessment and diagnosis is often challenging for healthcare professionals and requires them to have appropriate skills and competencies. Children and young people often need a different approach from adults, and many health professionals are anxious about assessing children.
Much has been done to help healthcare professionals to treat sick children. Spotting the Sick Child was developed by clinicians and academics as a web-based interactive tool using real life scenarios and was well received – but a lot more can be done.
The strategy provides us with an ideal opportunity to develop further improvements and we would like to hear from you on the following questions in relation to acutely ill children:
- Where is the health service falling short for children and young people – what is our weakest link and what can we do to improve things to make sure it makes a real difference to the lives of children and young people?
- With so many different parts of the health system in place, what do they need to focus on and improve to make sure they each work together to deliver the best possible health service for children and young people?
- The NHS and Public Health Outcomes Frameworks propose key areas of focus: making sure everyone lives healthy lives for longer, addressing inequalities, enhancing quality of life for people with long term conditions, helping people recover from ill health or following an injury, ensuring people have a positive experience of care, treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from harm – are these the right priority areas in relation to children and young people’s health outcomes? Is there anything missing?
See outcomes specific to children and young people in these frameworks
- What should key health outcomes for children and young people include?
The Forum’s work on acutely sick children is led by Carol Ewing and Eric Kelly.