The RCPCH policy team supports members and officers in making and shaping policy affecting health services for children and young people.
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Commissioning a good child health service
The RCGP, in partnership with RCPCH and RCN, has published a guide for commissioners on what a good child health service should provide. The guidance is primarily targetted at nascent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and is available to read.
Francis Inquiry consultation
New national guidance for safeguarding children
RCPCH joins health professionals in tackling health inequalities
Along with 18 other health professional bodies, the RCPCH has committed to reduce health inequalities in Working for Health Equity: The Role of Health Professionals, the recently published document from the UCL Institute for Health Equity, led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot. Children have no control over the socioeconomic conditions into which they are born, making them vulnerable and entirely dependent on others in the first stages of their lives. Their experiences, decision-making and lifestyle choices are all heavily influenced by the people and environment that surrounds them and poverty has a significant impact on the material living standards and the general well-being of children, in addition to their opportunities and chances.
Francis inquiry finally published
The inquiry into the failures in care at the NHS Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, led by Robert Francis QC, has published its final report. The report extends to three volumes, and makes 290 recommendations. The RCPCH will be producing a detailed briefing on the report from a paediatric perspective, and the executive summary is available to read here.
Government response to the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum
The RCPCH and 16 other organisations have signed a pledge to improve child health and reduce premature mortality as part of the government’s response to the Children and Young People’s Health Forum report in July 2012. The report is available to read here, and the RCPCH’s response is available to read here.
Health policy consultations
The RCPCH has responded to three policy consultations this month. The Welsh Government held a consultation as it sought to collect views on whether there should be a public health bill in Wales; the Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Education jointly held a consultation to consider inclusion of a multidimensional measure of child poverty; and the Home Office also held a consultation on alcohol strategy, in which they have proposed further measures to reduce excessive drinking.
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Child Health in the UK | The Future, 11 - 12 April 2013, University of Manchester
Specialised services consultation
Consultation on the NHS Constitution
RCPCH Annual Lecture
RCPCH releases position statement on Vitamin D
Guidance on under-16 pregnancy checks
Determining pregnancy status in young female patients under 16 years of age is an area that clinicians may find difficult. Whilst regulators state it is required before surgical or radiological procedures the ethical, practical and contextual considerations can compromise compliance with good practice.
This practical guide sets out the considerations and approaches that NHS organisations may consider when developing their policies in this area. Supported by all the major professional clinical bodies and backed with evident statistics and tools it aims to support local members in brokering conversations and agreement around this sensitive process.
Ministerial reshuffle and pictorial representation of the reforms
Jeremy Hunt MP has replaced Andrew Lansley as Secretary of State for Health in the Prime Minister’s autumn reshuffle. Hunt has a new ministerial team to work with as well, with Norman Lamb, Anna Soubry and Dr Daniel Poulter stepping into the roles of Minister for Care Services, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health respectively. Dr Poulter will have responsibility for children’s health.
Simultaneously, the Department of Health has produced a visual representation of the new structures in the NHS from April 2013:
View the August 2012 health policy e-bulletin (PDF, 69KB, 3 pages)
For child protection publications, click here.
Looked after children 2012
The RCPCH and RCN have published an intercollegiate role framework Looked after children: knowledge, skills and competences of health care staff. Visit the looked after children web page for more information.
Standards for Children and Young People in Emergency Care Settings 2012
Visit the emergency care webpage for more information
RCPCH Postition Statements
Download our Vitamin D, Childhood Obesity and Breastfeeding position statements here.
Bringing Networks to Life: An RCPCH guide to implementing clinical networks 2012
Visit our networks web page for more information.
Children and young people's health - where next? 2011
This publication, produced by the RCPCH, NHS Confederation and the Office of Public Management (OPM), builds on a stakeholder event with sector leaders in early September 2011, and presents a consensus view on the impact of the recent health reforms on children’s health, as well as recommendations on how they might be improved.
Involving Children and Young People in Health Services 2011
Accompanying the publication children and young people's health: where next?, is a challenging new report ensuring the views and experiences of children and young people are at the heart of NHS reforms. See the webpage
Auditing the Facing the Future standards for acute general paediatrics
The College is currently auditing the 10 service standards outlined in Facing the Future, as promised in the original document (p.6, April 2010). We wrote to NHS trust chief executives this summer, before sending out the survey to clinical directors two weeks later. If you would like more information, please email Peder Clark, Health Policy Lead.
Intercollegiate Healthcare Standards for Children and Young People in Secure Settings (CYPSS)
RCPCH is leading a new project, funded by the Youth Justice Board, to develop and implement a set of standards for the planning and provision of healthcare for children and young people in secure settings. Visit the secure settings web page for more information.
For more information on any of the content of this page, please email the health policy team.
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