Networks for children's health services
More information about networks for children's health services and working across boundaries, and some examples of effective joint working in particular specialities.
As health policy across the UK increasingly looks to supporting new models of service planning across clinical and geographical boundaries, it is important that the benefits of integration, networks of care and partnership working are exploited to deliver high quality care to children according to their needs.
If you are part of a new network we would love to hear about your experiences - contact the Health Policy team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Strategic clinical networks
In July 2012, the Department of Health announced that from 2013 there will be four strategic clinical networks across England. Alongside networks for cancer, cardiovascular disease and mental health, dementia and neurological disease, there is a maternity and children’s network.
RCPCH President (April 2012 - April 2015) Dr Hilary Cass commented: 'I’m delighted to see children's health acknowledged as a key priority - and for the first time a dedicated network will be in place to promote a culture of integrated care across 12 geographical areas. This will go a long way to helping ensure healthcare for children is as responsive as it can be.“
Bringing networks to life (March 2012)
In parallel with work by the NHS Commissioning Board in England on the development of managed clinical networks, the College launched a guide to establishing and managing successful networks for children’s health services across the UK.
This document aims to 'make the case' for development and maintenance of formal and informal paediatric networks across a range of specialties. It sets out the rationale and benefits and provides evidence based examples, tips and checklists to ensure that development of new networks benefits from the lessons of others, and successful models are promoted for others to emulate where appropriate.
We hope that you will find the document useful in your work and that the specific needs of children and young people are prioritised when designing and improving specialist services across the NHS.
(PDF, 480 KB, 38 pages)
(PDF, 37KB, 7 pages)
Guidance on paediatric nephrology networks
In collaboration with NHS KidneyCare and the British Association of Paediatric Nephrology, the College published a report on paediatric nephrology networks, setting out the core requirements for success and standards for commissioning and provision of services.
Teams without walls
This report, produced by RCP, RCGP and RCPCH (2008), explores the concept of 'teams without walls' whereby professionals from primary and secondary care work across traditional health boundaries to deliver care that puts the patient first.
(PDF, 118KB, 15pages)
Networks in the New NHS - a presentation by Dr Carol Ewing, RCPCH Workforce Officer (June 2011)
, an Informatics for quality presentation by Dr David Low, Chair of the Informatics Committee at the RCPCH Annual Conference 2011
A Guide to Understanding Networks and Pathways (PDF) - outlines the theory and practical application of pathway and networks
Old Problems New Solutions (PDF) - outlines RCPCH research into how NHS services were responding to the needs of children and describes a range of children's services that have developed in recent years