RCPCH responds to NHS England’s Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View

Two and a half years since the publication of the NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, the organisation has released its plan for next steps, with an emphasis on improving efficiency and increasing access to mental health services for children and young people. 

Responding to NHS England’s delivery plan, ‘Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View’, Dr Carol Ewing, Vice President for Health Policy at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: 

“There is much evidence to show that outcomes for children need to be improved throughout the life course if there is going to be any impact on their health and wellbeing into adulthood. Improving child health and preventing ill-health rightly remain a feature of the Five Year Forward View and we welcome emphasis on providing more care in the community.

“The continued focus on children’s mental health is encouraging; not least because the number of beds for children and young people is simply not enough to deal with admissions. Prevention is absolutely key and we very much support the plans for more mental health professionals in the community.

“In relation to tackling obesity, we look forward to the response to the public consultation on food on offer in NHS premises.  The health service must lead by example; junk food should not be a feature of our hospitals, and healthy food and drink must be readily available to patients, visitors and staff. 

“It’s also good to see NHS England’s commitment to rolling out the ‘flu vaccination to all children in year 4 in 2017/18. 

“And from April 2017 all parent’s of children in London will have access to their child’s health record (the ‘red book’) online,  with a view to this becoming nationwide.  This will make records more easily accessible and quicker to update, which will be of huge benefit to parents, healthcare professionals and most importantly, children.”