Health Policy team

We aim to influence public policy at all levels to improve health outcomes for all infants, children and young people in the UK. We work with members and officers to develop evidence based policy and healthcare standards with clear asks and actions to influence key decision makers.

Our priorities:

  • Influence key  research decision makers so that child health research, including the areas of health, wellbeing services and mortality, is given the same parity as adult health research.
  • Improve health outcomes through advocacy, empower children to be in control of their own health and wellbeing and putting children and their families at the heart of what happens
  • Reduce the number of children who become ill  or whose illness progresses unnecessarily due avoidable factors.
  • Shape policy and practice in the NHS so that it provides high quality and sustainable healthcare services for all children regardless of the setting in which they receive it and to ensure long lasting improvements to services and systems to improve health outcomes for children.
  • Work in partnership with other organisations to implement early intervention strategies and reduce health inequalities for children.

Contact us on health.policy@rcpch.ac.uk

Recent content

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Health inequalities case studies

Social and economic inequalities have a significant impact on children's health outcomes. We are showcasing projects that are working to address health inequalities. These provide you as paediatricians with best practice examples of initiatives you might be able to replicate or implement in your loc...
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DfE and DHSC SEND Review - consultation response

In July 2022, we responded to the Department for Education (DfE) and Department of Health and Social Care's (DHSC) special educational needs and disability (SEND) Review. This webpage is a summary and contains our full response in the downloads section.