Facing the Future: Implementing standards

We produce tools and resources to support clinicians, service planners and commissioners to implement the standards. These aim to equip you with the necessary practice examples and workforce recommendations that will help local services to meet the standards.

Implementation plans

Facing the Future: Standards for Acute General Paediatric Services Implementation PlanFacing the Future: Standards for Acute General Paediatric Services Implementation Plan (PDF, 134KB)

The standards cannot be met with the current workforce and the current number of inpatient units. To enable services to meet these standards we make five key recommendations:

 - reduce the number of inpatient sites

 - increase the number of consultants

 - expand significantly the number of registered children’s nurses

 - expand the number of GPs trained in paediatrics

 - decrease the number of paediatric trainees.



Facing the Future: Together for Child Health Implementation Plan Facing the Future: Together for Child Health Implementation Plan (PDF, 125KB)

The Colleges have jointly developed a plan to support the implementation of the standards across the UK by:

 - supporting and equipping members across the three Colleges with the information and skills to influence at a local level

 - supporting services to implement the standards

 - continuing discussions and negotiation between the Colleges and key stakeholders at a national policy level

 - ensuring children and young people and their parents and carers know the quality of care they can expect and helping to change behaviours.



Workforce implications

These documents focus on the broad workforce implications of implementing the standards. Click below to download the PDFs.

Workforce implications for Acute General Paediatrics 2015          Workforce implications for Together for Child Health 2015     

Together for Child Health standards: Practice examples from across UK

These are not endorsed by the RCPCH but intended to illustrate a range of ways in which the standards are already being implemented.

We have categorised them into four groups - click on the icons below to view:

Working with GPs practice examples          Community children's nursing teams practice examples     

Whole systems practice examples          Supporting parents and carers practice examples

We are always looking to include examples of where new models of care or systems are being delivered to meet standards particularly well. Submit yours to facingthefuture@rcpch.ac.uk.

Making Standards a Reality - 2016 event

In November 2016, child health professionals from the College and NHS England came together to discuss the challenges and successes of implementing the standards. View the presentations.

Previous Standards for Acute General Paediatrics 2011

Standards for Acute General Paediatrics 2011

Workforce implications for Acute General Paediatrics 2011

Quality and Safety Standards for Small and Remote Paediatric Units 2011