Facing the Future: Service standards

Facing the Future provides a vision of how paediatric care can be delivered to provide a safe and sustainable, high-quality service that meets the health needs of every child and young person.

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Developed jointly by the RCPCH, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Psychiatrists. 

New standards focus on ensuring promt and correct diagnosis, improving the long-term care and management of children under the child health service (including transition and mental health) and the governance arrangements needed to connect the whole system.

Standards for children with ongoing health needs - 2018 (PDF, 2.56 MB)

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Facing the Future Together for Child Health: Standards for the unscheduled care pathway

Facing the Future: Together for Child Health is a set of standards, developed jointly by the RCPCH, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing.

It builds on the Facing the Future: Standards for Acute General Paediatric Services, expanding them to acute care outside the hospital. The standards apply across the unscheduled care pathway and aim to improve health care and outcomes for children and young people with acute illness.

Together for child health - 2015 (PDF, 698KB)

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Facing the Future: Standards for Acute General Paediatrics

These standards apply to children who are admitted to the acute paediatric setting. The report sets out ten standards for high quality, safe and sustainable acute general paediatric services. It is essential that paediatrics is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week specialty; with the most experienced doctors present at the busiest times.

The RCPCH believes that these standards will bring a level of consistency to what is currently quite a variable pattern of practice. The intention is to ensure that every child is seen in a timely manner by a suitably experienced doctor.

Standards for acute general paediatric services - 2015 (PDF, 948KB)

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A review of paediatric services - 2011 (PDF, 371KB) - detailed service modelling and workforce implications and guidance