Quality improvement in child health framework - supporting the delivery of high quality care

This strategic framework details how the College will support, educate and develop paediatricians and the wider child health workforce to deliver high quality care for infants, children and young people - and so reduce the number of preventable deaths and improve their experience of healthcare.

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Quality improvement strategic framework (122KB)

Why we developed the framework

The RCPCH commissioned a report, Why Children Die, jointly with the National Children’s Bureau. This estimated that about 2,000 additional children die each year in the UK than in the best performing country, Sweden.

The report highlights the importance of access to high quality healthcare for infants, children and young people. It calls for a reduction in preventable deaths through better training of healthcare professionals to enable early identification and treatment of illness.

About the framework

A task and finish group developed the framework. It outlines how the College will support the delivery of high quality care through the education and development of paediatricians and the wider child health workforce.

The framework is aligned to the six domains of healthcare quality; healthcare should be:

  • safe
  • effective
  • person-centred
  • timely
  • efficient
  • equitable.

The main aims are to:

  • support the wide variety of endeavours already undertaken in paediatrics and child health to improve care
  • provide opportunities to share learning and best practice.

Embedding the framework in our work

We are now implementing activities to embed the framework in core areas of College work, This is happening across all four nations.

If you are working on a local QI project, are involved in a collaborative, or just want to know more, please contact us at qi@rcpch.ac.uk