Winter planning

Services for children and young people face challenges, and particularly each winter. With our guidance, position statements and case studies, we support members to make a compelling and evidence-based case for children's healthcare.
We have continued to call on national governments to support paediatrics and child health during winter. In aututumn 2021, we pulled together a range of resources to support you and colleagues on the ground.
The prospect of delivering emergency care through a winter season during the COVID-19 pandemic presented an extra challenge. In autumn 2020, we outlined good practice ideas, including in the care environment, mental health and safeguarding.
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While robust infection control processes are essential, we've needed to ensure that the flow of patients through the hospital is maintained. We have recommendations on the management of infants and children with bronchiolitis and lower respiratory tract infections.
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.
How have hospitals and clinical teams like yours implemented these standards? We've collated examples from around the country, including some focused on winter planning.
Our quality improvement sharing hub includes resources and examples of interventions in a number of clinical practice areas, plus updates and events related to QI.

Advice for parents and young people

It can be confusing to know what to do when you or your child is unwell, or experience mental health issues, during coronavirus.

Our posters for families explain when and how to get medical help for your child, or for your young baby - or for yourself as a young person. They are specific to each nations, and display for England, Scotland, Wales (in English and Welsh) and Northern Ireland. The posters for Scotland and Wales were updated in December 2021.