Winter pressures

Urgent and emergency care services for children and young people face challenges, particularly each winter - and perhaps none more so this year. With our position statements and case studies from around the country, we support members to make a compelling and evidence-based case for change.
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The prospect of delivering emergency care through a winter season during the COVID-19 pandemic presents an extra challenge. We outline a range of good practice ideas that may help members this winter.
Our joint position statement with RCEM and RCN, published in November 2019, recommended a whole system approach to healthcare planning which treats children equally to adults in emergency departments.
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These recommendations on the management of children with bronchiolitis and respiratory tract infections in hospital settings during COVID-19 are for clinicians to support winter planning.

What do children, young people and families think?

"Increased illnesses at winter time [mean] more work for the NHS."

"Overcrowded A&E centres due to cold weather related problems."

How are children's urgent and emergency care services managing winter pressures? We have assembled a collection of case studies that describe different approaches to tackling these issues.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reached out to members across the UK, who have recommended some useful wellbeing resources, whether at work or at home.
Paediatricians in the NHS often tell us they love their work, but we know there are serious challenges at any time of year. We have a range of resources for members at all career stages.
Our standards aim to ensure that urgent and emergency care is fully integrated to ensure children are seen by the right people, at the right place and in the right setting.

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Update from Officer for Scotland - September 2020

Professor Steve Turner, RCPCH Officer for Scotland, addresses members working across Scotland. He explores the College's programme of work on winter pressures, shielding guidance, the regularly updated COVID-19 research evidence summaries and the new virtual clinical exams.