Winter pressures

We've surveyed our members and their colleagues working in Emergency Departments in the UK to find out the challenges they face going into winter and the solutions they've found helpful.
Our members told us that winter pressures are not just confined to children's Emergency Departments; they are part of a whole system problem. Workforce shortages contribute significantly to pressure on teams.
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A whole system approach to plan and mitigate for winter pressures is vital. Children must be explicitly considered and included in hospital and community plans with adequate resourcing.
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When did you last read about winter pressures funding for paediatrics? Dani Hall, consultant in paediatric emergency medicine, recalls the challenges her team faces each season.
We offer some practical advice, real life experiences and guidance to help support you while you work.
Children, young people and families thought of strain on the NHS, but wondered whether people in the community know when to go to A&E.
Our standards offer 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.

We are collecting best practice examples so we can share solutions for all colleagues. We will present at our winter pressures workshop at RCPCH Conference on 14 May 2019.

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