Winter pressures

Urgent and emergency care services for children and young people face challenges, particularly each winter. With insight from our members, and a collection of case studies from around the country, we want to support members to make a compelling and evidence-based case for change.
Our joint position statement with RCEM and RCN recommends a whole system approach to healthcare planning which treats children equally to adults in emergency departments.
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In 2018 we surveyed our members and their colleagues working in UK Emergency Departments to find out the challenges they face going into winter and the solutions they've found helpful.
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"Increased illnesses at winter time [mean] more work for the NHS." "Overcrowded A&E centres due to cold weather related problems." Children, young people and families gave their thoughts on winter pressures.

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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