Networks are fundamental to improving the quality of paediatric care. Well managed networks of specialised and integrated care provide many benefits: cost-effectiveness, accountability, governance, individualised care pathways and sharing of expertise.
Our members shared best practice examples of effective pathway design and network development. Their experience grounds the evidence provided in this report.
- Implementing the network model of care provides the highest quality of care.
- Services should be appropriately and effectively built around the needs of the child and their family.
- Clinical networks differ at various stages of development.
- Strong financial, governance and quality improvement frameworks are required for delivering mature networks.
- Social care, education, public health and other agencies are encouraged within networks.
- The pitfalls and difficulties of developing networks are established, with solutions provided.
What happens next?
Moving from ideas to reality: paediatricians can consult the checklist for their unit, locality and region to assist in developing a networked model of care.
We will provide updates, including guidance to establish and deliver networks, on this website.
If you are part of a network we want to hear your experience. Please contact the Health Policy team at firstname.lastname@example.org