RCPCH Scotland is supportive of this inquiry. Our briefing paper outlines our key priorities for improving primary care for the next generation.
The inquiry asked for views on:
- what changes are needed within primary care
- what the barriers are to delivering a sustainable primary care system in both urban and rural areas
- monitoring and evaluation.
- The inquiry should be sensitive to the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) in particular Article 12 and 24.
- Integration of care around the needs of children and young people is crucial to improving their health services and outcomes.
- Children and young people are historically under-represented in quality frameworks.
- It is the responsibility of all health professionals to contribute to solutions that will maximise children’s physical, mental health and wellbeing throughout childhood.
- General Practitioners (GPs) should be aware of the voice of children and young people and use this as a resource to inform and improve their practice.
- Facing the Future: Together for child health standards work to strengthen services and ensure specialist child health expertise and support are available directly into general practice services.
- There is an opportunity for children and young people to be more accurately counted in quality outcomes framework targets.
- All GPs should receive training so that they are skilled to deal with childhood illness.
- A bespoke child health workforce strategy should be developed.
We respond to a wide range of consultations to ensure that the College’s position, and ultimately children’s health, is represented. Members can get involved in current consultations by contacting the Scotland Team: firstname.lastname@example.org.