15 April 2020
RCPCH is launching a new data collection and reporting tool to track the impact of COVID-19 on child health services. Dr Jay and Professor Bishop explain why it is so important to capture changes to services during this period.
This page provides guidance for paediatric emergency and acute settings. It has been produced with the Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine (APEM) and the British Paediatric Allergy, Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG). The guidance includes preparations, good practice tips, infection ...
Delayed access to care for children during COVID-19: our role as paediatricians - position statement
Evidence is emerging that children and families are not accessing medical advice and review as soon as is needed. In this position statement, published 3 April 2020, we outline our role as paediatricians to help ensure children get the right care at the right time and right place.
30 April 2020
Recognition of serious infection in children is a topic of national importance. Research shows that the death rate from infection in children in the UK is higher than the rest of Europe and serious infection in children is not well recognised in the acute setting.
We are familiar with the stresses on emergency departments (EDs) each winter. Each child and young person who needs unscheduled care should have access to services that are high-quality, safe and effective. In this joint position statement from RCPCH, RCEM and RCN, we recommend a whole system a...
Dr Michael McCarron, Paediatric Emergency Medicine Grid Registrar (ST8) from Sheffield Children’s Hospital, outlines the introduction of a GP streaming model and its impact on patient flow through the emergency department.
Dr John Criddle from the Evelina London Children’s Hospital describes the introduction of point of care diagnostics in the paediatric emergency department (PED) and its impact on patient flow.
14 November 2019
We respond to the publication of A&E waiting times by the NHS. Less than three-quarters of patients attending A&E departments in England during October were seen within the four hour target period.
Dr Keir Shiels at a district general hospital describes a measure to tackle delays in discharging patients: a satellite dispensary in a paediatric discharge lounge.
Dr Richard Burridge and Dr Michelle Jacobs from Watford General Hospital discuss the introduction of a ‘twilight’ emergency nurse practitioner shift as one part of a range of measures to manage long waits in the children’s emergency department.