An independent group of experts has been established to help develop a new strategy for improving care for children and young people.
The ‘Children’s and Young People’s outcomes strategy’ will focus the health service on improving health results for children, including those needing primary, hospital and urgent care, and children with long-term conditions.
It will identify health issues that matter most to children and young people, and how a modern NHS will meet their needs.
To inform the strategy, a group of independent experts from local government, the NHS and charities will hear views from children, parents, carers and wider families as well as health professionals.
The Children’s and Young People’s Forum will be jointly chaired by Professor Ian Lewis, Medical Director at the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, and Christine Lenehan, Director at the Council for Disabled Children.
Professor Ian Lewis said:
‘This is a welcome opportunity to focus on children and young people in order to ensure that the modernisation of health services work well for them.
‘It’s a genuine chance to make a difference to improve the availability and quality of healthcare provided to them by the NHS. We look forward to working alongside other experts as part of the Children’s and Young People’s Forum.’
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:
‘Our ambition for the Children’s and Young People’s Health Outcomes Strategy is a simple one - to improve outcomes for children and young people’s health.
‘We will bring together people and resources from across the NHS, social care and wider children’s services to develop a clear set of goals to give all children the right start in life.
‘By intervening early we will be to able to influence patterns of behaviour and can ensure that children and young people get the quality of care, services and support that they deserve.’
The Children’s and Young People’s Forum, which is designed on the NHS Future Forum model, will carry out a three-month period of engagement with appropriate stakeholders before submitting its recommendations to the Government later in the year.
The Forum will build on work already planned through the Health and Wellbeing Board learning network and the SEN and Disability Pathfinder programme.