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PHE publishes Children and Young People’s Health Benchmarking Tool

New toolkit brings together key indicators to support the commissioning of children’s services.

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The Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network has published a first version of the Children and Young People’s Health Benchmarking Tool.

This new resource brings together and builds on health outcomes data from the Public Health Outcomes Framework and the NHS Outcomes Framework. It responds to the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum’s recommendation that a view of these frameworks be created which highlights areas of particular relevance to improving the health outcomes of children and young people.

A number of important additional indicators were also recommended by the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum. These will be considered for addition to the Outcomes Frameworks as part of their refresh consultation processes, together with increased detail for existing indicators as the data becomes available. These indicators, when viewed together, will inform discussions and encourage improvements in services and health outcomes for children and young people.

Professor Ian Lewis, co-Chair of the National Children and Young People’s Healthcare Outcomes Forum and Chair of the ChiMat Health Intelligence Network said:

I welcome this single site that brings together all children and young people’s outcome indicators in both the NHS and Public Health Outcomes Frameworks in an easily accessible and meaningful way. It highlights many important areas for improvement but also the need to expand the scope of the currently available indicators in line with the recommendations of the Children and Young People’s Outcomes Forum.

Dr Ann Hoskins, Director for Children, Young People and Families, Public Health England said:

The Children and Young People’s Health Benchmarking Tool is an important new development that brings together all the outcomes for children in the NHS and Public Health Outcomes Frameworks. It is an essential new resource to support joined up commissioning of services for children, young people and families at a local level.

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The Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network provides information and intelligence to improve decision-making for high quality, cost effective services. Our work supports policy makers, commissioners, managers, regulators, and other health stakeholders working on children’s, young people’s and maternal health.

The title Children and Young People’s Benchmarking Tool is now being used to avoid any confusion with the Department of Health’s existing Outcomes Frameworks relating to the NHS, Public Health and Adult Social Care.

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The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum is an independent group of experts from local government, the NHS and charities that is advising the Government on improving services and outcomes for children and young people. For more information, see the Department of Health website.

Published 7 January 2014