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Maternity and children - Children work programmes

What?
We aim to support the delivery of high quality healthcare for children, young people and their families across the East Midlands, now and for future generations. We bring together commissioners, providers and stakeholders via our children’s clinical steering group and other working groups.

We aim to support the transformation and reduction of variation in care within specialised and long term children's services and to reduce unwarranted variation in outcomes and patient experiences of general paediatric surgery for children across the East Midlands. We are also focusing on creating an acute care pathway and forum across the East Midlands, involving all sectors (primary care, secondary care, pharmacy, schools, ambulances) to standardise the assessment and management of fever and asthma in children. For all services we support the provision of the evidenced based high quality care as close to home as possible

In conjunction with the mental health network, we are facilitating the improvement in the emotional health and well-being, and specialised mental health, of children and young people.

We also act as a critical friend to those organisations in the region who require clinical expertise.

Our children’s programmes are led by Dr Jane Williams, Children’s Clinical Director. Jane is a consultant paediatrician specialising in neurodisability. She has chaired national committees, sat on a NICE guideline development group and the editorial board of a scientific journal, published various papers and edited a textbook on childhood disability. Her interests are acquired brain injury in childhood and rehabilitation.

Why?
Collaborative working within and between specialised children's services is essential to develop sustainable East Midlands provision. A networked approach to the provision of general paediatric surgery supports service standards and helps identify and reduce unwarranted variation in outcomes and experience.

The mental health needs of children and young people are increasing, leading to greater service demand. However, there is fragmented commissioning, with variable delivery, with particular gaps in early intervention and prevention, crisis support, and in patient availability.

Work programmes

Current work programmes include:

  • Children and young people’s emotional health and well-being
  • Urgent and emergency care with a focus on long term conditions