Government pledges to put children at heart of new health and care system


18 / 2 / 2013 16:35 PM

The new pledge – of which the NHS Confederation is a signatory – aims to make drastic improvements to the health of children and young people. 

It forms part of a series of actions to improve children's health announced by the Government today in response to recommendations from the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes (CYPHO) Forum.

Rhetoric to reality

Actions include:

  • Making sure children and young people are at the heart of the new health and care system and that their voices are heard.
  • Starting a data revolution so that the NHS and local authorities get better information which they can use to improve the health of young people.
  • The Chief Medical Officer will lead a new Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Board, which will make sure the issue stays top of the agenda by bringing health leaders together to improve children’s health.

Transformative action

The announcement follows calls from the NHS Confederation and partners for ministers to lead the joining up of children's services and implement the recommendations from the CYPHO Forum’s report.

Effective joint working

Commenting on today's announcement, Jo Webber, NHS Confederation interim director of policy, said: "The Government’s response clearly sets out the importance of effective joint working between agencies and professionals, putting the child at the centre of everything we do.

"We are pleased and proud to have signed up to the Pledge to make this a reality, and we will be working with NHS organisations to help deliver its aims.

Maintain focus

“In the current system where finances are tight and the number of organisations responsible for the looking after children’s health is increasing, there is a risk that services could become fragmented and children's care falls between the cracks."

Ms Webber added: "It is absolutely essential that organisations across health, social care and education maintain their focus on the task at hand and improve the connections between the services they plan and deliver. If we don't get this right, we simply won’t be doing enough to keep our children and young people as safe and healthy as they deserve to be."

Find out more

The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum was set up by the Government  in January 2012 to identify the health issues that matter most to young people. Find out more about the forum and their recommendations on the Department of Health website.

Download our publications:

Children and young people’s health and wellbeing in changing times

Involving children and young people in health services

Children and young people's health - where next?

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