Despite impressive improvements in child health in recent decades, there are gaps and inequalities in the health care services provided to children in the UK and internationally. Whilst already very challenging for adults, the lack of robust data and indicators makes it even more difficult to capture the quality of services for children and young people.
While not explicitly ‘vanguard’ sites under the New Care Models Programme of the Five Year Forward View, a number of new models of service delivery for children and young people are emerging, offering different ways of managing the needs of patients with acute and chronic conditions. Yet we lack understanding of how these services fit into the changing landscape in adult services, what drives them and how they work.
In the context of the Five Year Forward View and emerging new models of care, the Nuffield Trust held an interactive workshop bringing together clinicians, researchers, patient representatives, commissioners and policy makers to better understand the drivers for delivering child health services differently, their potential impact on the quality of care delivered and their transferability around the country.
Questions explored included:
- What new models of service delivery for children and young people are emerging and why they have been developed?
- What are their strengths and weaknesses, and how can we measure their success?
- What are the common challenges these models are facing and potential solutions? Are these models sustainable and transferable?
The format of the workshop was largely interactive with a combination of audience participation and table discussions. The key messages from the workshop were published in a report following the event.